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The Final Countdown!

  • Posted on: 9 June 2014
  • By: Irene

Consider this little earworm a gift for all of our readers, to pump you up in preparation for the big day this weekend (feel free to pass it on). Here at TEDxFlourCity we are already pumped...This Sunday, June 15th TEDxFlourCity2014: Listen Closer will take over our calendars. All of our audience applications have been received and although TEDxFlourCity2014 coincides with Father’s Day this year, we will have a full house! Our guests will be traveling from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Maryland.

Our furthest attendee is traveling over 286 miles to get here!

If you are unable to attend this weekend, don’t worry. Every TEDxFlourCity2014 talk will be shared on YouTube after the event. And now for your final topic teaser... Enjoy.


"How do you explain something you’ve always known your entire life but nobody else can see?" Listen closer... Noah Wagoner tells the story of his transition as a transgender male. He takes you through his journey of awkward conversations, impromptu style experiments, and how he succeeded in bringing his grandparents, parents and friends through the transition with him.

Next time you watch a viral video, listen closer to the people in the comments. Jon Schull tells the story of how a university project, a YouTube comment and a Google Plus group sparked a global conversation that resulted in the distribution of customized prosthetic limbs around the world. Great ideas need no longer stay small scale and global change can occur quickly if the resources at universities are connected with people in need via the internet. He presents other examples of the transfer of skills and technology that are normally concentrated in universities to people who are in need of medical and intellectual resources, both locally and globally.

Stop, collaborate and listen ...closer! Using media on a portable audio device is generally a solo experience. Garrett Kinsman reveals new technology to move information between devices without an internet connection and create a social experience. He describes the future of a digital eco-system that will allow the sharing of music and other information, creating a conversation through live peer to peer connection.

Check back with us next week for a recap of the event and more information about our speakers!

If you’d like to join in the spirit of information sharing, scroll over the “share button” below and help your friends and family on social media become as TEDxFlourCity savvy as you are.

To those who will be in our audience this weekend: Congratulations, and we look forward to seeing you at TEDxFlourCity2014: Listen Closer!