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June 5, 2014

TedX changes date

By Timothy Simko

The date of TEDxClevelandStateUniversity, which was originally scheduled to take place on Oct. 3, has been moved to Oct. 24.

“The dates for TEDxClevelandStateU were changed from October 3 to October 24 in part due to the Yom Kippur holiday, which begins at sundown on October 3 this year,” said Heather Schlosser, the marketing communications manager for the college of business. “We did this to allow for Cleveland State University students, faculty and staff of the Jewish faith to be able to participate in not just the TEDxClevelandStateU Talks, but also to participate in the evening’s events.”

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit organization Sapling Foundation. They address a wide range of topics through the use of storytelling. Speakers at these conferences are typically given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas and engage their audience.

TEDx is a localized event that will bring students together to share a TED-like experience, where x = independently organized TED event. This upcoming event, which is being presented by the college of business, allows students the opportunity to become speakers for TED.

The working name of the upcoming event is TEDxClevelandStateUniversity, but internally it has been abbreviated to TEDxClevelandStateU.

According to Schlosser, planning for the event is going well. The application deadline to be a speaker at the event was on Friday, May 30th, and the amount of applications exceeded expectations. A speaker selection committee will be meeting over the next few weeks to finalize the speakers, which will be announced at a launch party on August 26th.

“The response from the CSU community and the community here in greater Cleveland has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Schlosser.

Those who wish to volunteer or to participate in the event should contact the following committee members:
Volunteers: Victoria Avi, v.avi@csuohio.edu
Marketing: Heather Schlosser h.schlosser85@csuohio.edu
Production: Meg Salkin, m.a.salkin@csuohio.edu
Content: Nate Ward, n.t.ward54@csuohio.edu