“This event keeps evolving, and we now have a community interested in engaging with ideas and learning something new in the spirit of TED,” said TEDxDayton co-chair Sean Creighton. “Our region is full of new, challenging ideas and we can bring those to stage to an audience that wants that experience.”
TEDxDayton also announced speaker applications are open on the TEDxDayton website, www.tedxdayton.com. Organizers are looking for speakers who can shift perspectives and challenge the audience. “This is the year we plan to push our audience to new, even unknown places; surprise them; and leave them feeling they have really learned something,” said TEDxDayton co-chair Stephanie Gottschlich.
Organizers will consider speakers who can present ideas in technology, entertainment, design and social topics, among others. Ideas could include the evolution of social responsibility, the meaning of authenticity to different generations, the future of unmanned systems technology and impact, rehabbing the river for recreation, and the importance of water in our lives, for example. Formats include ideas worth spreading, jaw-dropping technology, an amazing personal story, new research, fresh takes on a unique trend, or any idea that fascinates or educates.
Selected candidates will then be asked to audition in a series of TEDxDayton Call for Speakers. “The Call for Speakers is how our TEDxDayton organizers reach into the community to find the best and brightest – and often undiscovered – thinkers, doers and creatives to the TEDx stage,” said speakers committee co-chair Ron Rollins. “We can’t wait to see who turns out.”
To submit an application, visit www.TEDxDayton.com. Participants are asked to submit their application by May 4, with a chance to be invited to audition in the Call for Speakers from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 18 and May 19. TEDxDayton Call for Speakers will take place at The Black Box Improv Theater, 518 E. Third St., in downtown Dayton. There is no cost to participate. Auditions will allow speakers to give a talk up to 5 minutes long before a panel of five judges, with questions following. The Call for Speakers is only open to participants, judges and TEDxDayton organizers. Participants will be contacted within a few weeks about whether they have been selected to be a TEDxDayton speaker.