TEDxDetroit Unveils Speaker Line-up for 2014 Event


DETROIT —TEDxDetroit has confirmed its list of speakers for the sixth annual ideas and innovation conference to be held next week. The diverse cast features entrepreneurs, educators, engineers, artists, geeks and doctors – ranging in age from just 12 years old to 65.

Here is a list of speakers for this year’s event:

Stephen Goldner, CureLauncher
Devita Davison, Food Lab
James Ford Murphy, Pixar Animation Studios
Pashon Murray, Detroit Dirt
Dr. Ann Marie Sastry, Sakti3
Nate Aschenbach and David Arditti, GameStart
Samantha White, Shakespeare Detroit
Paul Armstrong, ChoreMonster
Brian Mulloy, Apigee
John Sauve, Artist – Man in the City
Leon LaBrecque, LJPR
Henry Balanon, Protean
Jorey Chernett, Intrinsic Medical Imaging
Zwena Gray, Kidpreneur
Dr. Joyce Lee, University of Michigan
Indrin Chetty, Henry Ford Health System
Jason Prater, Plex Systems
Claire Nelson, UIX
Debbie Mielewski, Ford Motor Company
Tunde Way, Lagos
Kevin Shinn, Altair
Andy Didorosi, Detroit Bus

“Every year, our mission is to secure speakers, performers and artists who have a deep connection to the city of Detroit and who have innovative ideas worth spreading,” said Charlie Wollborg, curator of TEDxDetroit. “And this year is no exception, we’ve selected a group of people who will continue to speak to the inspiration and spirit of Detroit.”

The lineup also includes a diverse cast of performers. Rap duo Passalacqua, magician Michael Mode, indie folk group The Accidentals, Joori Jung and ARTLAB J Dance Company, the Detroit Drumline Academy and the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences Choir under the direction of Angela Kee.

The event will be held at the historic Detroit Opera House  from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 30. More than 1,000 attendees are expected to attend TEDxDetroit.

Those interested in attending the event can register here.

TEDxDetroit is not only meant to create dialogue and action, it also serves as a platform for Michigan social entrepreneurs to share their thoughts, actively apply ideas and ultimately bring positive change to Detroit. TEDxDetroit is sponsored by Cadillac, Quicken Loans, Plex Systems, LJPR, Detroit Venture Partners, Atomic Object, Curve Detroit and Airfoil.

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