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TEDxDayton Announces 2016 Date and Call for Speakers

Sell-out event to return to Victoria Theatre on Oct. 14 with the theme “SEARCH”

Speaker applications now open to find 2016 lineup with auditions to take place in June

March 29, 2016 (Dayton, Ohio) — The fourth TEDxDayton event will take place on Oct. 14 at the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton with the theme “SEARCH,” and thus begins the “search” for thought-provoking speakers.

TEDxDayton spreads ideas and perspectives to spark conversation and connections in the community. The event uses TED’s celebrated format of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances that foster learning, inspiration, and wonder while also prompting conversations that matter.

To find this year’s presenters, organizers have issued a “Call for Speakers” on the TEDxDayton website, Anyone with a big idea they want to share with the region is invited to apply for consideration. In addition to the application process, visitors may also nominate a person whom they believe should audition.

“We’re searching for informed, thoughtful, passionate speakers who will honor the tradition of TED with topics focused on technology, entertainment and design. But, in our fourth year our audience has high expectations. They are open and perceptive, and expect to be taken on a learning journey with our speakers,” said TEDxDayton chair Diane Farrell.

In addition to original, timely, and locally relevant topics, the speakers committee is looking for speakers who can address socially pressing issues, such as:

  • Technology’s impact on engagement in politics

  • Perceptions of epidemics and how they impact public health and well-being

  • Why do food deserts exist and how is the issue being addressed

  • The transformation of philanthropy and what that means about culture

Potential speakers should complete the speaker application on by May 3. The speakers committee will review all applications and invite selected candidates to auditions from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on June 7, and from 9 a.m. to noon on June 11. Participants will be notified within a few weeks of auditions if they have been selected to be a TEDxDayton 2016 speaker.


Val – TEDxDayton marketing committee member

Craig Schrolucke, TEDxDayton marketing committee chair

Rachel Graves, TEDxDayton speakers committee chair

TEDx is a global program of independently organized events licensed by TED. Visit or the TEDxDayton Twitter and Facebook accounts for the most up-to-date details on the 2016 event. Videos of talks from the 2013–15 TEDxDayton events can be viewed on the website, as well.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on     TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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