Organizers of a TEDx event in Lafayette have announced next month's lineup. Presentations will focus on the theme “Spark. Inspire. Change.” and include speakers from education, economic development and information technology. October 1, 2014

News Release

LAFAYETTE, Ind. – TEDxLafayette organizers announced today Lafayette's inaugural community-inspired TEDx event themed “Spark. Inspire. Change.” The one-day event will take place on Saturday, November 22 at The Civic Theatre located at 313 N 5th St, Lafayette, IN 47901 in downtown Lafayette. TED Talks are internationally recognized for their award-winning speakers and conferences. TEDx events are independently organized at the local level.

Nine Lafayette-based speakers will bring their diverse perspectives to challenge our assumptions and expand our understanding in engaging 12-18 minute presentations. In keeping with the theme, speakers will focus on stimulating creative and innovative thoughts related to technology, community, and education in the Greater Lafayette area and applicable worldwide. “Sparking engaging conversation and inspiring positive change is the goal of our first TEDx event in Lafayette,” said Nelu Lazar, community activist founder of Lafayettech and K12TECH, engineering lead, technology evangelist and developer, and Executive Director of TEDxLafayette. “We're excited to highlight amazing local talent and offer the opportunity for us to see and hear about wonderful ideas and powerful actions that take off and grow from within our community to better educate and change the world as we know it,” added Lazar.

TEDxLafayette 2014 speakers include:

Zachary Baiel (Director of Customer Relations at Spensa Technologies; assiduous citizen in the #greaterlala area; serves on the New Chauncey Neighborhood Leadership Team; Chair of the Housing and Maintenance Appeals Board for the City of West Lafayette; Vice President of the West Lafayette Friends of the Library; and sits on the WLPL Foundation board).

David Bowker (Director of the Office of Future Engineers at Purdue University, responsible for directing and implementing recruitment activities for the College of Engineering; teaching Academic & Career planning at Purdue University; recognized by the College of Engineering for his leadership and is active on campus / community committees).

Margy Deverall (Planner/Project Managers in the Economic Development Department for the City of Lafayette).

Ed Finkler (Developer at LegalServer; front-end and server-side work in Python, PHP, and JavaScript; served as web lead and security researcher at The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security – CERIAS; co-host of the Development Hell podcast; part of Engine Yard's Prompt).

Trish Maxwell (Director of the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy – LARA; licensed social worker, teacher, and school administrator).

Joe Ruhl (Teacher, Biology, Genetics, and Science Research courses at Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana; awarded a Golden Apple Teaching Award by the Lafayette, Indiana Chamber of Commerce; honored at the White House as Indiana's recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching).

Ashley Scott (Operations Manager & Community Curator for MatchBOX Coworking Studio, passionate about building communities and serving as a resource for individuals interested in launching a career in tech).

Kris Taylor (Founder of Evergreen Leadership; author of The Leader's Guide to Turbulent Times; teaches entrepreneurship in addition to her writing, teaching, coaching and leadership development work).

Keith Watson (Information security architect for Purdue University, a host on the Eyes on Privacy podcast and co-author on “A Guide to Facebook Security”).

Early-bird tickets are on sale starting today for $30 (limited to 20 seats or through October 10). Remaining tickets will be sold at $45. Tickets may be purchased online at . VIP Group Passes are also available. See the website for details and to reserve your seat. Included in ticket prices are access to both TEDx sessions experience, food, beverages, entertainment acts, and access to the super after-party. Early-bird and VIP ticket holders will have the exclusive chance to meet the TEDx speakers.

For a full list of speakers, latest news, and to reserve your spot at the event, go to

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. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at 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.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at

About Civic Theater, the hosting venue

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is an 83 year old community theatre. Performances are at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre, located in the heart of Downtown Lafayette. In addition to multiple thrilling productions annually, Civic Theatre has an extensive education and outreach program. More information on all of Civic Theatre’s programs can be found at

Source: TEDxLafayette

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