By Edward Cardenas

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – A lineup of speakers ranging in age from 12 to 65 have been confirmed for Tuesday’s TEDxDetroit conference at the Detroit Opera House.

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The annual gathering – which is a local version of the national event that brings together professionals in the fields of technology, education and design – features presentations on “ideas worth spreading.”

“Every year, our mission is to secure speakers, performers and artists who have a deep connection to the city of Detroit and who have innovative ideas worth spreading,” said Charlie Wollborg, curator of TEDxDetroit and Chief Troublemaker of Curve Idea Accelerator, in a release. “And this year is no exception, we’ve selected a group of people who will continue to speak to the inspiration and spirit of Detroit.”

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The list of speakers for the sixth annual event, which is expected to draw more than 1,000 attendees, include:

  • Stephen Goldner, CureLauncher
  • Devita Davison, Food Lab
  • James Ford Murphy, Pixar Animation Studios
  • Pashon Murray, Detroit Dirt
  • Dr. Ann Marie Sastry, Sakti3
  • Nate Aschenbach and David Arditti, GameStart
  • Samantha White, Shakespeare Detroit
  • Paul Armstrong, ChoreMonster
  • Brian Mulloy, Apigee
  • John Sauve, Artist – Man in the City
  • Leon LaBrecque, LJPR
  • Henry Balanon, Protean
  • Jorey Chernett, Intrinsic Medical Imaging
  • Zwena Gray, Kidpreneur
  • Dr. Joyce Lee, University of Michigan
  • Indrin Chetty, Henry Ford Health System
  • Jason Prater, Plex Systems
  • Claire Nelson, UIX
  • Debbie Mielewski, Ford Motor Company
  • Tunde Way, Lagos
  • Kevin Shinn, Altair
  • Andy Didorosi, Detroit Bus

TEDxDetroit also features performers including rap duo Passalacqua, magician Michael Mode, indie folk group The Accidentals, Joori Jung and ARTLAB J Dance Company, the Detroit Drumline Academy and the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences Choir under the direction of Angela Kee.

For more information about TEDxDetroit visit its Tumblr page,, Facebook page,, and Twitter page,

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Those interested in attending can register here.