TEDxFIU announces speakers for 2015

This year at TEDxFIU, eight talks will inspire the audience to always move forward – innovating and giving.

The annual event now in its fourth year is celebrating FIU’s 50 anniversary, showcasing some of the university’s brightest minds who are lighting the way to a better future.

At the Wertheim Performing Arts Center on Nov. 5, the audience will learn how nanotechnology is being used to help treat ovarian cancer; how music is reaching autistic children; how forensic chemistry will help investigators trace counterfeit money; and how an FIU doctor is on the frontline of the fight against Ebola.

TEDxFIU 2015 speakersThe speakers are:

  • Hip Hop artist Reggie Baril
  • Sea level rise expert Todd Crowl
  • Children’s advocate Nelson Hincapie
  • Forensic chemist Rhett Williamson
  • Autism philanthropist Patricia Kayser
  • Ebola fighter Dr. Aileen Marty
  • Ovarian cancer researchers Dr. Carolyn Runowicz and Sakhrat Khizroev
  • 60 Minutes of Art founder Jonathan Wynn-Strachan

To read more about these TEDxFIU speakers, click here.

Last year, TEDxFIU sold out within minutes of tickets going on sale. Organizers started planning earlier this year to accommodate interest from speakers, receiving more than 100 applications.

Talks are posted on the official TEDx youtube channel after the event. “Our talks have received more than half a million views,” says Eduardo Merille, TEDxFIU organizer. “It’s been a remarkable opportunity for our students, faculty and alumni to share their ‘one great idea’ with the global community.”

2015 ticket information will be available in September on FIU News and TEDxFIU.com. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the event begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. Attendees can meet and mingle with speakers after the event at a catered reception.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, was created in order to share ideas, increase understanding and participate in a global conversation. This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED. To learn more about the TED organization, please visit TED.com as well as the TEDxFIU website. If you have any questions, please contact TEDxFIU organizer Eduardo Merille at emerille@fiu.edu.