TEDxDayton issues ‘call for speakers’ for main event

“We are seeking a diverse group of individuals, with direct ties to Dayton, who have a new or unique perspective on an idea worth spreading,” organizers say.

Think you have any ideas worth spreading?

TEDxDayton is accepting applications for presenters for its eighth annual Signature Event planned for Friday, Oct. 16.

"After the difficult events we faced in Dayton last year, we are more impressed than ever with the sense of community and resiliency we have when we work together. Community leaders in Dayton offer true examples of the strength of the city and its people," Bridget Shingelton said as part of a press release. "TEDxDayton is all about passionate people sharing what they know to try to change the world, one idea at a time."

Shingelton co-chairs this year's Signature Event Committee with Ron Rollins, the Dayton Daily News Ideas and Voice editor.

TEDxDayton’s speakers committee has issued a “call for speakers.”

An application can be found at tedxdayton.com/signature-event.

TEDxDayton organizers say they seek “diverse topics from diverse speakers who can deliver a focused, thought-provoking message in about ten minutes.”

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TED is a nonprofit organization that promotes “ideas worth spreading.”

TEDxDayton is a locally organized, TED licensed group that holds TED-like events in Dayton.

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Its Signature Event includes the TED organization’s signature format of talks, demonstrations and performances that aim to inspire “learning and curiosity while encouraging meaningful conversation.”

This year’s event does not have a particular theme.

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"We made the decision to forgo an underlying theme this year because we wanted to encourage applicants of all backgrounds, expertise, and passions. Our leadership group felt that TEDxDayton 2020 is bold enough to stand alone as our theme and we are hopeful this change inspires more Daytonians to complete a speaker application," said Brenden Wynn, co-chair of the speakers committee with Lance Salyers and Julie Servaites. 

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“We are seeking a diverse group of individuals, with direct ties to Dayton, who have a new or unique perspective on an idea worth spreading,” Wynn said. “Our hope is that our speakers inspire the audience, challenge perceptions, and deliver a talk that prompts conversation well after the event is over.”

The application deadline is  March 23.

Applications will be reviewed and selected candidates will be invited to auditions on May 4, 7, 12, and 16.

Those selected to be TEDxDayton 2020 Signature Event speakers will be notified within a few weeks following auditions.

Those with questions are asked to direct questions to Wynn at brenden.tedxdayton@gmail.com.

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