By Caitlyn Finnegan
TEDxUF is returning to Gainesville Feb. 23 with a new collection of “ideas worth spreading” for the local community. Held at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the event is set to attract nearly 2,000 people to hear speakers like Streetlight founder Rebecca Brown, author Anna Olcese and pediatric clinician scientist Dr. Barry Bryne share their ideas.
There will be between 10 and 12 speakers at the event, addressing themes like sustainability, modern medical research, society’s perception of death and how to support a more creative education system. Each speaker is given 18 minutes to share their ideas with the audience. Along with the featured talks, the TEDxUF Lab will be open before, during and after the event to showcase innovative companies and organizations from the surrounding community.
Started in 1984, TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, helps bring together some of the world’s most innovative minds and accomplished professionals through two annual conferences, according to the organization’s website. Spun off the idea of the larger conferences, TEDx events bring the same experience to communities across the world on a much smaller scale.
Tickets are free, but they often sell out weeks in advance to the event. To learn more, visit tedxuf.com.