TEDxBirmingham Announces Speakers for 2017 Annual Conference

Wide range of topics and speakers, focused on the theme “POSSIBILITY”

Birmingham, AL, December 20, 2016 --(PR.com)-- TEDxBirmingham, an independently organized event that brings people together to share a TED-like experience, is pleased to announce the speaker lineup for its 2017 annual TEDxBirmingham conference, to be held on Saturday, March 25 at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center (1200 10th Ave South Birmingham, AL 35205).

TEDxBirmingham 2017 will feature over a dozen speakers and performers from the greater Birmingham area who dare to look beyond the ordinary and accomplish extraordinary goals. The 2017 speaker lineup will include:

• Lara Avsar, Social Entrepreneur
• Elizabeth Bevan, Marine Biologist
• Deidre Clark, Social Entrepreneur
• Maacah Davis, Fashion Publisher
• Dunya Habash, Refugee Advocate
• Jayme Locke, Transplant Surgeon
• Julian Maha, Nonprofit Founder & Physician
• Brian Reaves, Illusionist
• Mike Saag, Physician & Global Health Researcher
• Randall Woodfin, Education Advocate
• Anne Wright, Social Justice Advocate
• Will Wright, Healthcare & Social Entrepreneur

Each speaker will share a big idea in short TEDx talks of 18 minutes or less, and will explore how he or she has challenged the status quo to look for new and better ways to impact the city of Birmingham.

“We’re proud to continue to pursue TEDxBirmingham’s mission to be a platform for change, giving leaders within our community a forum to spread great ideas and spark the conversations and innovations that will lead to a better Birmingham,” said Matt Hamilton, co-founder of TEDxBirmingham. “We’ve grown from an intimate 100-person event to welcoming more than 700 guests to attend this year, which is a testament to the desire within the metro area to connect and share powerful ideas with each other - and the world.”

The TEDxBirmingham experience will extend well beyond the audience by streaming the program live online, which allows people around the globe to be part of the event virtually.

Anyone interested being a part of TEDxBirmingham 2017 can get more information from www.TEDxBirmingham.org. Information is also available by following @TEDxBirmingham on Twitter.

About TEDxBirmingham
TEDxBirmingham is loosely themed, and speakers - none of whom are paid - are curated from various backgrounds. The program also features artistic performers as well food and beverages provided by local vendors. Attending TEDxBirmingham requires applying for an invitation. The audience is carefully curated, representing a cross-disciplinary mix of attendees ranging from civic and business leaders to professionals, educators, technologists, and artists.

TEDxBirmingham – like all TEDx events – is an independent, volunteer effort operated under license from TED. It is not organized for political reasons, monetary reward, or personal gain. Everyone associated with TEDxBirmingham does so because they believe in the power of ideas to change the world.

TEDxBirmingham is supported by sponsors, who provide both in-kind contribution of their services or products, or cash contributions. TEDxBirmingham is organized under the fiscal sponsorship of the Innovation Depot, which is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Follow TEDxBirmingham on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDxBirmingham, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TEDxBirmingham or Instagram at https://instagram.com/tedxbirmingham.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) http://www.ted.com/tedx

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
Mandi Coker