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Reservation opportunities for annual Sno-Isle Libraries produced TEDx talks open Sunday Oct. 15
October 14, 2017

Rob Hoyt, physicist, engineer and CEO in a 2016 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries talk titled "The Future of Space: Off-World Manufacturing." CLICK TO ENLARGE

Chronicle staff

(REGIONAL)  --  Reservations for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 open at 7 a.m.Sunday, Oct. 15. The event is scheduled for 1-5:30 p.m.Nov. 4, at Kamiak High School Performing Arts Center in Mukilteo.

“Based on the past two years, we suspect that reservations for seats at Kamiak may fill pretty quickly,” said Ken Harvey, communications director for Sno-Isle Libraries. “Live-stream video from Kamiak will also be shown at nine community libraries and other venues and reservations for those sites will also open Oct. 15.”

New this year is an opportunity to reserve a space at the dress rehearsal starting at 4:30 p.m.Friday, Nov. 3rd. Admission is free at all sites and both dates, but reservations are required and must be made online.

There are 11 speakers scheduled for the 2017 event, including:

   Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, former astronaut

   Ron Carucci, leadership and change coach

   Mark Perez, Cascadia College student

   Richard Yonck, futurist and author

   Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog

   Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County

   Dhruvik Parikh, Jackson High School student

   Nic O'Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association

   Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health

   Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student

   Bill Bernat, mental-health awareness advocate

“I believe the mix of subjects and viewpoints will make for an interesting afternoon,” Harvey said.

The live-stream viewing events sites include eight community libraries: Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo, Snohomish and Gencare in Granite Falls.

For those who can’t attend one of the viewing sites, live-stream video will be available on the Sno-Isle Libraries website. This year, TEDxSnoIsleLibraries is working with Glisser.com to bring an interactive experience to anyone, anywhere with a computer or mobile device connected to the internet.

During the event, participants watching through Glisser will see the live-stream video from Kamiak and be able to post comments to others on Glisser and submit questions for speakers and event organizers for possible responses following the event.

Also new this year is an opportunity to interact with the speakers at Kamiak

“Previous attendees told us they wanted a chance to talk with the speakers,” Harvey said. “This year, there will be a separate post-event session at Kamiak where attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers.”

Sno-Isle Libraries will also showcase a variety of services during the afternoon at Kamiak in what is dubbed the “IdeaLab.”

Through six informational stations with library staff, attendees will be able to get a library card, match their interests with a next book to read, learn more about business-related services, get technical with STEAM programming, see how kindergarten-readiness programs increase success and register to vote and other civic-engagement opportunities.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,” said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.”


About Sno-Isle Libraries    

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.



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