Inaugural TEDxMarionSquare Event Is To Be Held 2013

The Call for Speakers is Now Open For TEDxMarionSquare.

CHARLESTON, SC – November 5, 2012 – TEDxMarionSquare is coming to Charleston for the first time on May 15, 2013. Focused on the theme of “Reinvent,” the independently produced event operated under a license from TED, is an all-day immersion experience at the intersection of science, art, performance and business. It is designed to enrich the Charleston community through entertainment and talks that inspire, engage and transform. During this day-long event, speakers combined with TEDTalks videos will explore breakthrough ideas that honor the past while bringing forth the full potential of new and innovative thinking. TEDxMarionSquare will be held at PURE Theater in downtown Charleston.

“Bringing the TEDx experience to Charleston is a groundbreaking step,” says Edith Howle, curator of TEDxMarionSquare. “The theme of ‘Reinvent’ is very deliberate. Charleston has reinvented itself many times throughout history – and continues to do so today. We are a city of great growth and cultural change in recent years. Our goal is to empower the thinkers, visionaries, and teachers of the Lowcountry by providing a platform for creativity and idea sharing,” says Howle.

Speaker submissions are now being accepted and nominations can be submitted today through January 4, 2013, at Event organizers are committed to featuring the region’s leading thinkers, innovators, artists, philosophers and entertainers representing such diverse fields as technology, entertainment, visual and performance art, design, music and education.

“We know that our community is exploding with innovative people who have diverse backgrounds and a wealth of talent,” says Howle. “Our community is filled with little-heard stories and great ideas worth sharing. So think about those you know who would share a great story in 18 minutes or less. We encourage everyone to start nominating these great thinkers and innovators today.”

Interested attendees must apply to participate in the limited-space event. Individual and corporate sponsorships are also available. Please email or call Cindy Johnson at 843-720-2857 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 843-720-2857 end_of_the_skype_highlighting for sponsorship information.

About TEDxMarionSquare

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. Our event is called TEDxMarionSquare, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxMarionSquare, TEDTalks videos and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

*This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Edinburgh, UK. TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping 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.

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