TEDxNapaValley 2014 is going against the grain, embracing the unconventional For the third year, TEDxNapaValley will host another exciting idea-sharing conference bringing speakers from around the local area and the country to Napa Valley Scheduled for March 30, 2014 at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, the conference will feature a line-up of intellectual leaders, pioneers and innovators from all professions giving their unique perspective on “Going Against the Grain; Embracing the Unconventional.” The theme is designed to spark conversation and insightful debate about when and why we should ignore the status quo. Sometimes a venture into uncharted territory is fueled by a hardship that must be overcome. Other times, it’s driven by a vision—a conviction to take goals and dreams to the next level. A sell-out each previous year, tickets for the 2014 event are available at www.tedxnapavalley.org. Ticket holders for TEDxNapaValley’s event will be offered a suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances, a minimum to two pre-recorded talks from the acclaimed TED Talks video series, and a selection of world class Napa Valley food and wine. “TEDx events are about powerful and stimulating talks that spur thought and discussion, and ultimately action,” said co-curator Sandina Bailo. “We believe our theme will draw some interesting speakers for our event who have approached things differently. It is a wonderful opportunity to converse, meet neighbors, be entertained, educated, enthralled, moved, challenged, intimidated, humbled and most of all, inspired.” Speaker applications closed in early December, and the team plans to announce the speaker lineup this month. The last two, sold-out TEDxNapValley events have included talks by MTV Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Jason Rzepka, former U.S. Marine Corps military working dog handler Mike Dowling, noetic science expert Cassandra Vieten, sculptor 64 www.nAPAVA L L E Y L I F E magaz ine. c o m Tim Jahingen Mario Chiodo, Tim Jahingen (co-inventor of the One World Futbol), and Robert Romano, BookheadEd founder & CEO and creator of StudySync, among others. Last year the organization also held its first Student Speaker Competition in area schools, giving one student the opportunity to speak at the conference. The 2014 TEDxNapaValley Student Speaker Competition is underway. TEDx was created by the nonprofit organization TED, which began more than twenty-five years ago to bring together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Since then, TED’s scope has become ever broader, with a mission to leverage the power of good ideas and let them spread as widely and effectively as possible. As of October 2012, TED Talks had been viewed almost 1 billion times by people around the world. TEDx events are licensed by TED and are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. The goal of TEDx is to inspire a passion for spreading ideas in local communities from within. TEDx events generally have a theme, but it must be broad enough to encompass many different disciplines, specialties and branches of knowledge. To volunteer or find out more about sponsorship opportunities, contact email@example.com Like the conference on Facebook for updates, information and a list of upcoming appearances at www.facebook.com/TEDxNapaValley. Follow on Twitter at @TEDxNapaValley.
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