About TEDxYoungstown

The third annual TEDxYoungstown will take place on January 22, 2015, at Bliss Hall's Ford Theater on the campus of Youngstown State University. The theme for the independently organized event, licensed by TED, is “Movement”.

The TEDxYoungstown planning committee is made up with representatives from the Mahoning Valley Young Professionals, Park Vista of Youngstown, The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, the Youngstown Business Incubator, and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber. Representatives from FirstEnergy, Roof Rite and O’Donold’s Irish Pub are also serving on the planning committee.

Over the next few months committee members will seek event sponsors and speakers, and prepare to sell tickets. “We are still working out a lot of the details, but we are excited to have received our designation as an official TEDx. Now the real planning can get underway,” stated Lori Shandor, planning committee chairperson and gift planning/campaign director at Park Vista of Youngstown. As plans unfold, information will be updated on the TEDxYoungstown Facebook page. A website for the event is also being developed.

“As this first TEDxYoungstown comes together, we are excited to see all the innovative topics and performances that become part of this event. Innovation is everywhere in Youngstown right now so it makes sense as our theme for the first TEDxYoungstown,” commented Colleen Kelly, planning committee member and director of development for the Youngstown Business Incubator. Details on how speakers will be selected will be announced in late August.

Anyone wanting more information about TEDxYoungstown can contact Lori Shandor at TEDxYoungstown@gmail.com.


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 conference in California 26 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 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.

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.

For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration

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This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.