TEDxDetroit Unveils Speaker Line-up for 2014 Event

Technology, Entertainment and Design converge at the Detroit Opera House on Sept. 30

DETROIT, Sept. 22, 2014 — (PRNewswire) —  TEDxDetroit is pleased to announce the confirmed list of speakers for the sixth annual ideas and innovation conference. The diverse cast features entrepreneurs, educators, engineers, artists, geeks and doctors – ranging in age from just 12 years old to 65. Each will share their idea worth spreading on stage at the historic Detroit Opera House on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m.6 p.m. More than 1,000 attendees are expected to attend TEDxDetroit to spark their creativity and get inspired.

Here is a list of speakers for this year's event:

  • Stephen Goldner, CureLauncher
  • Devita Davison, Food Lab
  • James Ford Murphy, Pixar Animation Studios
  • Pashon Murray, Detroit Dirt
  • Dr. Ann Marie Sastry, Sakti3
  • Nate Aschenbach and David Arditti, GameStart
  • Samantha White, Shakespeare Detroit
  • Paul Armstrong, ChoreMonster
  • Brian Mulloy, Apigee
  • John Sauve, Artist - Man in the City
  • Leon LaBrecque, LJPR
  • Henry Balanon, Protean
  • Jorey Chernett, Intrinsic Medical Imaging
  • Zwena Gray, Kidpreneur
  • Dr. Joyce Lee, University of Michigan
  • Indrin Chetty, Henry Ford Health System
  • Jason Prater, Plex Systems
  • Claire Nelson, UIX
  • Debbie Mielewski, Ford Motor Company
  • Tunde Way, Lagos
  • Kevin Shinn, Altair
  • Andy Didorosi, Detroit Bus

The lineup also includes a diverse cast of performers. Rap duo Passalacqua, magician Michael Mode, indie folk group The Accidentals, Joori Jung and ARTLAB J Dance Company, the Detroit Drumline Academy and the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences Choir under the direction of Angela Kee.

"Every year, our mission is to secure speakers, performers and artists who have a deep connection to the city of Detroit and who have innovative ideas worth spreading," said Charlie Wollborg, curator of TEDxDetroit and Chief Troublemaker of Curve Idea Accelerator. "And this year is no exception, we've selected a group of people who will continue to speak to the inspiration and spirit of Detroit."

TEDxDetroit will continue to release speaker bios and more information daily through its Tumblr page, www.tedxdetroit.tumblr.com, Facebook page, www.facebook.com/tedxdetroit, and Twitter page, www.twitter.com/tedxdetroit.

People interested in attending the event are encouraged to register here.

TEDxDetroit is not only meant to create dialogue and action, it also serves as a platform for Michigan social entrepreneurs to share their thoughts, actively apply ideas and ultimately bring positive change to Detroit. TEDxDetroit is proudly sponsored by Cadillac, Quicken Loans, Plex Systems, LJPR, Detroit Venture Partners, Atomic Object, Curve Detroit and Airfoil.

To learn more about the conference, please visit www.tedxdetroit.com.

About TEDxDetroit
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxDetroit, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxDetroit event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Follow TEDxDetroit on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDxDetroit or on Facebook at facebook.com/TEDxDetroit.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 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 on a diverse mix of topics. 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, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held 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; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. 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.

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

For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit  http://www.ted.com/ registration.



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