Innovative ideas often begin on a small, local scale, such as that of Northwest Indiana. Next week, several innovators local and otherwise will be gathering in the Region to share their visions and ideas.
TEDxCountyLineRoad is set to take place on November 12 at Hobart’s County Line Orchard.
The popular TED conference series lends its name to many local TEDx conferences all over. However, TEDx events are completely independently organized by members of that community, who then reach out to the company for the TED branding.
Several individuals in the Region came together to do just that in 2014, putting together the first TEDxCountyLineRoad. Among the original curators is Jason Topp, a Northwest Indiana native currently residing in St. John, and a member of the event’s speakers committee.
“It’s been one of the most exciting things I’ve been a part of,” Topp said. “It’s inspiring to see driven people laying aside their own ambitions to work as part of a team and bring something really special to the area. It’s great group of people who have grown to become friends.”
The second TEDxCountyLineRoad will feature six speakers, one more than its inaugural event last year. The theme of the conference will be “A Revolution of Sorts.” The gist of the theme is thinking outside the box and taking a new, or revolutionary, approach to one’s field.
“Each speaker is going to be related to a revolutionary idea or talk about a revolution,” Topp said.
The six speakers cover several different fields, such as business, media, charity, and the arts. Most are from within the state of Indiana, although the organizers managed to secure a speaker who does TED events on a national circuit in Lloyd Reeb, a North Carolina former-real estate developer-turned-author and lecturer.
Finding speakers who covered relevant and useful topics, under the event's umbrella of revolution, took quite a thorough search, according to Topp.
“It’s a pretty long process, identifying and making sure we get some talented speakers for the day,” he said. “We’ve been working on that for pretty much the whole year.”
Topp and his fellow organizers saw the inaugural TEDxCountyLineRoad last year as a success. Their aim with this year’s sophomore outing isn’t just to repeat themselves, but to establish the conference as a yearly event.
“We were definitely delighted by the success last year,” Topp said. “I think the end result was something great for the region, something we’d like to do again and continue to do.”
Tickets for TEDxCountyLineRoad are available for $75. The event will begin at Noon Central Time on Nov. 12.