The theme of TEDxPurdueU 2012 was "...innovation." The speakers selected were Purdue students, alumni, and faculty whose stories shed unique light on various aspects of the creative process from idea conception to reality.
Matthew Barnes is a professional freerunning/parkour athlete and owner/instructor of Momenta Freerunning & Parkour Classes. He also works for the World Freerunning Parkour Federation as a graphic designer and branding consultant. As an affiliate athlete for the WFPF, He performed in an NBA halftime show and for Red Bull Art of Motion.
At Purdue, Matthew is currently pursuing a Master's of Structural Engineering, but spends his spare time cooking with his wife (mostly tasting), painting, and practicing foreign languages.