DETROIT (WWJ) — A “Super Business Girl” who makes money by showing other kids how to make money. A doctor born in India, talking about access to health care in Detroit. A reporter describing the news as being like the old story of blind men describing an elephant. A former TV producer who founded Slow Roll Detroit, a bike club. Poets and dreamers, musicians and urban farmers and building experts, giving talk after talk about building a business and building a city.

Welcome to TEDxDetroit, the annual conference of short speeches full of passsion and promise about life, love, religion, philosophy, business, Detroit and everything.

More than 1,000 people were expected for the expanded event, held in the gorgeous new Riverfont Ballroom at Cobo Center, the event space created out of what used to be the decrepit Cobo Arena.

Like all TED events, it was devoted to Technology, Entertainment and Design — with short presentations that hoped to reach the TED event series’ motto, “ideas worth spreading.”

Like Detroit Soup, a soup dinner that raises $5,000 a month for a Detroit startup. Or a free clinic in Detroit that will offer health care and a social media laboratory.

The energy in the room was as usual insane. The crowd, young, enthusiastic. Next year? Of course you should go.

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