TEDxJacksonville Wants You

Speakers, performers and attendees should apply by June 30

TEDxJacksonville evolved from TEDxRiversideAvondale, which hosted Jacksonville's first event last October.
Courtesy Kirk Chamberlain
TEDxJacksonville evolved from TEDxRiversideAvondale, which hosted Jacksonville's first event last October.
Courtesy Kirk Chamberlain

9:45 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 26

WJCT, 100 Festival Park Ave.

Tickets: Price TBA, limited to 300 people

Apply by June 30


Most people have at least heard of and may have listened to the informative, engaging TED Talks. A 1984 conference that began in California really took off six years later and has been held annually ever since. The talks have become more and more popular after being broadcasted online for free. TED Talks are held to a max of 18 minutes, giving viewers a fun, fast way to learn while also being thought-provoking and inspiring. 

TED stands for "Technology, Entertainment, and Design" but has widened that scope since 1984 by exploring, connecting, and educating on any "idea worth spreading," which is the TED slogan.  

Last October, Jacksonville hosted its first TEDx (the "x" indicating an "independently organized event),“Collective Genius.” TEDxRiverside/Avondale hosted nine speakers, four recorded TED talks and four entertainment performances. Jeff Spear, TEDxJacksonville media liaison and partnership relations director, said “the event was very successful and completely sold out.”

On Oct. 26, TEDxJacksonville's evolved and expanded event theme will be "Connecting Currents." The theme refers not only to the St. Johns River, the location of the event, but also the connections between Jacksonville's history, culture and people.  

The organizers are accepting applications from those who would like to speak or perform. Spear said speakers must have great ideas that are worth sharing but must also be able "to make the presentation of their lives." As anyone who has watched TED Talks knows, the "E" for entertainment is always emphasized. Those who want to speak or perform (as well as those who want to suggest speakers andperformers) are encouraged to apply early, although the official deadline is June 30.

TED Talks require not only engaging performers and speakers but also a responsive audience. Those, who wish to attend this year’s event must complete an application, which will be evaluated almost as closely as the applications for speakers and performers.

“We want an engaged audience. It makes for an even more exciting day,” Spear said. 

TEDxJacksonville’s “Connecting Currents” will be held Oct. 26 at WJCT on the St. Johns River with food, entertainment and, of course, “ideas worth sharing.” The ticket price will depend on sponsorships. Anyone wishing to sponsor TEDxJacksonville should contact Jeffrey Spear at

Find out more about TEDxJacksonville on Facebook, Twitter, its blog or its website.


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