The 8th annual TEDxDayton Signature Event is now accepting applications from community members. The event will take place on Friday, October 16.
“After the difficult events we faced in Dayton last year, we are more impressed than ever with the sense of community and resiliency we have when we work together. Community leaders in Dayton offer true examples of the strength of the city and its people,” said Bridget Shingelton, who is co-chairing this year’s Signature Event Committee along with Ron Rollins. “TEDxDayton is all about passionate people sharing what they know to try to change the world, one idea at a time.”
TEDxDayton’s mission is to bring the spirit of ideas worth spreading to deep conversation and connections within the community. The event will feature TED’s signature format of brief talks, demonstrations and performances meant to inspire learning and curiosity while encouraging meaningful conversation.
In search of this year’s presenters, the Speakers Committee has issued a “Call for Speakers.” Applicants, who do not have to be professional speakers, can apply at tedxdayton.com/signature-event. TEDxDayton is looking for diverse topics from diverse speakers who can deliver a focused, thought-provoking message in about ten minutes.
For this year’s Signature Event, they will focus on the speaker’s topics in their talks rather than centering around one theme as in the past.
“We made the decision to forgo an underlying theme this year because we wanted to encourage applicants of all backgrounds, expertise, and passions. Our leadership group felt that TEDxDayton 2020 is bold enough to stand alone as our theme and we are hopeful this change inspires more Daytonians to complete a speaker application,” said Brenden Wynn, who is co-chairing this year’s Speakers Committee along with Lance Salyers and Julie Servaites.
“We are seeking a diverse group of individuals, with direct ties to Dayton, who have a new or unique perspective on an idea worth spreading,” continued Wynn. “Our hope is that our speakers inspire the audience, challenge perceptions, and deliver a talk that prompts conversation well after the event is over.”
Aspiring speakers should complete an application by March 23. The Speakers Committee will review applications and invite selected candidates to auditions that will take place on May 4, 7, 12, and 16. Those selected to be TEDxDayton 2020 Signature Event speakers will be notified within a few weeks following auditions.
For inquiries regarding the application process, email Brenden Wynn at [email protected].