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Quincy to host TEDx event

Posted: Jun. 6, 2018 11:50 am Updated: Jun. 6, 2018 2:22 pm

QUINCY, Ill. -- TED Talks, a series of videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, will be coming to Quincy.

Laura Sievert, Executive Director of Arts Quincy, was granted the license to host an independent TEDx event known as TEDxQuincy on Oct. 11 at John Wood Community College's Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium.

The theme for the event is "Big Ideas for Little America." The committee is seeking speaker applications on diverse topics that are scalable to rural American towns like Quincy. Applications close June 30 and require a thesis statement, a video upload and a resume or CV. Those interested in being a speaker, should visit tedxquincy.com.

"Small towns can dream big dreams, and TEDxQuincy will enlighten, encourage and inspire with ideas worth spreading," said Sievert. "TEDxQuincy is designed to have a diverse line-up of speakers and topics that move people to think in a new way. The committee will be choosing dynamic speakers who are engaging, knowledgeable and have something to share with Quincy and the world."

Information about tickets will be available after the selection committee has chosen the speaker lineup later this summer. The inaugural TEDxQuincy event may only have 100 live attendees, but the event will be live streamed and viewing parties will be held at several Quincy locations.

TEDxQuincy is seeking in-kind sponsorships and hotels and host families interested housing speakers. Those interested in becoming a sponsor or hosting a speaker, should email tedxquincy@gmail.com.

Editor's Note: Officials have changed the date of the event; an earlier version of the story said Oct. 4; it has been changed to Oct. 11.

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