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Ben Heck, host of element14's the Ben Heck Show, was a featured speakers at a TEDxNavesink event that took place in the Pollak Theater of Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ on April 9, 2016. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas worth spreading. Since it began in California 29 years ago, TED has grown to support world-changing ideas and initiatives. A TED conference brings together the world's leading thinkers and doers to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TEDx events use the TED conference format but are independently organized by a community. The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. There have been more than 5,000 TEDx events with selected talks covering almost all topics - from science to business to global issues - in more than 100 languages.
In his talk Ben discusses the Maker movement and its origins while giving advice to anyone contemplating becoming a member of the Maker community. Ben uses his life story as inspiration for anyone thinking about becoming part of the Maker Community while highlighting one of his favorite projects, an accessibility controller for one-handed hardcore gamers. Benjamin Heckendorn - better known as Ben Heck - is a self-taught hacker, modder, and maker who tackles fun projects from 3D printing and gaming to drones and robots. Among his more popular innovations are a single-handed PS4 and Xbox controller, a single-handed guitar, original Apple-1 replica, handheld Raspberry Pi console, flying quadcopter/drone and wearable turn signals for bikers.
As a Graphic Design graduate, Ben Heck got started on his path by creating custom single-handed gaming controllers for veterans with disabilities. With more than 32 million YouTube page views and fans from across the globe, Ben is a proponent of computer science education, the DIY movement and equipping his viewers with the tools and knowledge to overcome any obstacle - design-related or otherwise.