Eighth annual celebration of innovation, inspiration welcomes speaker submissions

DETROIT–(BUSINESS WIRE)– TEDxDetroit is pleased to announce its return to Detroit’s Fox Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, and is seeking speakers for its eighth annual celebration of ideas, innovation and inspiration in the Motor City. More than 3,000 designers, entertainers, entrepreneurs, educators, scientists, technologists and artists, including 1,000 students, will gather to share in a day-long conference dedicated to sparking collaboration between the technology, entertainment and design industries.

“TEDxDetroit is a truly unique experience for everyone involved. Part business expo, tech conference, art festival and revival, it’s an authentic representation of the Motor City’s heartbeat,” said Janet Tyler, executive producer of TEDxDetroit and COO of Red Level Networks. “Last year was the first time we hosted the event at the Fox Theatre, and with such a rich history of iconic performers gracing its stage, we couldn’t image a more inspiring venue for TEDx.”

The call for speakers, performers and exhibitors is officially open. Individuals interested in sharing their ideas with other thinkers and doers are encouraged to submit an application on TEDxDetroit.com. A selection committee will review all applications and inform hopefuls of the committee’s decisions. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The 2016 schedule will be announced in early September.

“True creativity comes from the cross pollination of ideas,” said Charlie Wollborg, curator of TEDxDetroit and chief troublemaker at Curve Detroit. “As experts in our individual fields, we read trade journals and go to conferences relevant to our industries, but at TEDx we bring together influencers from a variety of industries to inspire each other and share ideas worth spreading. This year, we’re seeking another group of stirring speakers, performers and exhibitors to unfold innovation in Detroit. We’re looking forward to another passionate display of wit, wisdom and breakthrough ideas.”

Previous conferences have featured notable speakers, including innovators like Dr. Cathy Olkin of NASA’s New Horizons Mission on PlutoPaul Elio of Elio Motors and Jim Murphy of Pixar Animation Studios, entrepreneurs from Asia Newson of Super Business Girl and Pashon Murray of Detroit Dirt to Veronika Scott of The Empowerment Plan and Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans, journalists like Lee Thomas and Aaron Foley, artists such as Alicia Michilli and JR JR, formerly Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., as well as TV personalities such as Dr. Partha Nandi of “Ask Dr. Nandi” and Les Gold of “Hardcore Pawn.”

Tickets for the 2016 TEDxDetroit event are now available with special “early bird” pricing on the TEDxDetroit website. For more information on attending or participating in the conference, visit www.tedxdetroit.com.