TedxCharleston 2015 Announces Call for Speakers

TEDxCharleston is calling speakers and performers to apply for their spring 2015 gathering, themed Embrace Chaos. The call’s deadline is October 14, 2014, and this year’s topic celebrates our inherently chaotic communities, and how specific challenges, be they personal, professional or communal, can be used to spur change. If you have overcome chaos with forward, creative thinking, TEDxCharleston is waiting to hear from you.

TED—standing for technology, entertainment and design—delivers significant content for change based on their motto, Ideas worth spreading. The growth of Silicon Harbor is a prime example of embracing chaos as it has a “significant impact not only locally but nationally and globally. It’s those ideas and a call to the community to take inspired action that we want to bring to the stage,” said Kerri Forrest, the TEDxCharleston Speaker Coordinator. As one of the fastest growing industries in Charleston, influencers across interest groups are working beyond formal business hours to embrace the chaos of this opportunity for growth.

Last year Charleston tech leader Andrew Roskill, Founder and CEO of BiblioBoard, spoke about his company’s work keeping libraries relevant in the digital age. “Libraries play an important role in our society and that role can’t go away if we want to continue to be a progressive society,” Roskill said. The cumbersome online platforms that now exist are driving people right back to commercial companies, where the knowledge isn’t free. Their software-as-service library platform, Biblioboard, affords libraries a simple, engaging, and versatile means to create a desirable online experience for patrons, and keep their service alive in their communities.

BiblioBoard is making the change TEDxCharleston wants to share with Charleston, and the rest of the TED community. You’d be hard-pressed to think of an industry in Charleston that isn’t working to keep up with this booming city, and the chaos that ensues. TED knows that throughout the shuffle of bodies, brains, and relationships, there are great ideas, and stories to tell. “We want the best stories that Charleston has to offer,” Forrest said, be they personal or professional.

TEDxCharleston is looking for people to share stories where chaos transformed into something good; “That are not just perfect for our local audience, but really resonate on a broader stage,” Forrest said. Last year’s theme was Ripple Effect, and two of the TEDxCharleston talks were picked up by the TED newsletter, which is globally circulated to TED followers and participants.

If you’ve seen a TED Talk, you know they are never boring. Participating as a speaker, or even an attendant, at the day-long event is worthwhile. The speaker experience is an educational experience with three months of public speaking coaching. Speakers are expected to devote five hours a week to their presentation, and are paired with coaches who help you turn your great idea into the conversational, inspiring presentation that TED Talks promise. Whether you’ve embraced chaos personally or professionally, the TEDxCharleston team wants to hear your story, and help you share it with the world.

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