First TEDxIowaCity Event to be held in November

Coming November 11 to Iowa City is TEDxIowaCity, an independently organized event licensed by TED. The event, held at Hotel Vetro, is centered on the motto, “Ideas worth spreading,” and will start at 9 a.m. Doors will open at 8 a.m. for a light breakfast before presentations begin. The day-long event will include 14 speakers, four performers, and several TEDTalk videos to entertain and educate attendees.

Speakers include Paul Gilding, author of The Great Disruption; Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities, Dr. Terry Wahls, clinical professor of Internal Medicine at UI Hospitals and Clinics and Stephen Carr of Terra Manus Technologies. For an updated list of presenters, visit

"A TED event is like a mental massage," says Cliff Missen, director of the WiderNet Project and 2007 TED Fellow. "TED is the premier place to hear and understand new ideas."

Open to the public, the event costs $100 per person. This includes free parking, day-long discussions, food, entertainment, and an evening social.
"Speakers will make you think--make you laugh," Missen said. "There is no better way to spend a day."

For more information about TEDxIowaCity, visit or For regular event updates, follow @tedxiowacity on Twitter.

About TEDx, where x= independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x= independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

A limited number of tickets for the local TEDxIowaCity are now available. Attendees’ $100 ticket will include free parking, day long discussions, food, entertainment, and an evening party. By bringing the TED program to The Corridor area, our goal is to display to a global audience the inspiring ideas that come out of our community, as well as bring in speakers from all over the world, to inspire cooperatively, and redefine our expectations. Mark concludes "Our hope is that hosting this event helps draw attention to this area as having an international culture of innovation".