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TEDxReno spreads infectious ideas

By Miriam Hodgman

tedxTEDxReno, an independently organized TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) event, is pleased to announce tickets will go on sale starting Wednesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. The organization has also updated its roster of 2014 speakers, all on a mission to “spread infectious ideas” and inspire listeners on Friday, June 6, at the Lear Theatre in downtown Reno, marking the first performance at the Lear in over 12 years.

This second annual TEDxReno event gives the local community an opportunity to engage with a slew of rousing speakers, all focused around the theme of the “Biggest Little Citizen.” Tickets to the event cost $100 and will be available for purchase by visiting www.tedxreno.com.

“An independent TEDx event is a mainstay in any thriving entrepreneurial and creative city,” said TEDxReno organizer and Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada Vice President of Entrepreneurial Development, Doug Erwin. “Not only will TEDxReno add to the already impressive momentum and growth we’ve seen in the community, but will also serve to further solidify Reno’s progress toward becoming a tech and creative hub in the U.S.”

Nearly twenty speakers are set to light up the Lear stage including:

• David Burns | Adjunct Clinical Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine
• Alex Dang | slam poet
• Danny Heinsohn | triathlete and author
• J-Youngin’ | 13-year-old owner of J’Youngin Clothing, as seen on Colin Kaepernick
• K-Von | comic, host of MTV’s hit show “Disaster Date”
• Matt Schultz | Executive Director of the Reno Generator
• York Smith | research and development engineer with Nanosynth Materials and Sensors

The speakers run the gamut from renowned poets to inventors to Olympic gold medalists. All have a story to tell that will inspire and unite TED attendees and showcase the pioneering, brilliant spirits of northern Nevada and our world.

“The goal here is to showcase the hidden talent within Reno while motivating our fellow citizens to achieve greatness,” said TEDxReno Co-Founder Rory O’Brien. “It’s important for everyone to realize they are a functioning part of society, and we want to highlight their current and future success.”

Tickets for the event are on sale starting Wednesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. and are expected to sell out quickly. The TEDxReno team welcomes interested community sponsors and volunteers.

For more information visit www.tedxreno.com or contact Meghan Pescio at [email protected]

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference on the West Coast each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

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