On February 19th at the Mizner Amphitheater some of the most influential speakers within the community will be delivering their ideas by setting the stage with an unprecedented platform of knowledge and what “Ingenuity” means. If you’re unfamiliar with Tedx talks you should know it's been a global stage for years and continues to be a prestigious event meant to inspire and share demonstrations, performances and discussions on a vast array of topics.
TED started in 1984 and since its start has been producing videos, and other engaging material distributed throughout the world. TED stands for Technology-Entertainment-Design. The “x” signifies excitement, extraordinary, and mystery. TED is a non-profit organization that deals with a myriad of content in over 100 different languages. Each TEDx conference is organized by members of a community and must follow guidelines set by TED.
TED also hosts a variety of events such as university, youth, salon and live conferences that are simulcast to its large world audience.
Besides these types of events, is the TEDxWomen event which must be conducted by women. Creation of such an event like this must take into serious consideration the topics discussed, but also the type of audience that the organizers are trying to reach.
Another area of interest is the Internal events. These are held by institutions, corporations and can either be held privately or to the masses. There are restrictions, such as not promoting or using a TED event as a form of advertising or marketing. TED officials take these restrictions seriously.
The TED format includes, diversification among the topics chosen, a video, and a chance to connect with the community. There is no commercial, religious or political discussion. However, there is an opportunity for people within their communities to discuss their views. Another mission for TED is for the community to develop a closer relationship with one another.
There are several parameters that a TED talk must fall within. TED conferences are not allowed to be used for commercial or marketing use, unless the facility holding a TED talk an educational institution or a corporation using an educational setting. These types of entities cannot use their name as part of the TED branding, but can host a TED event.
Life coaches or motivational speakers are not a part of their criteria. These conferences are meant to use a wide range of topics or discussions that are diverse, allowing people to have a voice in such matters be heard.
The Grand TED Event is held annually in Vancouver, Canada and was founded by Richard Saul Wurman and Harry Marks. Main headquarters are in both New York and British Columbia. Journalist and publisher, Chris Anderson is the current person operating TED. Since the TEDx initiative rolled out by Anderson, there has been over 60,000 TEDx talks.
Why you should attend:
The speakers of TED focus on ideas that create change. It’s a collaboration of learning and having your perceptions heard to inspire others seeking solutions to many of today’s problems. The viewpoints that shared can be anything from Global Warming to Gun Control with Today’s Youth. If you’re the type of person who’s got a quest for knowledge and would like to be a part of change within your community, then these events provoke learning at a local level. Each TED event carries the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.”
TEDx has several up and coming projects which are termed “Incubator Projects”. A few of these projects that may peak your interest are the TEDx Artist Residence where the volunteers and participants create art installations and implement an "Artist in Residence" program. Another one of the many ways to be involved in this strategic and radical form of information. Whatever the case may be, the list of speakers and performers is sure to bring in a crowd of people with a quench of thirst for the arts.
This year’s TEDx Boca Raton will feature Mark Levit, Brenda Wertheim, and Dr. Raymond G. Miltenberger. Where each speaker will be given 18 minutes to present as leaders in their field. Their topic is “Ingenuity” where they'll discuss what it means to be original, creative, inventive and of course smart. Of course, there’s always an opportunity that one of our own residents could take the TED Prize. This would give our fantastic community even more to brag about. The TED Prize is awarded annually to an individual with a creative, bold vision to spark global change.
Recipient of the 2016 TED Award was Dr. Sarah Parcak. Dr. Parcak was recently on the Stephen Colbert show when she discussed her experience taking the million-dollar prize. As an archaeologist, Dr. Parcak uses satellites in space to locate things like pyramids. She’s been recognized in her success of locating seventeen different pyramids in Egypt. She’s also been able to find over 1,000 lost tombs. Parcak has been able to also change vegetation health through her many discoveries. Sarah graduated from Cambridge University with a doctrines degree in Archaeological studies. Sarah has proven to be one of the many people who spread her ideas and is now a partner of TEDx.
There are many volunteer and partner spaces for folks to consider if they would like to get involved. Partner packages include VIP Party, Dinner Party, and Agent of Change to name a few. You can locate the partner page on the TEDxBocaRaton website.
This year’s event will be held at the Mizner Parks Amphitheater located close by Townsend Place in downtown Boca Raton. Mizner Park hosts many shows, and entertainment throughout the year. TEDx was started by Boca resident Becky Woodbridge.
The Wyndham Boca Raton is the sponsor for out of town guests and speakers for this year’s TEDx conference and is an ideal location as a boutique-style retreat. This venue is close to many of Boca’s world-class restaurants and shopping.
The event itself will have a reception from 5:00 – 6:00 pm where the guests will check in and take part in open discussion. During 7:30 pm to 8:30 Pm there is a break for dinner, the event finishes with an after party around 10:00 pm.
There are many events happening monthly in and around the Boca Raton areas. One of the many reasons this is one of South Florida’s premier communities to live in. TEDxBocaRaton is yet another way for people to connect with other members that live in and around the area continuing to weave the tapestry of this diverse and upscale city.
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