TEDxIndianapolis 2014 organizers have announced 18 speakers for the October event. Presenters will detail ideas ranging from a wayfinding mobile app for people with visual impairments to projecting art on buildings and mountains.

August 2, 2014

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Indianapolis, Ind. — A 2,650 mile hike along the Pacific Coast trail. Emphasizing the role of wisdom. Mobile art projections on buildings and mountains. Producing viable business plans in five days. Creating feedback loops for disjointed organizations. A wayfinding smartphone app for the blind.

These are just some of the Big Ideas that the 18 speakers, announced yesterday, will share at TEDxIndianapolis 2014 on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis. In keeping with the theme of this year's event, “Get Outside IN,” all of the speakers will focus on challenging assumptions and sharing creative, innovative approaches for the future of technology and entrepreneurship, education, and art and design in our city.

“Turning viewpoints inside out, that’s the goal of this year’s theme, Get Outside IN,” said Jim Walker, executive director of Big Car and the TEDxIndianapolis organizer. “We want your preconceptions to be turned upside down. We’re hoping to broaden your horizons and to connect you to experiences you have yet to imagine.”

The TEDxIndianapolis 2014 speakers include:

Art & Design

• Susan Robb (Seattle)

Multimedia artist & long distance hiker

• Dawn Weleski (Philadelphia)

Co-director of Conflict Kitchen, public artist & instigator

• Ed Woodham (Brooklyn)

Founder & curator, Art in Odd Places

• Ali Momeni (Pittsburgh)

Kinetic artist & engineer, professor at Carnegie Mellon University

• Jenenne Whitfield (Detroit)

Executive director, The Heidelberg Project

• Holly Combs (Indianapolis)

Co-dreamer, Department of Public Words, & illiterate rabble rouser


• Allan Boesak (Indianapolis)

Author & theologian, first holder of the Desmond Tutu chair

• Kiko Suarez (Indianapolis)

Vice president of communications & innovation, Lumina Foundation

• Matthew Pellish (Washington D.C.)

Director of member education, Education Advisory Board

• DeAmon Harges (Indianapolis)

Roving listener

Technology & Entrepreneurship

• Ray Burke (Bloomington, IN)

Director of Customer Interface Laboratory, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

• Megan Lawrence (Portland, OR)

Founder & CEO, AccessGeo accessibility consulting firm

• Bud Caddell (Los Angeles)

Partner & digital strategist, Undercurrent

• Neelay Bhatt (Indianapolis)

Consultant, connector & world traveler

• Ukamaka Oruche (Indianapolis)

Assistant professor of psychiatric-mental health nursing, IUPUI

• Ericka Gibson & DeShong Perry-Smitherman (Indianapolis)

Co-founders, A Girls Gift, Inc.

• Mansfield Frazier (Cleveland, OH)

Vintner & weekly radio journalist on The Daily Beast

More information about each speaker can be found at www.tedxindianapolis.com.

Tickets for TEDxIndianapolis 2014 at Hilbert Circle Theatre are now on sale. Until Sept. 30, tickets are $69 ($79 with lunch) and can be purchased through www.tedxindianapolis.com/events. Beginning Oct. 1, tickets prices will increase to $79 and $89 respectively.

TEDxIndianapolis 2014 presenting sponsors are Big Car, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Heritage Group, International School of Indiana, Well Done Marketing, and Indiana Humanities. Other sponsors include the Efroymson Family Fund; a CICF Fund; The Lacy Foundation; Hedges & Associates; Sparks; Gracie Communications; SmallBox and Kyle Communications.


Speaker line-up subject to change.

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 TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 27 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives. At a TED conference, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

Source: TEDxIndianapolis 2014

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