Big ideas deserve a big audience, and TEDxMileHigh is doing its best to bring both to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House today. As the local, independent version of the world-famous TED talks, the organization is gathering Colorado’s best and brightest minds for a daylong festival of thought, an exploration of what could — and should — be. And sure, you could just stay home and watch TED talks online, but to do so would sort of be missing the point.
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“We’re really trying to build a community — a community of thinkers and doers,” says TEDxMileHigh spokesman Micah Williams. “What separates this from the online is that you really get to engage with that community. It’s similar to the reason you’d want to go to a Mumford & Sons concert versus watching it online — you can’t really beat the live experience and atmosphere.”
Headlined by National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Shannon Galpin, recognized for her humanitarian work with women in Afghanistan, speakers include a hip-hop lawyer, a pop-culture documentarian and Governor Hickenlooper’s chief of staff. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Ellie, located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Tickets are $69.50 and include food, a beverage, admission to a post-event cocktail reception and the Exhibits Lounge. For more info and to buy tickets, visit tedxmilehigh.com.
Sat., June 15, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 2013