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TEDxAkron talks will focus on "The UneXpected"

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TEDxAkron Talks Will Focus on “The UnXpected”

Akron, Ohio (September 27, 2012) – TEDxAkron will hold its 2nd annual event on Friday, October 26, 2012, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, at the Student Union Theater at the University of Akron. Doors open at 8:00 AM and there will be an after event party at 3 Point immediately following the conclusion of the last speaker.

The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature several talks on the topic of the unXpected. Speakers include:

Dominique Moceanu, 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist

Ted Senf, President, Global Trainer, Allstate

Dr. Katherine Rawson, Associate Professor of Psychology at Kent State University

Kristie VanAuken, Senior Vice President, Akron Canton Airport

Hal Walker, Musician

Lynn Budnick, Executive Director, ACCESS, Inc.

TEDTalks have become famous for sparking new ideas and problem-solving discussions. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED created a program called TEDx. TEDx events combine TEDTalks and live speakers to spark deep conversation.

Tickets are $50; a limited number are available at Scholarships are available for students, non-profits, and individuals in job transition. You can also follow TEDxAkron on Twitter ( or Facebook (, or join our group on LinkedIn.

About TEDx, 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 video 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.

For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit

Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at

For more information on TEDxAkron, please contact Sam Falletta, (330) 649-8000 or



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