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TEDx Bend announces 2019 speakers


TEDx Bend Early Bird Tickets are available this Thursday starting at 8 a.m. on and at This year’s eighth annual event happens on Saturday March 30, at Bend Senior High School from 12:30-6:30 p.m.. Early Bird pricing lasts until Feb.1, and early bird seats are their lowest of the season:

Premium Seats (best in the house) $69

General Admission $43

Student $28

Young Professionals Discount 10% any seat

After February 1 Prices will increase to:

Premium $80

General Admission $51

TEDx Bend is pleased to announce their 2019 lineup of speakers for this year’s event:

Montana-based Author and Professor Betsy Quammen will explore the underlying religious and spiritual beliefs of competing perspectives, including those of the Bundy family, on the use of public lands that led to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation.

The inventor of the hashtag, Chris Messina, will speak about artificial intelligence and how we create greater human connection–we’re at a critical crossroad for technology and it impacts everything about how we engage with each other.

Sustainability advocate and Hood River based co-founder of the Renewal Workshop Nicole Bassett will examine a circular rather than a linear approach to business in order to preserve our planet.

Record-breaking rower and explorer Fiann Paul (Iceland) will examine the dark side of the hero’s journey and the importance of the unconscious mind in why we do hard and sometimes extreme things!

Brooklyn based writer and lecturer Rachel Cargle will explore racism and the crucial ways we each can and must act that are anti-racist to respond to historical systems of oppression in our daily lives.

ASL fluent interpreters Lauren Tolo and Andrew Tolman will speak about interpreting, accessibility, and the true meaning of inclusion.

OSU Marketing Professor Amy Watson will address an exploration of symbiotic consumption and how every day we have an opportunity to make choices that can separate or connect us to one another.

Sisters, OR student and football loyalist Wyatt Hernandez will speak about his experience with the game he loves the most and his debilitating concussions, sharing ideas that could affect the future of American football in schools.

LA-based entrepreneur and creative innovator Viputheshwar Sitaraman understands and will speak to the power of AI and how it can be used to augment the creative process while also addressing it’s limitations.

Boston-based pioneering activist, speaker and writer Jean Kilbourne, who produced the world changing film Killing Us Softly , will offer a powerful, amusing, and disturbing visual journey through advertising and how it corrupts and exploits our need for connection in her talk, Jesus is a Brand of Jeans.

Miriah O’Dair, a Bend designer, will speak about her innovative concept (Address 180) for transitional housing in Central Oregon to support families between addresses who are experiencing a housing crisis without the traditional implications of negative labels and social exile.

Sparked by the celebrated TED conferences worldwide, TEDxBend is an independently organized TED event featuring talks and performances aimed to connect emergent ideas with people, and help to provoke change at an individual, local and global scale.

The 8th annual event will be held March 30, 2019 at Bend Senior High School from 12:30-6:30 pm and has invited 11 speakers to give a variety of inspirational talks each no longer than 18 minutes long. Attendants and participants will be able to purchase a ticketed exclusive add-on event (The Idea Social) after the event featuring drinks, appetizers, and interactives that will provide ample opportunities to examine and share your reactions ti the ideas shared from the stage.

More information on TEDx Bend and to purchase tickets visit:

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About TEDxBend

Sparked by the celebrated TED conferences worldwide, TEDxBend is our very own locally organized event featuring talks, demonstrations and performances under 18 minutes each. Each spring, local, national and international speakers and performers, inspire and engage from the stage at Bend High School (and are watchable around the world via live stream.) Now embarking on its 7th year, TEDxBend also hosts a monthly Salon series in between our bigger events to build community, which is both the engine and cornerstone of TEDx. TED and TEDxBend are 501(c)(3) nonprofits devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. We also offer TEDxBendWomen, TEDxBendYouth, and TED Salons.

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 speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, 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.

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