To prepare for another sold out event, organizers announced today that they are accepting speaker and performer applications to give local and regional residents the opportunity to present on the TEDxGrandForks stage. All applicants will be invited to present a 2-minute preview at Open Mic Night. Talks and performances should relate to the 2015 TEDxGrandForks theme “Launch.” One presenter will be chosen by audience vote and will take the stage at TEDxGrandForks on February 21, 2015.
“We want to give residents in our community the opportunity to bring their ideas and passion to the TEDxGrandForks stage,” said event organizer Becca Grandstrand. “If you know individuals who have great ideas, please encourage them to apply. Help us tap into the many voices, ideas, and talents that make up this community, but might not be well known.”
Last year, Open Mic Night attracted over 100 attendees and nearly a dozen presenters. Two speakers, Barry Striegel and Tamarah Gehlen, were chosen by audience vote and moved on to share their ideas and passions at TEDxGrandForks.
Open Mic Night will be held in the Backstage at the Empire Arts Center (415 Demers Avenue, Downtown Grand Forks) on November 20 at 7:00 PM. Applications are available at www.tedxgrandforks.com and will be accepted through November 18. There is no cost to present. In addition, Open Mic Night is entirely free and open to the public.
TEDxGrandForks on February 21, 2015 will bring together thought leaders from diverse fields giving the talk of a lifetime on subjects they feel passionate about. The event aims to foster learning, inspiration, and wonder designed to provoke conversations that matter and ideas that will take our community, our region, our state, our nation, and our world to the next level.
All nine talks from TEDxGrandForks 2014 are available at www.tedxgrandforks.com. Photos from the event, courtesy of Daniel Folkers Photography, can be found at www.flickr.com/groups/tedxgrandforks.
Information regarding presenters for TEDxGrandForks 2015 will be posted on the website as well as the TEDxGrandForks Facebook and Twitter feeds in the coming weeks. Tickets will go on sale in 2015.
All media/press requests should be sent to: Becca Grandstrand, organizer and official spokesperson of TEDxGrandForks. She can be contacted at email@example.com or 218-230-0525.
Please note that TEDx event organizers are not able to speak for the TED Conference.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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