TEDxDayton spreads ideas and perspectives to spark conversation and connections in the community. The event uses TED’s celebrated format of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances that foster learning, inspiration, and wonder while also prompting conversations that matter.
Anyone with a big idea they want to share with the region is invited to apply for consideration. In addition to the application process, visitors may also nominate a person whom they believe should audition.
“We’re searching for informed, thoughtful, passionate speakers who will honor the tradition of TED with topics focused on technology, entertainment and design. But, in our fourth year our audience has high expectations. They are open and perceptive, and expect to be taken on a learning journey with our speakers,” said TEDxDayton chair Diane Farrell.
In addition to original, timely, and locally relevant topics, the speakers committee is looking for speakers who can address socially pressing issues, such as:
Technology’s impact on engagement in politics
Perceptions of epidemics and how they impact public health and well-being
Why do food deserts exist and how is the issue being addressed
The transformation of philanthropy and what that means about culture
Potential speakers should complete the speaker application on www.tedxdayton.com by May 3. The speakers committee will review all applications and invite selected candidates to auditions from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on June 7, and from 9 a.m. to noon on June 11. Participants will be notified within a few weeks of auditions if they have been selected to be a TEDxDayton 2016 speaker.