X marks the spot Thursday, Oct. 8, when the crowds are expected to fill Detroit’s historic Fox Theatre for TEDxDetroit.
In its seventh year, the day-long celebration of business and innovation will draw together thousands of creators, designers, thinkers and doers - including influencers like NASA’s Dr. Cathy Olkin and the Consumer Electronic Association’s Gary Shapiro - all set to challenge the status quo, create exciting new connections and inspire one another.
The speaker list for this year’s TEDxDetroit event includes:
• Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association
• Jill Ford, Angel Investor and Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the City of Detroit
• Jean Redfield, President & CEO of Next Energy
• Raj Paul, VP of Automotive & Emerging Technologies at LochBridge
• Tara Reed, Founder and CEO of Kellecto
• Rob Miles, Executive Director of Organization for Bat Conservation
• Dr Rita Fields, Assistant Professor of Business at Madonna University and Interim EVP of Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit
• Dr Chris Lambert, Founder and CEO of Life Remodled
• Dr Debby Feinberg, Founder of Neuro Visual Optometry, Author, & Lead Clinician at Vision Specialists of Michigan
• Charles Gibson, Outreach Coordinator at Michigan Science Center
• Karen Buscemi, Founder and President of Detroit Garment Group
• Dug Song, Co-Founder & CEO of Duo Security
• Jeevak Badve, VP of Strategic Growth at Sundberg-Ferar Design
• Gary Abud, Science Teacher at Grosse Pointe North High School
• Mallory Brown, Founder of World Clothes Line
• Aaron Foley, author of “How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass”
TEDxDetroit will also feature live performances by talented artists: America's Got Talent finalist Alicia Michilli, Tunde Olaniran, Ahya Simone, Timothy Orikri, Shelby 5, Chance Morris, Darius Simpson, Scout Bostley and Britney Stoney.
TEDxDetroit, an independently organized TED event, will feature a full day of TED talks, live entertainment, local brands and products, a live feed from TEDx conferences across the globe and hands-on, interactive labs, all helping to share a positive message about the city. Attendees can expect to immerse themselves in an experience unlike any other.
More than 2,000 attendees are expected at the 2015 event – the largest audience to date in Detroit.
In 2009, TEDx launched in major cities across the country. Detroit was among the first to shine a light on its entrepreneurs, innovations and artists in the region. The first TEDxDetroit event drew a crowd of 300. By 2014, a crowd of 1,500 filled the Detroit Opera House. Now, 7 years later, TEDx organizers expect that number to grow once again. Each year, they ask speakers the same intriguing question: “if you had the world’s attention for a few minutes, what would you share?"
Attendees can expect to experience a mix of a business expo, art festival, tech conference and revival – all in one. Admission to the 2015 TEDxDetroit conference is open to the public. Advance tickets for the event are available online now for $85.
For additional more information, please visit www.tedxdetroit.com