TEDxDetroit Announces Cobo as Venue Location


DETROIT — TEDxDetroit today announced that Cobo Center will serve as the official venue for the 2013 conference to be held on October 2. TEDxDetroit will feature local community and business leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, musicians, and artists. In addition, the conference has officially opened the call for speaker submissions, and is seeking presenters who can address how to create, grow, and share a thriving business culture in Michigan and beyond.

“TEDxDetroit is a celebration of what’s next. We bring dreamers and doers together from across the state to collaborate, share fresh ideas, and find inspiration,” said Charlie Wollborg, curator of TEDxDetroit and chief troublemaker of Curve Idea Accelerator. “We’re excited to be hosting TEDxDetroit on the Detroit Riverfront this year. The transformation of Cobo is the perfect backdrop for our stories of innovators who are rewriting the rules, reshaping industries, and making it happen in Detroit.”

“The response to the new Grand Ballroom has been incredible and TEDxDetroit will become one of the highlights of a very busy fall calendar at Cobo Center,” said Thom Connors, general manager of Cobo Center. “This is exactly the kind of event we had in mind when the commitment was made to transform Cobo into a venue for the future.”

Notable speakers in previous years have ranged from, entrepreneurs such as Rick Devos, Dawn White, and Julie Aigner-Clark; educators, such as Kami Pothukuchi, Jeff DeGraff, and Bobby Smith; artists and designers like Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Anuja Rajendra, and Jocelyn Rainey, as well as kid activists, entrepreneurs, magicians, poets, and marching bands.

If interested in applying to be a speaker, please visit www.tedxdetroit.com and fill out the speaker submission form. The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 30. Following the submission process, the TEDxDetroit board of directors will select more than a dozen of the best and brightest minds to share their passion, wisdom, and innovations.

To learn more about the conference, visit tedxdetroit.com.