Do you enjoy learning about big ideas? Are you interested in hearing about the human brain from a neurobiologist's perspective? How about an award-winning journalist's thoughts on media and psychology?
These, and other innovative ideas, will be at the forefront of the fifth annual TEDxTampaBay conference.
The theme for 2014 is "This is big,'' and TEDxTampaBay
plans to deliver.
"We want to explore an expansive topic, and chose an eclectic mix of presenters that will explore a truly 'big' idea-- our brain, our minds and our selves,'' explains founder Gina Clifford. "The energy that builds during TEDx events is incredible, and we hope to inspire that level of engagement again this year.''
The half-day event in May will showcase speeches and presentations from several Tampa Bay area innovators and thought leaders. TEDxTampaBay 2014 presenters
· USF Health
neurobiologist Dr. Edwin Weeber: "What we know about the human brain.''
· President Emeritus of The Poynter Institute
Karen B. Dunlap: "Is media shaping our psychological development?''
· Root Learning
CEO Jim Haudan: "Why does authenticity matter?''
· Latin-inspired Jazz Musicians La Lucha
: "Eclectic musicians challenge our thinking about music.''
TEDxTampaBay is based on the popular international TED conference model
-- community talks where presenters discuss "ideas worth spreading'' for inspired audiences. Subsequently formed independent TEDx events
have evolved in cities worldwide.
TED and TEDx are often marginalized as tech-centric events, but Clifford says the experience is much more diverse. She notes that TED, a nonprofit organization that first appeared on the scene in 1984, stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) talks.
"Over the years, we've hosted poets, scientists, social activists, journalists, artists, musicians and entrepreneurs,'' Clifford explains. "Furthermore, TEDx presenters strive to connect with our humanity -- so, you could say that TEDx presenters are part performer and part presenter.''
Clifford founded TEDxTampaBay in 2009 "to inspire, energize and build a critical mass of people who enjoy sharing truly big ideas.''
TEDxTampaBay is completely run by a volunteer crew and made possible through ticket sales and sponsors like IBM, ThinkTank, Industrial Strength, Studio@620, ClearpH and Creative Loafing.
"Because TEDxTampaBay is not a money-making endeavor, we couldn't produce an event of this magnitude without generous sponsorship support,'' Clifford says.
500 attendees are expected at TEDxTampaBay 2014, which takes place on Thursday, May 15, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Tampa Convention Center. General admission tickets to TEDxTampaBay 2014
are now available for $30.00, including lunch; or $75 for lunch, premium seating and a TEDxTampaBay T-shirt.
Writer: Justine Benstead
Source, Gina Clifford, TEDxTampaBay founder