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February 27, 2014

CSU to host first TEDx conference in fall

By Joshua Hoover

On October 3, 2014 the Monte Ajuha College of Business at Cleveland State University will host TEDxClevelandStateUniversity.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design is owned by the Sapling Foundation, non-profit organization, and is dedicated to ideas worth spreading. The first TED conference began in 1984, and the event became an annual affair in 1990.

TEDx is an independently organized event that follows the ideals of the TED program. These smaller events allow the ideals to reach more people, and allow communities to share their own ideas between each other.

Collette Hart, the director of business outreach for the College of Business, is one of the people responsible for getting the license that allows Cleveland State the opportunity to host a conference.

“We want to showcase what’s happening here on campus, and showcase the engaged learning process,” Hart said.

Hart explained that the process of getting a license is intense, even requiring herself and another staff member to travel to Whistler, Ontario, Canada to attend the TEDActive conference in order to get a higher level license.

The event, which will be open to the Cleveland community for a small fee, will feature several speakers. These speakers, who must go through a full application process, will showcase a diverse mix of what is happening in the Cleveland area. The college of business is hoping to make this an annual event.

“We want to tell the story of Northeast Ohio,” Hart said, explaining the change from big businesses down to small and medium sized ones, with a focus on entrepreneurs.

In addition to the speakers, the event will also feature art, poetry and music from Cleveland State.

Hart said that the event is open to everyone, and that there is not really any targeted group of students that should make sure to come.

There have been no speakers officially confirmed yet, and the theme of the event has not yet been decided. There will be a launch party when these decisions have been made.
For more information, and to order tickets to the event when they are made available, go to tedxclevelandstateuniversity.com.