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Jay Gupta speaks at the 2016 TEDxAmoskeagMillyard event




Full of ideas
TEDx talks come to Derry

05/31/18



 By Angie Sykeny 

asykeny@hippopress.com
 
A psychology professor, a digital security expert and a medical detective are among the speakers participating in the TEDxAmoskeagMillyard event happening Saturday, June 2, at the Stockbridge Theatre in Derry. 
Popularized on YouTube under the slogan “ideas worth spreading,” TED is a brand of short, inspiring and enlightening talks covering a wide range of topics, from science and technology to cultural issues and self improvement. 
TEDx is a subsidiary of TED that refers to the local, independently organized talks that follow the TED format, held all over the world. TEDxAmoskeagMillyard was created in 2011 and is one of several New Hampshire-based TEDx initiatives. 
The theme for this year’s event is “It’s Complicated.” 
“We live in complicated times, so that [theme] covers a lot of ground,” lead organizer Eric Ratinoff said. “Whether it’s science, politics, health, psychology or any other topic that you run into, things can get complicated, and as much as we try to simplify them, it’s much easier to find yourself in a gray area.” 
The event will consist of 10 live talks, screenings of three recorded official TED talks (a requisite for TEDx events), a couple live musical performances, and breaks for breakfast and lunch (a light breakfast and box lunch will be provided). 
TED challenges speakers to deliver their talks in 18 minutes or less, often forcing them to get creative with how they communicate their message. 
“You’re talking to a general audience, so you can’t assume that they have expertise in that subject, but you’re on a time limit, so you don’t have all day to explain it,” Ratinoff said. “You have to give a talk that’s inviting but also compelling so that the audience is able to absorb the idea within that time.” 
Anyone is eligible to be a TEDx speaker, though they must be nominated through the open nomination process. Nominees may then decide to take the next step and submit an application. A selection team reviews all of the applications and chooses speakers for the event. This year, Ratinoff estimates that more than 60 people were nominated and around 40 of them applied. 
The talk topics are not revealed until the event, but Ratinoff said everyone is sure to hear one or more talks that resonate with them. 
“You never know which talk is going to blow you away. The one that you least expect could be the one that inspires you or moves you or changes your way of thinking,” he said. “That’s the magic of being exposed to all these different ideas in the course of a single day.” 
If you can’t make it to the event, you can still watch the talks online — all of them will be recorded, edited and uploaded to the TEDx Talks YouTube channel following the event — but Ratinoff said it pales in comparison to experiencing them live. 
“When you’re there in that moment, engaging with the ideas as they’re being shared, surrounded by other people who are engaging with those ideas, it’s just a different feeling from watching it on your computer,” he said. “If you’re a fan of TED talks online but have never seen them in person, this is something you don’t want to miss.”  





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