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TEDxRaleigh 2016 lineup announced

The Triangle’s version of the popular TED Conference will be held next month, with 14 local “thought leaders” giving TED Talks at a daylong event downtown.

TEDxRaleigh 2016 is a locally produced version of TED, which was started in 1984 around the topics of technology, entertainment and design. TED has since branched out into all sorts of topics, and in 2009 it started TEDx to give people across the nation a chance to organize their own events under the TED umbrella. This will be the 5th TEDxRaleigh and the first since 2013.

The speakers at the Raleigh conference were chosen from about 250 applicants from the Triangle, says TEDxRaleigh curator Kevin Snyder. They include entrepreneurs, a software developer, a high school student and a magician.

“It was an extremely competitive selection process this year, and we ultimately narrowed it down to some of the most interesting people and stories to ever grace Raleigh’s stage,” Snyder said in a statement. “There’s so much Raleigh has to offer, and these enormously impactful individuals have something truly beautiful to share.”

TEDxRaleigh will be held Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Nash Hall, 136 E. Morgan St. Tickets are $65 for a full day with lunch, $50 for a full day without lunch and $30 for half a day. They go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at TEDxRaleigh.org.

The 13 talks at this year’s TEDxRaleigh will be centered on the theme of “Wonderlust, defined as being in a state of constant wonder and awe.” The presenters are:

▪ Peyton Holland, executive director SkillsUSA North Carolina: An entertaining case for valuing American’s education differently, respecting skill equally (whether the trade is a plumber or cardiologist) and empowering students with opportunities to explore their passion.

▪ Nilda Cosco, N.C. State University College of Design, Natural Learning Initiative: Exploring how being outdoors and gardening are huge child development opportunities.

▪ Wayne Anderson, magician: Using magic as a metaphor, Anderson will implore the audience to “find your joy,” whether early or late like he did at age 55.

▪ Jeff Singh, writer/speaker/coach: An interactive journey to step out of how we see the world and reawaken common humanity to take a radically different approach to solving the world’s problems.

▪ Veena Misra, director of NSF ASSIST Center and Professor at NCSU: A jarring talk about health monitoring devices that don’t need a battery, running off the power of your own body heat and motion to help us move from managing illness to managing wellness.

▪ Ricky Hopper, lead software developer at DXLab Design: A case that artists will create the future of technology, elevating people from building “stuff” to creating experiences.

▪ Larry Burk, holistic radiologist at Duke University Medical Center: Stimulating research on warning dreams derived from studies of cancer patients that aims to return dreams to a position of importance in the medicine of the future.

▪ Dhvani Bhatia, high school student at Apex High: An exploration of the word “no,” which currently symbolizes rejection and inhibits people from traveling outside comfort zones to discover the undiscovered.

▪ Jason Goldberg, international speaker and coach with MEometry: The consideration that people can create imagination, engineer enthusiasm and manufacture fascination, regardless of the situation – from the inside out.

▪ Michael Penney, entrepreneur, Military Mentorship, podcaster and author: An empowering talk on how everyone has the ability to add value to every situation, empowering those of us who wish to add positivity into our world.

▪ Lynette Lewis, The Lewis Leadership Group LLC: A heartfelt talk of Lewis’ firsthand loss and grief, and how a few crucial Live-Again moves can lead to a sustainable, wonder-full life.

▪ Bill Cummings, CEO and co-founder of Lemonade International, and Darian Colbert, CEO and founder of Cohesion Network: A conversation on how people from diverse backgrounds can live, work and serve in solidarity with each other by leaning in to the idea that the best version of “me” is “we.”

▪ Doug Stewart, Dale Carnegie Training: A touching personal story from feeling like the victim of a learning disability to the realization that he was a victim of his own thinking, all through the unlocked secret of mentorship in the digital age.

Richard Stradling: 919-829-4739, @RStradling

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