Big idea conference TEDxSMU has announced its 2014 speaker lineup. The selection of scholars, performers and musicians will offer their take on the theme "Strangely Familiar" on November 1 at Dallas City Performance Hall.
The day-long conference begins at 9 am and runs until 6 pm. Breakfast and lunch are provided, along with ample breaks conducive to conversations. Tickets, which cost $150 and include access to the after-party, can be purchased online.
Now in its sixth year, TEDxSMU has morphed into much more than merely a one-day experience.
“Whatever we thought we were starting with TEDxSMU in 2009, we know now that it has been the catalyst for an entire community of people who are looking for new ways to view the world,” director Heather Hankamer said in a release.
In addition to the signature annual conference, TEDxSMU holds idea salons throughout the year. Plus, Hankamer said the open auditions for a spot in the main conference and TEDxKids@SMU “have taken on a life of their own” and are increasingly popular.
“The sense of adventure we felt that first year just keeps going,” she said.
Without further ado, here's the full list of speakers:
Founder, Reel FX Creative Studios
Dr. Deborah Clegg
Expert in fat cell biology
Associate professor, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Human rights activist, Vital Voices
Founder, Make Art With Purpose
FIRST Robotic Team 2848
World championship Jesuit robotics team
Writer, creative director and banjo player
Head of production, Alpha Girl Productions
President and CEO, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Magician and professor, Austin College
Founder, Cidara Therapeutics
Senior creative director, Comcast
Founder, African Prisons Project
Sophomore, SMU Meadows School of the Arts
Photographer, American Craftsman Project
Program leader, IBM T J Watson Research Center
Professor and robotics expert, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
Senior advisor for Civil Society & Emerging Democracies, U.S. Department of State
Content Director, TED