TEDxHickory 2017 Coming Saturday, November 18th, 2017


The sixth anniversary of TEDxHickory will be coming to The Belk Centrum at Lenoir-Rhyne University November 18th. This independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature a combination of live speakers and TED Talk videos that is sure to elevate the thinking and broaden the perspective of all who participate. And we couldn't be more excited about this year's theme: NEXT.

What's next? Exactly. That's what we're all trying to figure out. At all times. Anywhere. Everywhere. And for any aspect of our lives. And it makes sense, it's human nature - just think about how far everything around us has come during our lifetimes. Color TV, more than one channel, the internet, the internet of things, Facebook, Twitter, News, Fake News, SpaceX, baby monitors, smart homes, virtual reality, you name it! What we see today we couldn't have imagined it 10, 20 or 30 years ago. And the digital revolution has only exacerbated this constant evolution.

So, what's to come? And what's next for Hickory? We're not a little town anymore. We've grown, we've evolved, and we're at the cusp of figuring out what's next for us and our community. So, what is it? And how do we get there? And looking beyond that, what's next regionally? Nationally? Internationally? And how do we get to next?

And what's next is not just an innovative product, or something so truly special that it becomes an industry, or even a revolutionary service or thought. Who's next? Where's next? When's next?

Whatever next you're looking for - technology, medicine, science, exploration, astronomy, philosophy, economics, education, music, writing, media, risk-taking - come explore it with us at the 6th annual TEDxHickory.

The event will be held from 10am to 4pm (doors open at 9:00am), with presenters speaking for no more than 18 minutes each. There will be breaks in-between sessions for discussions on the topics presented.

Those wishing to attend TEDxHickory will need to purchase a ticket from the event's web site (TEDxHickory.com). Tickets will be $30.00 each through September 30th and $40.00 each thereafter. A ticket covers attendance for the full day, lunch, and a TEDxHickory gift. Space is limited, so those interested are encouraged to purchase their ticket soon.

The TED Conference provides general guidance for the independent TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including the one being held in Hickory, are self-organized. TEDxHickory has been organized by local members of the community.

For more information about TEDxHickory or to purchase a ticket for the event, visit the web site at TEDxHickory.com.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (Subject to certain rules and regulations).

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this August in Arusha, Tanzania. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TED

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