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TEDxGrandRapids calls on students and educators

February 6, 2015
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TEDxGrandRapids calls on students and educators
The TEDxGrandRapids NEXT event will feature students and educators on stage sharing big ideas or great stories. Courtesy TEDxGrandRapids

In the last five years, TEDxGrandRapids has produced 63 talks for 3,100 audience members.

In 2015, the independent TED event is planning to expand those numbers through a new educational initiative.

At its launch party this week at the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids, TEDxGrandRapids said that it's introducing TEDxGrandRapids NEXT event, which will feature local students and educators on stage sharing big ideas or great stories.

“In 2012, we created TEDxGrandRapids Livestream for Education to give students, educators and administrators a chance to experience TEDxGrandRapids together in an off site, education-focused environment,” said Bill Holsinger-Robinson, the event’s lead organizer.

“TEDxGrandRapids Livestream for Education will transition into TEDxGrandRapids NEXT, featuring student speakers, as well as educators and business owners from around the world on stage for an evening of community innovation and collaboration.”

Dalin Clark, the organizer of TEDxGrandRapids NEXT, said that, “Bringing students and teachers to the TEDxGrandRapids conversation is an important part of our outreach and success.”

"TED talks can be viewed by people everywhere, and we hope to help our local students and educators bring their great ideas to the world,” Clark said. “Our goal is to bring students, educators and the people of West Michigan together to spark new ideas and big plans.”

TEDxGrandRapids NEXT will be held in October.

Applications for student and educator speakers will run from Feb. 9-April 10.

Any student or educator who “has a big idea and a great story” is invited to apply to become a speaker.

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