TEDx thinker’s conference Friday at FAU
TED, the popular thinker’s conference where people hear an idea worth spreading from various speakers, has a new satellite event in Boca Raton.
On Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 23 local and national out-of-the-box thought provokers will introduce 10-minute talks or demonstrations to inspire others and spark conversation at TEDxBocaRaton at Florida Atlantic University.
One of those presenters is Sam Zietz, founder and CEO of TouchSuite, a Boca Raton-based company that makes high-tech point-of-sale products. He will do his presentation on what he calls “Entrepreneurial Evolution,” how failing isn’t necessarily a bad thing and can lead to success.
Zietz, who has seen other TedX events on video, wanted to attend one in person.
“The topics are cutting edge. They are stimulating. You can sit there and in an hour, see half a dozen people talking about diverse topics. It’s not the same information being repackaged,” he said.
Last year, TEDx — the satellite version from the TED mothership in California — debuted in Delray Beachfeaturing presenters ranging from an opera singer to a life coach. The goal: inspire others through their message and research.
The success of that TEDx led to other events in Delray and now Boca.
The local events have been organized by Becky Woodbridge, a Boca Raton resident and passionate follower of TED (Technology Entertainment Design) conferences in California.
For those unfamiliar with TED, it’s a nonprofit group whose motto is “Ideas Worth Sharing.” Through its conferences, the group brings speakers from various backgrounds together to share a unique message or an idea about personal growth and development. The conferences — which started in 1984 — have since expanded to TED Talks videos as well as the smaller and more local TEDx talk series.