Like a beacon that calls creative minds, TEDxDetroit returns for the seventh year on October 8 when designers and creators will gather to share their left- and right-brain ideas at a daylong celebration at the Fox Theatre.
“TED stands for technology, entertainment and design – three fields that inspire and drive innovation across all sectors of the economy,” said Charlie Wollborg, TEDxDetroit curator. “TEDx brings seasoned pros and startup business leaders together to challenge the status quo and inspire each other. We’re looking forward to another rousing lineup for our talks this year.”
Detroit was one of the first cities to be part of TEDx back in 2009. The business expo, art festival, tech conference and revival hybrid allows the creative and tech savvy to form connections and gain strength early on in their business careers.
All the speakers at TEDx have one thing in common. Every one of them is asked one question, “if you had eight minutes to share an idea with the world, what would you share?”
Here’s a quick look at three past TedXDetroit presentations.
Last year Devita Davidson shared her plan for Detroit Kitchen Connect. It is part food incubator, part network weaver, part business accelerator and part test kitchen. With DKC, she’s helping Detroit’s food entrepreneurs with economic development while creating a thriving community and tasty cuisine. In one year, 13 brand new businesses have opened their doors with the help of Detroit Kitchen Connect.
Davidson was also honored by Oprah Winfrey on her show “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend” when it came to Detroit. She gave Davidson a “Standing O-Vation” for making the world a better place and motivating others to spark their own journey of personal change.
By the way, she came back to Detroit after Hurricane Sandy hit her house on Long Island.
In 2012 Veronika Scott, founder of the Empowerment Plan, spoke about her idea to employ the homeless by hiring them to produce her invention the Element S, a coat that is self-heated, waterproof, and transforms into a sleeping bag at night.
Here’s a look at the 2010 presentation by Mary Lorene Carter and Jerry Paffendorf who created LOVELAND, which is putting America online parcel by parcel. Today the company is working with governments, developers and neighborhood groups nationwide to make property ownership more transparent. In Detroit its community missions includes arming people with information to battle a plague of tax foreclosures and running an ongoing survey of property conditions to help fight blight.
Then there’s Greg Gage of Backyard Brains. Two years ago at TEDxDetroit he turned a live cockroach into a robot he could control with his iPhone and last year at TEDx he used the same technology on two volunteers from the audience. He calls it “DIY Neuroscience.” Backyard Brains says it provides affordable neuroscience experiment kits for students of all ages to learn (hands-on) about electrophysiology. The kids learn how the brain communicates with our senses, memories, hopes, and desires.
You just never know what you’re going to see at TEDxDetroit.
About 2,000 people are expected to attend, which will make it the largest in the show’s history in Detroit.
Admission to the 2015 TEDxDetroit conference is open to the public. Advance tickets for the event are available online for $85.