The final ticket deadline for TEDx Mile High is today. This is the third annual Denver-centric version of TED, which has been touting "Ideas Worth Spreading" since the non-profit organization started bringing the best and brightest minds of the world together back in 1984.
Over the last decade, TED has offered local versions of its world-renowned lectures through TEDx, which has all the values and goals of the larger TED organization, with one difference: the ability to localize these ideas. The TEDx events are created on a community-by-community basis, since no two places are alike; what might seem like a good idea in one city wouldn't work in another city.
And TEDx has worked very well in Denver. In mid-June, the city will host its third Mile High event, with sixteen presenters taking to the stage of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Each speaker will touch on this year's theme: Instincts +Values, and what happens when the two collide (and when they don't). Here are all the speakers, in no particular order:
Dr. Michael Huemer, philosopher Shannon Galpin, women's rights activist + National Geographic Humanitarian of the Year Ned Breslin, water activist Adam Brock, founder of Denver's GrowHaus Eythor Bender, bionics pioneer Roxane White, Chief of Staff for Governor John Hickenlooper Alexandre Philippe, award-winning documentary filmmaker Jandel Allen-Davis, Vice President at Kaiser-Permanente Adrian Molina, artist and futurist Tamra Ryan, social entrepreneur (Women's Bean Project) Russell Muren, thermal entrepreneur Buck Adams, veteran + farming entrepreneur Minor Disturbance, youth poets Easton LaChapelle, inventor Dan Connors, computer visionary
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The exhibits lounge opens at 10 a.m.; the program runs from 1 to 6 p.m. A cocktail reception will follow until 8 p.m. To see the complete schedule and buy tickets today, go to the TEDx Mile High website.