Do you know TED? It’s not UAL’s failed low-cost airline. Nor is it the Left 4 Dead video game survivor, Chicago Ted.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, its slogan is “Ideas Worth Spreading” and the regional focus, TEDxMidwest, is in Chicago on Thursday.
TEDxMidwest is a locally and independently organized TED-like event. Once a year, TEDxMidwest brings influential speakers together who aim to challenge, move and inspire in a series of 18-minute talks, or videos and talks combined. As Ariana Huffington puts it, “TED is brimming with innovators, people less interested in figuring out how to prop up the collapsed economy of the last century than in creating an economy for the 21st century.”
For example, Thursday’s CIW event features these speakers:
Pablos Holman, IT Expert and Renowned Hacker: Inventing for the World’s Biggest Problems
Edie Weiner, Futurist and Author: Not Recession but Transformation
Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit: How to Make the World Suck Less
Dean Kamen, inventor: The Future Belongs to the Innovators