TEDxDetroit Reveals 2016 Lineup of Speakers

Detroit’s up-and-coming, entrepreneurs to speak Oct. 6 at Fox Theatre


DETROIT (Sept. 13, 2016) If you had the world’s attention for a few minutes, what would you share? That is the question each TEDxDetroit speaker will answer during the highly anticipated celebration of technology, entertainment and design, on Thursday, Oct. 6 at Detroit’s historic Fox Theatre. With hundreds of applications submitted, event organizers have narrowed down the list and selected local influencers, thought leaders and innovators to kick off this year’s conference, including: Mobsteel‘s Adam Genei; HistoSonics Inc. President and CEO of Christine Gibbons and more.

“The secret to creativity is the cross pollination of ideas,” said TEDxDetroit curator Charlie Wollborg. “When we bring this gaggle of optimistic entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, geeks, educators and designers together, new ideas spring to mind and we stretch the boundaries of what’s possible.”

Also joining the 2016 lineup of speakers are:


Kicking off at 8 a.m., conference goers will also draw inspiration from a selection of performers and artists, including: a showing of Anthem of Us, a short film produced by filmmaker Stephen McGhee; as well as performances by bluegrass band Shine on Kentucky Moon, improvisational atmospheric space orchestra Botanical Fortress, soprano and Kresge Art Fellow Kisma Jordan, performance artist Mike Ellison, Detroit Bellydance performer Lana Mini, master puppeteer Patrick Elkins and poets James Kaymore, Zaria Ware and Wes Matthews. Legendary Detroit Street Artist Fel3000ft will also serve as the event’s artist in residence, creating a one of a kind canvas piece in the Fox Theatre Lobby throughout the day.

To spark ideas in Detroit’s youth and who could be the next Neil deGrasse Tyson or Jane Goodall, the regular ticket prices subsidize student tickets at TEDxDetroit. This year, over 600 students from metro Detroit’s five counties and from Canada will be attending, free of cost.

For more information or to schedule an interview with one of the speakers, performers or event organizers, please contact Marie Stawasz at stawasz@franco.com or Jennifer Spears at spears@franco.com.

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