TEDxDetroit coming: The TEDxDetroit conference will be held Wednesday, Sept. 29 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The event will attract more than 800 attendees from the worlds of Technology, Entertainment and Design, for an all-day creative session. Featuring nearly 50 local speakers, artists and musicians, the conference will bring together the area’s leading entrepreneurs, creators and catalysts to produce positive ideas for the world from Detroit. A sample of this year’s speakers include Jerry Paffendorf and Mary Lorene Carter, founders of Detroit micro-real estate nonprofit Loveland (www.makeloveland.com); Geoff Horst, chief science officer of Algal Scientific Corp. and a member of the team that developed a process that uses algae for waste water treatment and nutrient recovery; and Kami Pothukuchi, Associate Professor of Urban Planning at Wayne State University and driver behind SEED Wayne, a program dedicated to building sustainable food systems on campus and in Detroit communities. A limited number of tickets for TEDxDetroit are available and can be obtained by submitting an application. To submit for a conference ticket, visit www.tedxdetroit.com and fill out the relevant information. If approved, you will be mailed an invitation. Though the event is free of charge, a $21 donation is encouraged. All donations will support Public Art Workz, an organization committed to opening children’s minds with art and technology. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, Calif. with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, U.K. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED2011, “The Rediscovery of Wonder,” will be held Feb. 28-March 4.
Value Society to meet: The Greater Michigan Chapter of SAVE International, the Value Society, will hold its fall kickoff event on Tuesday, Sept. 21. The guest speaker is Axel Peter Reid, president of Reid Management Methods of Hamburg, Germany. Red is a value management expert and a member of the SAVE College of Fellows. His presentation is titled ‘Weight and ost Savings By Increasing Quality and Reliability For Aircraft Products and Components.’ The cost is $15, which includes a light dinner. Registration and networking start at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and the program from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. More at www.michigansave.org. Advanced registration is required as seats are limited. Interested parties should contact: Gordon S. Johnson, program director, at (734) 558-303 or Gojo67@sbcglobal.net.
WordCamp Detroit Conference Offers Web Software Boot Camp: A new entrepreneurial workshop is scheduled for Oct. 9-10 at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi. The conference, called WordCamp Detroit, will help small business owners, bloggers, and internet enthusiasts get the most out of WordPress software. As the Internet replaces and enhances traditional print and telephone media, it also provides a platform to voice ideas and a way to bring together people with common interests. WordCamp Detroit will share tips for applying this powerful media tool to grow a business or promote one’s passion on the internet. WordPress is a user-friendly, free platform for managing a Web site’s content, making it an excellent resource for small businesses and enthusiasts. Attendees will learn how to employ WordPress tools and technology to their own circumstances and easily translate these new skills to grow their internet presence. The seminar curriculum covers a wide range of topics, addressing both those who currently have little or no internet experience as well as those seeking to improve their existing skills. Featuring both local experts and talent from around the country, sessions include all key aspects to creating a Web site or blog in WordPress. It starts with an introductory application, moves into choosing themes for Web sites and blogs, finding affordable plugins to extend site functionality, search engine optimization, social media and more. The conference has two “tracks” or parallel sessions, one for users and the other for developers. The conference fee is $40 and includes both days. Tickets must be purchased online before Oct. 8. Sponsorships are also available and begin as low as $100. For more information contact Todd List at (248)387-9650 or visit www.WordCampDetroit.com.
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