The full lineup of national and local presenters for this year's TEDxIndianapolis event has been announced. The speakers will cover topics including art and design, innovation and health care. You can view more information about the local speakers by clicking here and more about the national participants by clicking here.

August 15, 2013

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Last night, organizers announced the full speaker line-up for TEDxIndianapolis 2013 at a Mix for Tix event in Fountain Square.

In total, 22 speakers' names were revealed, including 10 national speakers and the Los Angeles-based emcee. The speakers will bring both local and international perspectives on innovation across disciplines to TEDxIndianapolis 2013, to be held October 22, 2013, at Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis.

“We purposefully selected speakers who reflected the Mix It Up theme of the event,” said Jim Walker, executive director of Big Car and the TEDxIndianapolis organizer. “These speakers offer distinct views on literacy, healthcare, art and design, discrimination, education, refugees, invention, poverty, business and technology. These talks will offer big ideas we can apply in all disciplines and industries.”

The TEDxIndianapolis 2013 speakers include:


-Davy Rothbart (California) – The Surprising Ways Our Questions Connect Us


-Jeb Banner (Indianapolis) – Everything I Needed to Know About Business I Learned from Being in a Band

-Gary Benenson (New York) – What We Learn from Bad Design

-Rosan Bosch (Denmark) – Design as a Tool for Development

-Rodney Byrnes (Indianapolis) – Holistic Revitalization

-Catherine Chalmers (New York) – Collaborating with Insects

-LaShawnda Crowe Storm (Indianapolis) – Building Community One Stitch at a Time

-Patti Digh (North Carolina) – Title Pending

-Michael Flaherty (Indianapolis) – Spinnovation: Investigating Our Domestic Revolutions

-John C. Havens (New York) – Shift the Impact of Modern Technology

-Matt Hunkler (Indianapolis) – The Truth About Transformation

-Steven M. Johnson (California) – Mental Mixers for Imagining Future Products and Scenarios

-Tasha Jones (Indianapolis & Atlanta) – Poetically Remixing Classic Literature

-Jeffrey Kline (Carmel) – Your Face Tells if You are Sick!

-Christian Long (Ohio) – Wonder by Design

-Doug McColgin (Carmel) – Your Neighbor Has Your Breakthrough

-Jim Poyser (Indianapolis) – D'earth! Our Climate Crisis in Poyspective

-Chad Priest (Indianapolis) – The Impact of Thinking Across Disciplines

-Florian Rivi?re (nowhere) – Open Your World

-Andr?s Tapia (Illinois) – Why Diversity is Upside Down

-Ris? Wilson (New York) – Title Pending

-Kristin Wright (Indianapolis) – The Power of Welcome

More information about each speaker can be found at

Tickets for TEDxIndianapolis 2013 at Hilbert Circle Theatre are now on sale. Tickets are $75 with lunch and $65 without and can be purchased at

TEDxIndianapolis 2013 producing partners are Big Car, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, International School of Indiana, and Indiana Humanities. The event is sponsored by Wayne Zink, title sponsor; Lumina Foundation and The Heritage Group, mixer sponsors; and visionary sponsors, CICF, Indy Chamber, NUVO Newsweekly, Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund, WFYI, and Well Done Marketing. Additional support is provided by the Indiana Historical Society, Gracie Communications, Green BEAN Delivery, Apparatus, The Strategy Forums, Rainmakers Sparks, Sycamore School, Bohlsen Group, Netlogx, Centric, KA+A, Midwest Language Services, Spirit and Place, New Balance Shoe, and The Learning Architect Group.

Speaker line-up and presentation titles subject to change.

About TEDx

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 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 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at

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