First TEDxOgden event aims inspire the community

Tuesday , June 13, 2017 - 3:50 PM

MATILYN MORTENSEN, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — The first TEDxOgden event Friday will host a variety of speakers from the producer of the Batman movies to local Ogden artists and entrepreneurs. 

Organized by Michael and Kseniya Lindenmayer of Ogden, event’s theme is “Untamed” and will feature 12 speakers and 9 performers. All of performers are local, as well as five of the speakers. The conference will be held the evening of Friday, June 16, at Peery's Egyptian Theatre.

The Lindenmayers were inspired to independently organize the event after Michael presented at two TED events, one in Costa Rica and one in Japan. 

TED, which stands for technology, entertainment and design, is a nonprofit organization. TED does not pay speakers, so different individuals volunteer to present on a variety of ideas at events throughout the world. The best of this content is made available online for free as TED Talks

Michael said the theme of the event is thinking outside of the box.

“It’s more about letting your mind be sufficiently untamed to think about the future so you can pull it closer,” Michael said.

Kseniya  shared similar thoughts. 

“TEDx is about ideas worth spreading,” Kseniya said. “So we want to bring inspiration. We want to bring ideas that help us grow as a community and look into the future of where we are going as a the local community.”

Kseniya said one of the speakers at TEDxOgden the public may find especially interesting is Michael Uslan, the producer of the Batman movies.

“Imagine how much that would cost if we had to pay for such a speaker,” Kseniya said. “But he is volunteering his time and talents to come and speak to us.”

Beyond allowing people to hear from higher profile speakers, the event also allows them to discover the unique ideas their fellow community members have.

Derek DeBruin is an outdoor enthusiast. He works at Weber State University and has a variety of responsibilities, including teaching outdoor recreation classes. He also owns his own business, Bear House Mountain Guiding.

DeBruin will present on what he has learned about the concept of risk and reward from his work in the outdoors.

“I’m excited to share the knowledge and wisdom I’ve managed to glean from doing what I do,” DeBruin said.

In addition to the excitement, he said he is also slightly intimidated.

“I feel like TED Talks are generally pretty high caliber,” DeBruin said. “I’ve been practicing really hard to make sure I can give a good presentation.”

The TEDxOgden event runs from 6-9 p.m. Friday, with a pre-event social from 5-6 p.m. Following the event from 9-10 p.m., there will be a post-event social to meet speakers and discuss ideas. An after party will be held from 10 p.m. to midnight. Event tickets are still available for $100 tedxogden.com.

There will also be a free live stream of the speakers and performers during the event in the ballet theater adjacent to the Egyptian Theatre. Outside the event will be a community party with live music and food for purchase. The Lindenmayers plan on hosting four smaller TED events this year.

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