TEDx + Brooklyn + Instagram = iPhone paradise.

This weekend, 85 intrepid Instagrammers took to the streets of the Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn for a guided tour of the history, industry, and architecture of the area — organized by the team of TEDxGowanus.

We’re digging the snapshots that came out of this adventure (and a few others from Brooklyn TEDx’ers) — photos that show off the gritty beauty of one of Brooklyn’s great industrial hubs. 

You can find more photos from the Instameet through the tag #gowanusinspiried.

(Photos: @caabo, @holidayhaus, @plasticdust)

The faces of homelessness. Photos by TEDxRosario speaker Pachi Tamer, who uses Instagram to share his portraits of people who live on the streets of the world’s metropolises. 

In his talk, Pachi (@cachafaz) reveals how the project was born:

I was using Instagram like any other — taking pictures of a sky, a bird — until one day I met this man [living on the street]. I asked him for a portrait, gave him a dollar for the photo, and he told me his story.

Since that day, I focused on taking portraits of people in the street, uploading the pictures along with their names and sometimes their stories. In them, I found the family I was missing.

Watch Pachi’s whole talk here. (WARNING: NSFW. He goes full monty at 16:00 — a first for TEDx, for sure, but it’s all in the name of social justice, guys.)

Bike-powered LED installation wows at TEDxKCEver feel like you’ve got enough energy to light up a room? Well, spinning your wheels on this bike — an art installation by Jessica Laino at TEDxKC in Kansas City, MO — creates a magnetic charge that powers the LED diamond pattern on the floor. In the artist’s own words:

I created this piece with “impossible” in mind. Human energy is a substantial, impressive and inspiring force. It’s a simple, small and beautiful example of our power and potential as humans. I hope a viewer may take a notion of freedom and inspiration from this piece: the freedom to think and survive, and the inspiration to dream and create.

(photo courtesy of Garrett McGraw on Instagram, @gurtmcgraw)

Bike-powered LED installation wows at TEDxKC

Ever feel like you’ve got enough energy to light up a room?
Well, spinning your wheels on this bike — an art installation by Jessica Laino at TEDxKC in Kansas City, MO — creates a magnetic charge that powers the LED diamond pattern on the floor.

In the artist’s own words:

I created this piece with “impossible” in mind. Human energy is a substantial, impressive and inspiring force. It’s a simple, small and beautiful example of our power and potential as humans. I hope a viewer may take a notion of freedom and inspiration from this piece: the freedom to think and survive, and the inspiration to dream and create.

(photo courtesy of Garrett McGraw on Instagram, @gurtmcgraw)