TEDxMoncton looking for presenters


TEDxMoncton is calling for speakers and performers for the upcoming TEDx event, Connect the Dots. The event will be open to the public and will be held at Théâtre l’Escaouette on Saturday, October 4.

“I’m thrilled to be part of TEDxMoncton for its second year,” said Stephanie Nelson, Executive Director of TEDxMoncton. “I have been a fan of TEDTalk videos for many years now and am looking forward to establishing a TEDx community here in Moncton. This year’s exec is dedicated and hard working and I’m excited to be part of such a strong team.”

TEDxMoncton is searching for engaging and passionate presenters who have ideas or projects that will be new to audience members. The theme is Connect the Dots, and TEDx Moncton wants to know what that means to you. TEDx Moncton is also looking to connect with performers who would like to share their talents on the TEDxMoncton stage. The organizing committee wants to hear from interested candidates — singers, dancers, ventriloquists, magicians, etc. Those interested should visit www.tedxmoncton.com and apply to speak or perform. Recommendations from the public are also being accepted for speakers and performers.

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, TEDTalk videos and live speakers combine to spark a 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.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 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 on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available for free at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former British prime minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference takes place in Vancouver along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighbouring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, 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; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. 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.

For more information on TEDxMoncton, contact Stephanie Nelson, Executive Director, at 506-875-8530 or tedxmoncton@gmail.com.

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