TEDxOrangeCoast – Innovation Without Borders – May 19th

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A lineup of more than 25 great thinkers, innovators and artists will challenge participants to look beyond obvious borders and dig deep into how culture, language, belief systems, poverty, prosperity, ignorance and countless other barriers stand in the way of innovation.

TEDxOrangeCoast, Innovation Without Borders, an independently organized version of the popular TED conference, will take place on Thursday May 19 at Segerstrom Concert Hall.

The goal of TEDxOrangeCoast is to create a platform for ongoing support of innovative ideas and to promote Orange County as a hub and springboard for all forms of innovation.

Interested attendees may apply for an invitation at http://www.TEDxOrangeCoast.com. Requests must be received no later than May 5. The ticket price is $95.

Speakers are currently being vetted and will be announced as they are confirmed. Innovators already scheduled to appear include:

Dondeena Bradley – PepsiCo, global food and nutrition advocate
Anne Marie Calhoun – Grammy nominated rock violinist
Jean DeKervasdoue, Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM), international health economist
Mohammed El-Erian, PIMCO, world finance advisor
John Jolliffe – Better U Foundation, psychologist, sustainability champion
Richard Matthew – Center for Unconventional Security Affairs, peacemaker
Harmon Parker – CNN Hero, bridge builder
Carl St. Clair – Pacific Symphony, conductor
Rick Warren – Saddleback Church, global strategist
Harry West – Continuum, global brand analyst

TEDxOrangeCoast is not-to-profit event and is being organized and produced by a team of volunteers who are committed to the vision of TED and who support TEDx, independently organized local events that promote great thinking and action. A limited number of sponsorships for TEDxOrangeCoast are available through Amir Banifatemi at sponsor(at)tedxorangecoast(dot)com. Follow TEDxOrangeCoast on Twitter and Facebook at TEDxOrangeCoast.

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 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, 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 organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows 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.

Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED.

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