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Sep 20, 2012
01:00 PMBe There
TEDxBuffalo: Buffalo-born ideas worth spreading
It’s one of the serendipities of life in Buffalo that great ideas seem to come right from our own backyards––we hear of some new and wonderful local movement and discover it was started by a neighbor, a coworker, a local bartender, a former teacher. The world-renowned TED talks were conceived to help share “ideas worth spreading,” and TEDxBuffalo, an independently organized TED event, will give several Western New Yorkers with exciting ideas a chance to share them with the community. On October 9th at the Montante Cultural Center at Canisius College, speakers have 18 minutes to share their idea before an audience; the filmed talk will then be released to the public for screening.
“I'm excited about this year because I believe we are increasing our emphasis on producing high-quality TED-style talks that show the greater world some of Buffalo's best ideas,” says organizer Kevin Purdy. “We are ramping up the video production quality, and we have more experience with the stage, the format, and the crowd.”
This year’s TedxBuffalo theme is “The World in Your Backyard.” Featured speakers include Adrienne Bermingham, assistant for the Jane Goodall Institute’s Youth Leadership Program; Kevin Gardner, co-owner of Five Points Bakery; Geoff “DeafGoeff” Herbert, a Syracuse-based designer, DJ, and web producer who just happens to be deaf; James D. Roberts, executive chef at the Park Country Club; and Joy Kuebler, landscape architect. (Click here for the full list.) Purdy says though the theme is new, “the idea is still the same as our first event in 2011: create a day filled with ideas worth filming, talking about, and sharing.”
TEDxBuffalo audiences are deliberately limited to 100 people, so prospective attendees must apply for the chance to see the talks in person. If you don’t get a spot, fear not––satellite locations screening the talks will be available to the public. Want to attend and contribute? Become a sponsor by emailing email@example.com. It’s a chance to help move great ideas forward––and who knows how far they’ll spread?