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TEDxColumbus is tackling STEAM this year. For our 6th annual event on November 7, 2014 (noon-6pm) at the Capitol Theatre at the Riffe Center, speakers and performers will be invited to tease out the spokes of STEAM: education, energy, food, and emotion as fuel for creativity and innovation. As is tradition, speakers and performers will present inspiring, mind-grabbing, and sometimes heart-tugging talks and performances around these themes in 18 minutes or less.

“We’ve been blessed with a passionate collection of curious learners that has taken TEDxColumbus from a modest gathering of conversation seekers to a highly anticipated and celebrated event for our community,” said Ruth Milligan, Founder and Co-Organizer, TEDxColumbus. “The impact of giving a TEDx talk is indeed powerful for that individual, but the collective experience from 900 attendees hearing the ideas together from local thinkers, researchers, designers and creators has unparalleled ripple effects throughout our community.”

TEDxColumbus will return to a half-day event of speakers and performers on the stage, while curating optional “TEDxColumbus Experiences” for the participants in the morning. Details will be announced this summer, but they expect to include a tech-adventure, community service project and live-art installation.

“What happens off the stage is as important as on,” said Milligan. “Our desire is to enhance the shared experiential moments. What could be better than taking some of our collective, creative, innovative steam into the community?”

 Speaker nominations are now open until June 1; details and the nomination form can be found here. The best ideas will play on the theme, not repeat ideas presented in past events, and bring deep passion and experience / data to make a strong talk.

An open call for speakers will be held on June 3 at MindMarket at CCAD from 7pm-9pm. Prospective speakers and performers will be given three minutes to make their pitch to a panel of judges. No pre-registration is required. Additional details can be found here. 

Also new this year will be a WOSU TV special on TEDxColumbus set to air June 25 at 10pm.  WOSU TV viewers will be able to watch in this hour special four talks from the 2013 TEDxColumbus stage: Gabrielle Burton on gender fluidity; Dax Blake on smells in the city; Mohamed Ali, on entrepreneurship as a strategy for peace in Somalia; and Austin Channel, on how taking choir prevented him from being a valedictorian at his high school. The ability to broadcast talks is new to TEDxColumbus and is a result of a new license allowed only to a highly-vetted group of experienced TEDx organizers.

“We are constantly inspired by the provocative ideas of those in the Columbus community, which is why we are so excited to partner with TEDxColumbus, to further illuminate them through this local special,” said Tom Rieland, General Manager, WOSU Public Media. “This show was a natural extension of our growing local relationship with TEDxColumbus to create more conversation and dialogue across the community.” 89.7 FM NPR News also airs the national broadcast of The TED Radio Hour every Saturday at 3pm.

TEDxColumbus was founded in 2009, since organized by Ruth Milligan and Nancy Kramer, and is one of longest-continuously running TEDx programs in the world. The TEDx program was founded by TED, the worldwide conference where riveting and provocative ideas are shared, and features over 30,000 talks from 10,000 events in 150 languages and 800 cities.  TEDxColumbus has featured over 100 local speakers and performers to date; all of their videos can be found at


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Summary Event Details:

TEDxColumbus 2014: STEAM

November 7, 2014

Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center (77 South High St)

Noon – 6pm


New this year!

TEDxColumbus Experiences

Adventures, service projects and more

Locations to be announced

9am – noon