Mark your calendars! TEDxDetroit returns this September to celebrate ideas worth spreading in 2020.

This year, organizers expect the event to be bigger than ever before – in part thanks to a brand new location and new presenting sponsor, United Shore.

Mat Ishbia

United Shore president and CEO Mat Ishbia

“Innovation and great people are the foundation for both TEDxDetroit and United Shore,” said Mat Ishbia, president and CEO of United Shore. “We are proud to be a big part of this conference and bring people together who believe that great ideas can propel business forward.”

TEDxDetroit is in its 12th year and has been held in iconic Detroit locations from the Detroit Institute of Arts to the Fox Theatre and most recently, the Masonic.

“The 2020 TEDxDetroit event will be our biggest, brightest and best yet,” said Terry Bean, executive producer. “We wanted a venue partner where the true inspiration that is TEDxDetroit would be felt immediately upon entering.”

For the first time TEDxDetroit will move to Ford Field – the largest venue organizers have called home thus far.

Terry Bean on stage at TEDDetroit

Motor City Connect founder Terry Bean

“This is actually our 10th venue,” Bean noted. “Our goal is to shine a light on all the great gems in and around the city. TEDxDetroit attendees will see parts of Ford Field that Lions fans or concert goers wouldn’t ever have a chance to see.”

TEDxDetroit brings together the area’s leading thinkers, designers, entertainers, entrepreneurs, scientists, artists and students for an inspiring day in the city. Curator Charlie Wollborg has described it as “part business conference, part science fair, part art festival and part revival.”

The annual event is set to return 8am to 6pm on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Ford Field will allow for an unprecedented amount of space in which to highlight TEDxDetroit Talks, interactive Labs and live entertainment throughout the day.

“We are getting an early start on this year’s program so we can deliver the best event yet,” Bean said. “It’s a really high bar and our amazing team is totally up to the challenge.”

Tickets are on sale now through the TEDxDetroit website. The day-long conference sells out every year. TEDxDetroit encourages attendees to forge new connections and spark ideas for the community through its live TEDx Talks, videos, hands-on exhibits in TEDxLabs, art, music and more. TEDxDetroit is the only Detroit-based event created to foster such collaborations throughout the region.

The first TED idea conference was held in California in 1984. TED was an acronym for technology, entertainment, and design – three fields that spur innovation across the economy. TEDx carries the spirit of TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading to local communities around the globe.

The TEDx program began in 2009 and TEDxDetroit was among the first and is still among the largest of these independently organized events. Each TEDx event follows guidelines established by TED and operates at the local level under a license granted by TED.

“This is the dawn of a new decade in Detroit and our future has never looked brighter,” Bean said.