Educator, student applications open to speak at TEDxGrandRapids NEXT

Educator, student applications open to speak at TEDxGrandRapids NEXT

A special message from TEDxGrandRapids NEXT


This is an exciting opportunity in which to involve your students this fall. Please share within your networks!


Founded in 2010, and now one of the most successful TEDx events, TEDxGrandRapids is an independently organized event by a group of Grand Rapidians who believe in the power of ideas to change the world. Our goal is to be a catalyst for change – bringing thinkers and doers in our community together to have meaningful conversations that lead to positive change. And, once a year, we host more than 750 people at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre for a day of connection and big ideas from speakers from across the world.

TEDx events, like TEDxGrandRapids, are planned and coordinated independently, under a free license granted by TED – a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).

We’d invite you to apply to attend our fifth annual TEDxGrandRapids event, held on May 7, 2015. We bring speakers from across the nation – and the world – to our community to spark connections, conversation and change. Applications are open now until Feb. 28, and you can find more information at

In 2012, we set out to create a special event for educators, administrators and students to experience TEDxGrandRapids, known as TEDxGrandRapids Livestream for Education. Since then, we’ve served more than 3,000 students, educators and administrators across more than 50 school districts. And, we’ve helped interested groups launch their own Livestream events from Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo to Detroit.

This year, we are excited to announce TEDxGrandRapids NEXT, an evolution from our livestream event, which will feature local student speakers, as well as educators and business owners from around the world on stage for an evening of innovation and collaboration focused on education.


Apply to speak at TEDxGrandRapids NEXT:

We invite any student or educator who has a big idea and a great story to apply to speak. We are looking for stories that inspire others to think differently, provide innovative solutions to local – or global – problems, or challenge the audience to think differently about a topic or idea. Applications open Feb. 9, 2015 and close April 10, 2015. You will find more information and the link to apply at

Please forward this information to educators in your district so they can share this with their students. To keep updated on TEDxGrandRapids NEXT, the speaker application process and tips on applying, subscribe to our email newsletter.


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