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TEDxDayton to return to Victoria Theatre on Oct. 20, 2017

Sell-out event to return to Victoria Theatre on Oct. 20 – Call for Speakers & Theme Announced

Speaker applications now open to find 2017 lineup with auditions to take place in June

March 23, 2017 (Dayton, Ohio) — The fifth edition of TEDxDayton event will take place on Oct. 20 at the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton. This year’s theme is “Current.” TEDxDayton logo for event

TEDxDayton spreads ideas and perspectives to spark conversation and connections in the community. The event uses TED’s celebrated format of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances that foster learning, inspiration, and wonder while also prompting conversations that matter.

To find this year’s presenters, organizers have issued a “Call for Speakers” on the TEDxDayton website, Anyone with a big idea they want to share with the region is invited to apply for consideration. In addition to the application process, visitors may also nominate a person whom they believe should audition. TEDxDayton Stage 2014

This year, for the first time, TEDxDayton is accepting applications for performers to take part in TEDxDayton 2017. In years past, some of the most memorable highlights from TEDxDayton have been provided by performers. Classical pianist Steffin Johnson, poets Herbert Martin and Sierra Leone, the Stivers School for the Arts Jazz Orchestra, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and World Jump Ropers are just a few examples of artists and performers who have inspired and entertained TEDxDayton audiences.

“TEDxDayton audiences have high expectations. They demand thoughtful talks that open their minds to new concepts and ideas, as well as issues that impact our region. For our Fifth Anniversary signature event, we need our speakers and performers to take our audience through a mental discovery process, while honoring the technology, entertainment and design format that guides all TED talks,” said TEDxDayton Co-chair Diane Farrell.

Potential speakers should complete the speaker application on by April 21, 2017. The speaker’s committee will review all applications and invite selected candidates to auditions on June 6, 7, and 10. Participants will be notified within a few weeks of auditions if they have been selected to be a TEDxDayton 2017 speaker.


Media Contacts:

Craig Schrolucke, TEDxDayton marketing committee chair

[email protected]

Cory Owen, TEDxDayton speakers committee Co-chair

Shaun Yu, TEDxDayton speakers committee Co-chair


TEDx is a global program of independently organized events licensed by TED. Visit or the TEDxDayton Twitter and Facebook accounts for the most up-to-date details on the 2017 event. Videos of talks from the 2013–16 TEDxDayton events can be viewed on the website, as well.


About TEDx, 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. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.





In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxDayton, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxDayton event, TEDTalks video 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.

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