TED talk event to go virtual with drive-in setting in Hamilton

Deondra Parks during TEDx Dayton at the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton, Friday, November 15, 2013. The talk marked the first time Parks spoke publicly about her shooting in 2010 by a 22-year-old racist in Wichita Falls, Texas.

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Deondra Parks during TEDx Dayton at the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton, Friday, November 15, 2013. The talk marked the first time Parks spoke publicly about her shooting in 2010 by a 22-year-old racist in Wichita Falls, Texas.

The latest TEDxCincinnati TED talk event will be broadcast virtually at Butler County’s drive-in theater, among other locations virtually.

“TED was growing, and we wanted to highlight our community to the world through the TED platform,” said TEDxCincinnati founder Jami Lah, who started the organization in 2011. “We also wanted to bring in cool people from the outside. We love people who can share innovative ideas and tell fantastic stories. We ask audiences to be open, to think about things in a different way.”

“A one-hour speaker is not my cup of tea,” she said. “I love a message that can be fleshed out and delivered in six to nine minutes. But it takes a lot of work, which is why our speakers work with coaches for a few months to hone it.”

TEDxCincinnati has held a few virtual events during coronavirus precautions, and then someone suggested a drive-in-style version of the mainstage talk they had planned originally for May. There are only two drive-in locations in the Cincinnati area, Eastgate and Hamilton.

“The people at Holiday Auto (in Hamilton) were familiar with TED talks and loved the idea,” Lah said.

The speakers on Thursday are:

Dora Anim: Chief Operating Officer for the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, a grant organization that has supported such charities as the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, and Summertime Kids.

Somi Javaid: Founder of HERmd, an organization devoted to female sexual health, focused especially on providing women with as many treatment options as men.

The Sole Bros: This nonprofit has collected and distributed over 6,000 pairs of quality sneakers to needy people in Cincinnati, Texas, Jamaica, and Ghana.

Renee Seward: Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Community Design at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Her research focuses on developing digital and physical tools to address literacy problems in America.

Sanjay Shewakramani: President and CEO of Revive Strength & Wellness, which designs personalized workout routines based on each individual’s biochemistry and health.

Kent Wellington: Founder and Board Chair of the Karen Wellington Foundation for LIVING with Breast Cancer. The emphasis on “living” meaning they provide women fighting breast cancer with special vacations, spa days, dinners out, concerts, etc.

Lar stressed that the event will be unpredictable and engaging.

“The bios aren’t necessarily an indication of what they’re going to talk about,” she said. “Ideally, if I ask people what their favorite part is, I’ll get a different answer each time. You’re not coming for one person. It’s a brain spa that’s also emotionally positive, to get people talking about something other than what they’re seeing on the news. It’s about connection, especially in today’s environment where people can’t experience a lot and are isolated and lonely.”


How to Go

What: 2020 TEDxCincinnati Drive-In Mainstage

Where: Holiday Auto Theatre, 1816 Old Oxford Rd., Hamilton

When: Thursday, 8:15-10:15 p.m. (gates open at 7 p.m.)

Cost: $75

More Info: www.tedxcincinnati.com

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