BOZEMAN – After reviewing submissions of more than 60 applicants, the TEDxBozeman team narrowed down their selections to 16 speakers and presenters to be featured on Friday, March 27 at The Commons in Bozeman.
“In the TED spirit of ‘ideas worth spreading,’ we search for proven and groundbreaking concepts that apply to people’s lives, communities, and the world,” said Maddie Cebuhar, TEDxBozeman’s Speaker Coordinator. TEDxBozeman provides a platform for a diverse collection of individuals, all of whom share some sort of tie to the state of Montana.
With the goal of balancing topics from inspirational to educational, the selection committee created a lineup that promises to appeal to an audience with diverse backgrounds and interests. The scope of presenters to be featured include solar physicist Angela Des Jardins, aerial photographer Chris Boyer, 2014 Montana Teacher of the Year Anna Baldwin, and industrial designer Bill Clem, among others.
Several speakers at this year’s event have broad notoriety, including Heather McPhie, a gymnast turned freestyle mogul skier and Olympian; Doug Peacock, an author and naturalist who inspired the character George Hayduke in Edward Abbey’s “The Monkey Wrench Gang”; and Christian Takes Gun Parrish, or “Supaman,” a Native American hip-hop artist whose unique music has gained national media attention from MTV to NPR.
TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. A nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading, TED started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago and has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, which stands for “Technology, Entertainment, Design,” the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.
Visit tedxbozeman.com for full biographies and the complete lineup of presenters along with general information about this year’s event.