Tickets are on sale for the second annual TEDxOgden, set for July 29, at Peery’s Egyptian Theater. Tickets cost $40 and include nine TEDx talks, three performances, a social hour before the show, as well as entrance to the after-party where attendees can expect an exciting lineup of performers. This will include triphop DJ music provided by IGAMA, pop up street theatre and poetry performances and light projectionists. The event brings together change makers, leaders, artists, and outdoor enthusiasts with an ‘idea worth spreading’ under the theme ‘Illumination’.
"This year’s TEDx event theme is designed to explore the power of illumination or a state of being illuminated,” stated TEDxOgden co-organizer, Kseniya Lindenmayer. “This event is structured to provide intellectual enlightenment and to be a vessel that will fuel ideas worth sharing, by bringing together a diversity of people through creation and innovation.”
Over 50 speakers and performers across Utah were nominated by community members or applied to speak at this year’s event. A curatorial committee narrowed those applications down to the final seven local speakers who will be presenting alongside two national speakers, with a total of nine talks ranging up to 12 minutes in length.
“The organizing committee was thrilled with the outcome from those who were interested in presenting at this year’s event,” stated TEDxOgden co-organizer Marty Smith. “Our community is filled with a wealth of innovators and change makers, it was hard to narrow the pool down to seven people. This year’s local presentations will shine light on how we as a community have the capacity to build a better world through purposeful conversations.”
The organizing committee is still in the process of selecting two national speakers. The local lineup includes:
- Jeremy Keele, who received his undergrad at Brigham Young University and received a J.D. degree from the New York University School of Law while doubling up with an M.P.A from Harvard University. Jeremy is the former CEO of Sorenson Impact Center and will be "Illuminating" the audience through his talk on “Social Impact + Urban Vitality.”
- Hannah Cross, who is a mental health therapist for juvenile offenders in a long-term secure facility. She is also a yoga instructor and student of A Course in Miracles. Her talk, "Self-acceptance as the Foundation for Treatment of Juvenile Offenders” will explore aspects of the current juvenile justice system and beliefs held by society at-large that perpetuate lifelong incarceration for many youth that enter the system. Treatment of juvenile offenders with a focus on self-acceptance and mindfulness assist in moving towards the goal of reconnection with self and community.
- Jess Greenberg, who is a theatrical lighting and sound designer and professor at Weber State University. Jessica's talk "Science and Magic: Using Color in Stage Lighting" will explore how can the color of light shape the way an audience experiences a performance? See demonstrations in color mixing, technology, the psychology of color, and some surprising optical illusions.
- Ben Taylor, who is a Weber State University alumni. He has a simple yet powerful idea worth spreading in his talk, "Let People Surprise You." Learn how a mysterious Facebook message sparked an unlikely friendship and launched a non-profit organization.
- Tabatha Mae Butler and Rebecca Virgo, who will be co-presenting on their talk “Serendipity in Collaboration” This how-to course will identify what is needed to nurture collaborative spaces where the happy accidents we know as "serendipity" turn out to be a very intentional consequence of your joint efforts. If collaboration fatigue has you dreading your next meeting, this unique approach will have you feeling illuminated with the possibilities.
- Alex Doman, who is a local author, entrepreneur, and product creator, who was recently named one of the top 50 human behavior experts to watch will address, "How Music Transforms our Brains and Our Lives." In this insightful and experiential talk, Alex will share the how-to’s of using acoustically modified music and neurotechnology to transform our brains and thus ourselves through the simple practice of listening.
- Keisha Howard, who is the founder of Sugar Gamers, a female online gaming community. Keisha is a huge fan of female super heroes and is constantly encouraging female empowerment and camaraderie. While on the TEDxOgden stage she will explore "Girl Power" and discuss today’s gaming culture, and how she has introduced women into this non-traditional space.
TEDx is a global program of independently organized events licensed by TED. Tickets can be purchased at Smithtix or in person at the Peery’s Egyptian Theater Box Office.
Visit www.tedxogden.com or the TEDxOgden Facebook page for the most up-to-date details on the 2018 event. Videos of talks from the 2017 TEDxOgdenevent can be viewed on the website and Facebook page as well.