Laura Lee Bocade, one of the organizers behind this year’s TEDxSavannah showcase will tell you the event will “feed your soul and your business self.”
“We weave together this dynamite program intertwined with speakers and TED Talk videos along with breaks so you can be inspired, meet people and talk about what you just heard or chat with the speakers,” she said. “At the end of the day, there is this wonderful tapestry of stories, people, viewpoints and our community.”
The 10th annual TEDxSavannah event takes place June 14 the Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the day includes continental breakfast, snacks, lunch and the TEDxSavannah after-party with cake and ice cream that will wrap up around 6:30 p.m.
This year’s theme is “Southern Moment.um,” and Bocade explained that a lot of thought and discussion goes into finding the theme each year.
She said they like for the theme to be vague.
“There’s an element to the title that makes people ask, ‘what does that mean?’” she explained. “We want our speakers to have the freedom to interpret their own meaning and show us their unique perspective.”
Bocade said the call for speakers brought in a very eclectic group this year.
“We have 19 speakers this year,” she continued. “We were blown away when we did the call for speakers. We ended up with 25 finalists that brought in their pitch and we were stunned with the interpretation and the range of topics, backgrounds, ages. It’s really a phenomenal group.”
The full list of speakers and their topics and backgrounds can be found online at tedxsavannah.com.
For those not familiar with the TEDx events, these sessions are organized by curious individuals who seek to discover ideas and spark conversations in their own community, according to their website.
TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” The mission of the TEDxSavannah group is to stimulate dialogue through engaging talks and session breaks designed to give individuals and organizations in Savannah a platform to meet, share ideas and collaborate.
Bocade added that the conversations become so immersive that most people do not want to leave once the day has ended.
“You’ll see people find out the day is over and they just aren’t ready to stop the conversation,” she said. “It’s really inspiring.”