TEDxDetroit is returning to the city in September at a new location – Ford Field – and with a new presenting sponsor – Pontiac-based United Shore. The event is in its 12th year, and the Ford Field location is its biggest yet. Tickets went on sale today.
“The 2020 TEDxDetroit event will be our biggest, brightest, and best yet,” says Terry Bean, a producer of the event. “We wanted a venue partner where the true inspiration that is TEDxDetroit would be felt immediately upon entering.”
Previous locations include the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Fox Theatre and, most recently, the Masonic. This year’s event will take place from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
“Innovation and great people are the foundation for both TEDxDetroit and United Shore,” says Mat Ishbia, president and CEO of United Shore. “We are proud to be a big part of this conference and bring people together who believe that great ideas can propel business forward.”
TEDxDetroit brings together the area’s leading thinkers, designers, entertainers, entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, and students for inspirational talks. Charlie Wollborg, curator, has described it as “part business conference, part science fair, part art festival, and part revival.”
Ford Field will allow for an unprecedented amount of space for talks, interactive labs, and live entertainment for the day.
The first TED idea conference was held in California in 1984. TED was an acronym for technology, entertainment, and design, three fields that spur innovation. TEDx carries the spirit of TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading to local communities around the world.
The TEDx program began in 2009, and TEDxDetroit was among the first of these independently organized events. It is still among the largest and has featured more than 250 doctors, filmmakers, educators, engineers, poets, and other game changers from Detroit and around the state. Each TEDx event follows guidelines established by TED and operates at the local level under a license granted by TED.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading, usually through short, powerful talks that are 18 minutes or fewer. Many are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver and made available for free on TED.com. Past speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan, and Daniel Kahneman.
Tickets to TEDxDetroit and more information are available here. The early bird price is $75.