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TEDxAkron is Back in 2019 with New Leadership!

Under new leadership from co-organizers, Kenyona "Sunny" Matthews, Alexis “Xposyur” Boyd, and Ben Bisbee, TEDxAkron is re-launching as the continued premier independently organized TED event to sustain it’s legacy and dynamically grow it’s idea-centered experience for greater Akron and surrounding communities.

Thrilled to be the new leaders of TEDxAkron, Sunny was one of the premier speakers at the 2018 TEDxAkron and Ben has been a long-time supporter of TED and TEDx speakers and events. Sunny and Ben are excited to continue the great work of the outgoing leadership team and work to dynamically grow TEDxAkron’s events, impact, speakers, partnerships and outreach within the wider Akron community.

“Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen…” - Brene Brown


New Initiatives for 2019/2020:

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TED Overview

TEDx expands TED beyond its annual conference by seeding smaller, independent events throughout the nation, called TEDx. TEDxAkron emulates the spirit and ideals of the TED Conference. You can see some of the game changing TEDtalks on TED.com.

What started as an annual event has bloomed into a global movement.

What Is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxAkron, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxAkron event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

About TEDxAkron

At TEDxAkron, TEDTalks videos and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. TED provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including TEDxAkron, are self-organized.

TEDxAkron was organized in an effort to bring members of the Akron community together to discuss issues that impact the community and bring a positive change to the world beginning in Akron, Ohio.  TEDxAkron 2011 was Akron’s first official TEDx Event.