TEDxUniversityofNevada call for speakers opens June 1

2019 event will return to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center

TEDxUniversityofNevada is looking for dynamic local speakers to give the talk of their lives.

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5/31/2018 | By: Nicole Shearer |

TEDxUniversityofNevada organizers have announced their seventh annual event will be Saturday, February 23, 2019, and the call for speakers will be open from June 1-July 6.

Over the years, TEDxUniversityofNevada has become one of the most prominent TEDx events in the nation with videos reaching more than a combined 25 million views. The event has also brought some of the most well-known business trailblazers, influential media personalities and incredible performers to Reno, while also starting a national dialogue and unveiling important issues in the community.

With its next event, organizers look forward to receiving a wide range of proposals and have expressed a desire to see more stand-out technology and design-focused talks.

"Our events have covered a wide range of topics," Bret Simmons, event curator and associate professor at the University's College of Business, said. "We tend to have a challenging time recruiting local speakers and speakers with a big idea about technology and design. While our programming committee is actively recruiting and seeking speakers on these topics, we would welcome some unsolicited proposals."

Last year, speakers like Catherine Cortez Masto, David Burkus, Orrin Johnson, and Mariana Atencio presented their ideas that showcased issues and topics that have impacted both the local community, as well as communities across the country and the world.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, which are elements organizers try to showcase at the event. The call for speakers can be found at the TEDxUniversityofNevada website. The Call for Speakers will open from June 1-24. People are encouraged to apply early.

Location, location, location

TEDxUniversityofNevada 2019 will return to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The venue, made possible with the strong support from the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority and the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, will offer event organizers the opportunity to try some things new next year.

"Since bringing the event out into the community, we haven't returned to the same venue, which will make this the first year we can capitalize on what we learned within a single space," Simmons said. "People can expect to see some additional food offerings as well as some enhanced seating arrangements."

Presenting sponsors of TEDxUniversityofNevada include the University's College of Business Online Executive MBA program, the Associated Students of the University of Nevada, the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority and the University of Nevada, Reno. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available for this year's event. For more information, contact Bret Simmons at simmonsb@unr.edu.

All TEDxUniversityofNevada talks will be posted to the TEDx YouTube site.

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