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TEDxKC 2017 Speakers & Performers

Watch all of this year's talks in one playlist. ⬇️


Become a Volunteer

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The TEDxKC Volunteer Army is the reason TEDxKC is one of the largest (and most fun!) TEDx events in the world.  In addition to being part of a great event, TEDxKC volunteers get exclusive TEDxKC details and the opportunity to attend the live simulcast at the Kauffman Center Helzberg Hall.  

Want to volunteer for future TEDxKC events?  Join the TEDxKC Volunteer Army on Facebook for updates.



TEDxYouth@KC: Sat, Sept, 23, 12PM (register)

TEDxKCWomen: Sat, Nov, 4, 1PM (Register)  

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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 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, 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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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxKC, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxKC event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

TEDxKC would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.  Sponsoring TEDxKC makes our community a more vibrant and compassionate place to live, work and raise our families.  Partnering with TEDxKC enables sponsors the opportunity to connect with a diverse group of thinkers, dreamer and visionaries.





Mike Lundgren Founder and Curator

John Mulvihill Cofounder and Partnerships

God-is Rivera Host

Tim Gillissen Volunteer Manager

Lauren Ziegler Speaker Logistics

Jamie Dierking Communications Manager

Jamie Beard Social Media Coordinator

Adam Seitz  Group Creative Director

Corey Cassaw Creative Director

Allison Martin Copywriter

Logan Smith Producer, Partner Activations

Freddie Wise Production Manager

Matt Bell TEDxKC Mad Scientist

Jen Rivas Watch Party Coordinator

Sydney Schulz Designer

Scott Stone Director Integrated Production