TED comes to town: Xavier University to host its second TEDx event in April

CINCINNATI - TEDx is coming to town. Xavier University will host the independently organized event licensed by TED on April 17, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the Schiff Banquet Hall at Cintas Center. 

TED describes itself as "a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading." Started as a four day conference in California 25 years ago, TED is now a global movement that showcases experts and thinkers in the areas of technology, entertainment, design and more. An offshoot of TED, TEDx consists of "local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience."

A select audience

One unique feature of TED talks is that audience sizes are limited; people who want to attend must register and wait to learn if they are selected. Then, attendees are provided with an online link to pay the $25 ticket price. The TEDxXavierUniversity audience will be limited to 100 attendees.

"To create a more intimate experience and to add to the dynamics, TEDxXavierUniversity will include an audience of 100," reads the event website.

The format of TED conferences allows each speaker to address attendees for 18 minutes. This is the second year Xavier is hosting a TEDx event. The theme is "Igniting Passion and Inspiring Minds." According to Xavier University, five of the six speakers are professionals in their fields and one is a Xavier undergraduate student. 

TEDxXavierUniveristy speakers:

  • Ernest Fontana: Fontana is a professor at Xavier University. He specializes in nineteenth and early twentieth century literature, as well Anglo-Italian literary and cultural relations.
  • Tarek Kamil: Kamil is the executive director of online strategy for InMotion Sports Technology, or IST. IST uses embedded-sensor technology to quantify sports skills and collects data that is used in the online sports community. 
  • Jason Hauer: Hauer is the co-founder of The Garage Group, a strategy firm that brings new approaches to business model innovation.
  • Kaleel Skeirik: Skeirik is a professor at Xavier University and former chair of the university's Music department. Currently, Skeirik teaches music theory, composition, and created courses in American popular music. 
  • Holly End: End is the director of development for the Cooperative for Education, or CoEd, an international nonprofit organization that provides educational opportunities to impoverished Guatemalan students. 
  • Owen Raisch: Raisch is chosen as the only undergraduate student speaker at the event. He is the founder of X-LINK at Xavier University, which integrates university classrooms with independent businesses. 

View "Creativity Under Pressure: Todd Henry at TEDxXavierUniversity" (2012)

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