Do you have an idea worth spreading?
Before you say “yes”, know that TEDxDetroit is not your usual conference.
TEDxDetroit is part business conference, part tech expo, part art festival, part revival. It brings creators, catalysts, entrepreneurs, artists, technologists, designers, scientists, educators and geeks from across the Great Lakes State to share big ideas, get inspired and foster new connections.
We’re looking for WOW! This is not the time to roll out your same old talk. There’s no time or patience for selling from the stage or delivering a book report. We’re only accepting fresh ideas.
In the past, we’ve had a director from Pixar, a planetary scientist from NASA, the founder of Baby Einstein, Forbes woman of the year, the inventor of a blade-less wind turbine, two college students who teach app development to teens in juvenile detention, two billionaire CEOs and a 7-year old who started a lemonade stand that raised thousands for charity. This year’s mix will be similar.
Before you submit your talk for review, please read and take to heart the TED commandments. We also recommend watching a few TED talks to get a feel for the format. Derek Sivers, Shai Agassi, Elizabeth Gilbert, Rory Sutherland are all excellent examples.
Do you have what it takes?
We’re also looking for remarkable artists to share a performance from the stage at the historic Masonic. Are you a musician, band, dancer or performer with talent to spare?
TEDxLabs is the business expo, art gallery, science fair and tech demo day that happens alongside TEDxDetroit. It’s an opportunity for attendees to get hands-on, interact and co-create. Exhibitors range from tech startups to screen printers to makerspaces to OEMs.
We’re big believers in the power of STEM and STEAM powered education. We offer hundreds of scholarships for high school teachers to bring small groups of their creative and curious students to TEDxDetroit for free.