TEDxGreenville Announces Inspiring 2020 Conference

“Brain Candy" Theme Connects Greenville Thought Leaders

GREENVILLE, SC - TEDxGreenville organizers announced the theme and presenter line-up for the March 28, 2020 conference at the ONE Center in Downtown Greenville. The one-day event showcasing 16 speakers and 3 performers will engage attendees through thought-provoking stories, inspiring performances, and demonstrations of groundbreaking new technologies.

The 2020 Conference theme, “Brain Candy,” connects attendees over ideas so good they should be savored and shared.

“The theme describes what happens when a tasty new idea enters your mind and changes everything. How it triggers the reward region of the brain, becoming an explosive, even addictive experience that creates a ripple effect of new ideas and conversations,” says Russell Stall, TEDxGreenville License Holder and Organizer. “TEDxGreenville believes thinking and discussing are inseparable. All great ideas deserve talk time, from the moment they take hold in our minds, to the many ways they alter and expand as we discuss them. We want exciting ideas to take hold and expand throughout Greenville, so that one becomes a hundred. The result is a matrix of individual perspectives strengthened through exchange.”

Patterned after the hugely popular global TED conference (www.TED.com), TEDxGreenville continues to gain momentum year after year by supporting “Ideas worth sharing” during its often sold-out conference that attracts Greenville’s leading thinkers and doers from all backgrounds.

TEDxGreenville aims to be a catalyst in creating healthy, meaningful conversation in Greenville. The atmosphere is designed to be inspirational, fun, and thought-provoking, while the platform gives life to the most progressive, innovative, and mind-expanding ideas.

Those who make it all possible are the TEDxGreenville presenters: a diverse group that includes business innovators, academics, scientists, performers, and community change agents. Presenters are chosen based on their potential to ignite change and create a shift in thinking within the Upstate.

The 2020 Conference presenters include:

· Lora Bright | Sword Fighting Educator
· Barbara Collins | Pain Philanthropist
· Grant Cothran | Dumpster Diving Upcycler
· Woodrow Dantzler III | Sports and Beyond Mentor
· Paul Dawson | Food Germ Scientist
· John Fallon | Superhero Specialist
· Ben Hall | Doughnut Rebel
· Cecily Hennigan | The Voice
· Patrick Jinks | Strategic Questioner
· Lea Marcotulli | Black Hole Explorer
· Kylie Odetta | Songwriter/Performer
· Srikanth Pila | Automotive Sustainability Enthusiast
· Randomonium | Local Music Advocates
· Andre Sullivan | Non-Profit Founder
· Izzy Swan | Community Woodworker
· Erin Wamsley | Dream Scientist
· Greg Ward | Coffee Bridge Builder
· Lindsey Waters | College Admissions Specialist
· Jillian Wells | Divorced with Grace

“Our goal while choosing the presenters for 2020 was to bring together a group of the most inspirational and fascinating people with a common purpose to ignite change in Greenville,” stated Joey Loman, Curation Team Chair. “This year during the curation process, we put our focus on the feedback from past conferences and selected the lineup of presenters and performers who align with requests made by attendees over the past conferences. Our hope is to capture and reflect the true spirit of the TEDxGreenville experience.”

Tickets go on sale in late February.
For more information, visit TEDxGreenville.com.

About TEDxGreenville TEDxGreenville is a one day conference with over 400 participants offering a series of inspired talks, performances, and interactive discussion sessions. The annual event invites the area’s leading thinkers and doers to share what they are most passionate about, across a wide range of topics relating to technology, design, science, business, culture, the environment, arts and global issues. The TEDxGreenville conference uniquely impacts the Greenville area by showcasing the amazing minds that are shaping our community.

Over the past eleven years, we have featured over 300 presenters with over 13 million views on YouTube.

In addition to the annual conference, TEDxGreenville hosts events to spread ideas throughout the year including:

· TEDxGreenville Salons: More intimate monthly events focused on issues most important to Greenvillians. With audiences of less than 100 participants, every event in the last year was sold out.
· TEDxGreenville Live: A livestream of the annual TED conference from Vancouver, Canada.
· TEDxGreenville Women: A livestream of the annual TEDWomen conference.

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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. 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.

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