DETROIT — The organizers of TEDxDetroit announced Wednesday that the 2012 event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26 at the Gem Theatre, 333 Madison St., with a side trip to the Grand Army of the Republic Building, 1942 Grand River Ave.

TEDxDetroit ( is locally organized, based on the global TED (Technology, Education, Design) event, to bring together regional leaders with the theme of “sharing ideas worth spreading” in everything from the arts to high tech to economic development.

The event’s two locations set the stage for an intimate, all-day conference featuring local community and business leaders, entrepreneurs, musicians and artists.

This smaller-scale event will be a prelude to a larger 2013 TEDxDetroit (details to be announced in late 2012). All presentations on Oct. 26 will be live-streamed and available on YouTube following the event.

The GAR building is currently in the process of being rebuilt by Mindfield USA (, a Detroit-based media production company.

Nearly 50 presenters, artists and musicians at TEDxDetroit will come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. If you have ideas worth spreading and are interested in being a speaker, visit and fill out the speaker submission form.

A limited number of tickets for TEDxDetroit are available and can be obtained by submitting an application. To submit a request for a conference ticket, visit and fill out the relevant information. If approved, you will be mailed an invitation. The ticket fee is $100, which will help cover event costs.

Additionally, applicants who are unable to be accommodated for the October event will automatically be submitted for consideration for the 2013 conference.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Follow TEDxDetroit on Twitter at for more details.

Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak — each limited to 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at 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, England.

TED’s media initiatives include, 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.

Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at


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