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TEDx Traverse City

NMC is proud to host TEDx Traverse City, an independently organized TED event, at the Dennos Museum Center. As an institution of higher learning, NMC's mission, vision, values and strategic directions align well with the TED organization's mission to promote "ideas worth spreading."

In 2011, a full house attended the first TEDx Traverse City. Rave reviews followed. NMC students Ashley Flees and Travis Miller were among the presenters for the inaugural event. The 2012 event sold out in hours and NMC students Nargilya Gasanova and Anjanette Merriweather were two of the showcased speakers for the day.

The third annual TEDx Traverse City sold out even faster than the second, and took place Wednesday, May 15, 2013. And for the first time in TEDx history, the event was simulcast for free at the State Theatre in downtown Traverse City, allowing hundreds more to take part. 

The fourth annual TEDx Traverse City will be held Wednesday, May 14, 2014, with the theme Game Changers: Designing Tomorrow. Tickets for the event go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, and are expected to sell out quickly. Tickets for the live venue at The Dennos Museum Center's Milliken Auditorium are $99 and include lunch and snacks throughout the day. The State Theatre will again host a free live simulcast of the event. These tickets will be free but do need to be ordered at the event website (TEDxTraverseCity.com).

Information on speakers and performers at the May 14 TEDx Traverse City event is available at TEDxTraverseCity.com.

New this year! In the spirit of local “Ideas Worth Spreading,” TEDx Traverse City launched a series of informal mini-talks, called Salons, focused on local issues and featuring local speakers leading up to the big yearly event in May. The three-part series was hosted at the InsideOut Gallery in January, February and March. The February Salon event featured former international diplomats Jack Segal and Karen Puschel describing their first-hand experience living and working in Russian politics. The Salon also focused on the United States’ relationship with Russia and the politics of the winter games in Sochi.

TEDx Traverse City is supported by FIM Group and Northwestern Michigan College to bring together the most innovative and inspiring minds. We honor innovators who have passion, curiosity, creativity and adaptability to change the world with revolutionary ideas.

View videos from previous TEDx Traverse City Talks »