Prepare to be amazed. Prepare to be inspired. Prepare, perhaps, to reflect less favorably on your own accomplishments. It's time for TEDxMileHigh, two days of performances and events that start with the first-ever TEDxYouth@MileHigh today from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The main event runs from 1 to 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
According to TEDxMile High curator Jeremy Duhon, 2,000 tickets are expected to be sold for the annual TEDxMileHigh conference by tomorrow morning. Last year's inaugural event sold out completely, inspiring the smaller, more intimate TEDx Mile High Salon in January to open the experience to different perspectives and several hundred people.
Tomorrow's extravaganza focuses on the theme of "Risk and Reward," which builds off of its predecessor, "Inspired Citizenship." Across five hours, eighteen guests (not including a still-secret musical act) will speak or perform pieces devoted to the TED model's focus on "Ideas Worth Spreading." The California-based project asks speakers to present their stories of a lifetime, which will be recorded and displayed online for free soon after. Many new faces appear -- and repeat throughout today and tomorrow -- while at least one will be familiar from last year: Dr. Allen Lim, a cycling specialist with a burgeoning small business, spoke at the 2011 conference and closed out the 2012 salon.
New this year is the Exhibits Lounge, an interactive area split from the stage where people can participate in smaller workshops and discussions. It will be open on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. before speakers begin, during intermission from 3 to 4 p.m., and after the speakers finish from 6 to 8 p.m.
Click through to see the full speaker lists for both events. The 2012 TEDxYouth@MileHigh lineup:
Chris Davenport, two-time World Champion skier and TV commentator Natalie Baumgartner, PhD, clinical psychologist and co-founder of RoundPegg Kelly Brough, president and CEO of the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Jennifer Chipman, AECOM water resource engineer Kayvon Coffey, violin prodigy and member of Denver Young Artists Orchestra Bianca Griffith, Executive Director of Sante Natural Adam Lerner, director and chief animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver Samantha Lobato, recent graduate of Career Education Center Middle College and a youth leader for Project VOYCE (Voices of Youth Changing Education) Ryan Martens, founder of Rally Software and CEO of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado Kimbal Musk, The Kitchen Community Slam Nuba Evan Walden and Nathaniel Koloc, ReWork, co-founders of ReWork, a startup that connects professionals with companies that are making the world a better place Woody Roseland, five-time cancer survivor and comedian
Click through for the TEDxMileHigh lineup. The 2012 TEDxMileHigh lineup:
Kelly Brough, president and CEO of the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Michael Hancock, Denver mayor and advocate for the people and businesses of the city Allen Lim, sports physiologist and cycling trainer Samantha Lobato, recent graduate of Career Education Center Middle College and a youth leader for Project VOYCE (Voices of Youth Changing Education) Hugo Matheson, chef and co-founder of The Kitchen Evan Walden and Nathaniel Koloc, co-founders of ReWork, a startup that connects professionals with companies that are making the world a better place Natalie Baumgartner, PhD, clinical psychologist and co-founder of RoundPegg Jeremy Bloom, two-time Olympian and founder of Wish of a Lifetime foundation Kayvon Coffey, violin prodigy and member of Denver Young Artists Orchestra Chris Davenport, two-time World Champion skier and TV commentator Adam Lerner, director and chief animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver Timothy Marquez, founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of energy company Venoco, Inc. Ryan Martens, founder of Rally Software and CEO of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado Laura Merage, an artist and social entrepreneur who founded RedLine Denver Todd Neff, writer and editor of CleanEnergy.com Jessica Posner, "America's Top World Changer Under 25" and co-founder of Shining Hope for Communities Woody Roseland, five-time cancer survivor and comedian Slam Nuba, featuring award-winning slam poets Ken Arkind, Bobby Lefebre and Theo Wilson
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