TEDxYDL: Speakers Wanted!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Please stay tuned for our speakers to be announced! Event registration opens March 1.


For immediate release:
January 31, 2017

Gillian Ream Gainsley
Communications Coordinator
Ypsilanti District Library

More information:

TEDxYDL Seeks Speakers for April Event

TED talks have spread “Ideas Worth Spreading” across the globe, and have inspired thousands of locally-organized “TEDx” events where local communities gather to share big ideas. Ypsilantians are invited to share their ideas this year at the second annual TEDxYDL, which will be co-hosted by the Ypsilanti District Library and EMU’s Halle Library. The event will feature the best ideas and stories from locals of the Ypsilanti area, shared in 5-10 minute talks.

This year’s event theme is interdependence, and the organizers are looking for talks from a variety of disciplines that touch on how people and ideas can depend on each other. “We encourage people to interpret the theme broadly,” says Gillian Ream Gainsley of the Ypsilanti District Library. “We would love to see speakers who could talk about who or what they depended on to get to where they are in life, or perhaps share the story of disparate organizations or disciplines that become stronger when they work together. There are also scientific interpretations—in an ecosystem, each species relies on others to survive.”

The libraries hope to build on the success of their 2016 event, which brought together 8 speakers to discuss topics that ranged from community policing to user experience design to international aid under the broad theme “Connect, Create, Change.”

TEDxYDL is scheduled for April 13 at 7pm at Halle Library on Eastern Michigan University campus. The event will be free and open to the public, but the first-come, first-served registration will not open until March 1. More information is available at www.TEDxYDL.com.  

Those interested in speaking at the event are encouraged to apply before the February 15 deadline. Background information and speaker applications are available on the TEDxYDL.com website. 


About 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, 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.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to  thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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