TEDxCharleston Announces Call for Speakers and Performers for 2014 Event – Press Release


Event Theme, “Ripple Effect,” to Focus on Ideas and Actions Creating Lasting, Expanding Impact 

CHARLESTON, SC – September 10, 2013 –TEDxCharleston organizers announced today that they are accepting speaker and performer applications now through October 22 for the 2014 event, which will take place in the spring timeframe.  With a theme of Ripple Effect, chosen speakers are expected to inspire with ideas that are creating a lasting, ongoing effect in areas such as the environment, education, parenting, philanthropy, technology, arts, food, fashion, healthcare and more.   

“We are actively looking for change agents that can share with our TEDxCharleston audience ideas having a profound and ever-expanding impact. Even the smallest ideas and actions can have exponential impact on our community and our world, so we look forward to hearing what unheard voices in the Lowcountry have to say,” said Edith Howle, curator of TEDxCharleston.  “If you know people who have great ideas that are creating lasting change in our community, please encourage them to apply.  Help us tap into the many voices, ideas and talents that make up this community, but might not be well known.” 

More information regarding speaker and performer submissions and the 2014 event is available at www.tedxcharleston.org.  The location and date of the event will be announced soon.  

“Our first event was very well received here in the Lowcountry, and we look forward to greatly expanding the audience and number of attendees next year, sharing TEDxCharleston with as many people as possible,” said Howle.

Videos from the inaugural TEDxCharleston held at PURE Theater in downtown Charleston on May 15, 2013, are now online for viewing.  Relive the inspiring talks and performances at www.tedxcharleston.org/2013-speakers.

About TEDx, where 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. Our event is called TEDxCharleston, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxCharleston, 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 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.