10-4-13 6:11 PM EDT | Email Article

TEDxExpressionCollege, an independently organized TEDx event, will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at the Ex’pression College campus in Emeryville. The theme, Interactivity and Innovation, will explore how fresh and inventive perspectives can lead to positive change and meaningful interactions within our community and environment. The event runs from 1:00PM-5:30PM, followed by a mixer.

“As an educational institution, our academic programs are fueled by innovation, creativity, and interactivity and these speakers represent all of these elements,” commented Ex’pression College Chief Executive Officer Dan Levinson. “We encourage our students to use their talents to promote positive growth and change within the communities we serve – these speakers have done just that by thinking outside of the box, driven by their passion and commitment. Everyone can be inspired by this truly unique group of speakers.”

Eleven speakers will present at TEDxExpressionCollege and represent a variety of different industries such as music, filmmaking, and farming. TEDxExpressionCollege speakers and their topics include:

  • Jaimeo Brown, Composer, Drummer, Jazz Ambassador | What Will the Year 2113 Sound Like?
  • Ann Dyer, Director of the Vak Project | Song of Self
  • Rafael Flores, Activist, Filmmaker | 16 Rounds or 24 Frames?: The Youth Media Revolution
  • Tomâś Jech, Animator | Insecurity Kills Innovation
  • Alexis Koefoed, Farmer | The Dirt Beneath My Feet: How a Dream Became a Life as a Farmer
  • Spencer Nilsen, Co-Founder of Illumina Visual | Science and the Impact of Visual Storytelling
  • Tamara Perkins, Filmmaker and Trauma Counselor | Life After: Embracing our Common Humanity
  • Karen Stackpoke, Audio Engineer, Educator | Encounter with Gongs: An Expansive Experience
  • Roy Tuscany, Entrepreneur | Positive Chaos: A Way to Transform Your Memories
  • Matthias Wagner, Entrepreneur | Be a Hacker
  • Lee Mun Wah, Documentary Filmmaker | The Secret to Changing the World

Tickets to TEDxExpressionCollege are $40 and $20 for Ex’pression College alumni. In addition to the speakers, there will also be musical performances and a mixer following the event, which is an opportunity for guests and speakers to further interact, connect and engage in discussions. Ex’pression is located at 6601 Shellmound Street in Emeryville, CA, just off of the 80 Freeway. The event starts at 1PM. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.tedxexpressioncollege.com

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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED

For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration

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