TEDxLA Incites Change Through Thought-Provoking Conference and City Wide Experiments

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Influential Event Brings Ideas To Life Through Engaging Lineup of Activities, Luminaries, Disruptors and Leaders

With a little over 3 weeks until the highly anticipated conference, TEDxLA continues to make exciting announcements regarding what’s to come for the December 3rd event happening at the iconic Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The impressive lineup of thought leaders continues to grow with influential names added to the list. Speakers such as the famous School 42 and Iliad Founder Xavier Niel, Paul Mitchell founder John Paul Dejoria, and first female Space Astronaut Anousheh Ansari will cover topics from democracy renewal, virtual reality, artificial and augmented intelligence, food equality, gender balance and diversity empowerment to education revolution.

To further encourage TEDxers to bring these groundbreaking ideas to life and incite action before the headlining event, TEDxLA will be holding a weeklong celebration of action-provoking ideas imagined by local inventors, charitable thought-leaders and the environmentally-conscious as a precursor to the December 3rd conference. Beginning on November 28th, ticketholders are invited to “Imagine Week” to participate in social City Experiments designed to put the audience in the driver’s seat as they navigate through current issues with imaginative, interactive solutions. In addition to celebrating “Imagine Week”, attendees are also invited to experience Brain Dates during the conference for a chance to connect with others eager to learn and spread new ideas at the event. This new intellectual match-making platform allows TEDxers to set up peer-learning dates to share and build their knowledge with like-minded individuals.

“While developing the program for TEDxLA’s ‘Imagine’-themed conference, we decided to push things one step further and initiate a way for our audience to put a variety of ideas into action to create viable solutions for some of Los Angeles’ important issues,” said TEDxLA Organizer and Curator Amir Banifatemi. “Each City Experiment is just that: an experiment. Whether the results will be successes or opportunities for improvement remains to be seen, and this makes us very excited for the results. Through TEDxLA, we want to continue to provide attendees with additional ways to share and cultivate ideas that not only create a change in the local community but also spark a global movement.”

Tickets are currently available on Ticketmaster for $250. Student discounts are available with the promo code “studytedx” and valid Student ID will be required at check-in on December 3rd. For the most up-to-date roster of TEDxLA speakers, please visit http://www.tedx.la/speakers-2016. For more information about the Imagine Week schedule, the City Experiments and to get involved, visit imagine.tedx.la. Additional details about TEDxLA can be found by visiting http://www.tedx.la.

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About TEDxLA, 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 TEDxLA, live speakers will spark deep discussion and connection. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

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