TEDx conference coming to BGSU

BOWLING GREEN, O.—The regional version of the popular TED conference is coming to Bowling Green State University. TEDxBGSU, an independently produced event operated under license from TED, will be held Sept. 16 at Kobacker Hall.

Organized along the theme of “Passion. Inspiration. Action.” the conference will feature 15-18 leading thinkers, innovators, artists, philosophers and entertainers representing such diverse fields as technology, business, design and education, among others.

TED was founded in 1984 and stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. The annual TED conference brings together some of the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED created a program called TEDx where x equals independently organized.

“The event is as much about the attendees as it is the speakers,” says Skyler Rogers, curator for the event. “TEDxBGSU will attract some of the brightest people from our region, those who will take the ideas presented and use them as a catalyst for change in their communities.”

Tickets are $99 for general admission and $29 for students. They are available at www.tedxbgsu.com/tickets.

Speakers are currently being vetted and will be announced as they are confirmed. More information about the event can be found at www.tedxbgsu.com. You can also follow developments at TEDxBGSU on Twitter or Facebook.

For more information, contact Skyer Rogers at 567-674-1096 or skyler@TEDxBGSU.com.

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Editor’s Notes:

TEDx
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. TEDxBGSU is operated under license from TED.

TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, United Kingdom. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED.


(Posted July 28, 2011 )