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About TEDx

We Love Minneapolis.

TEDxMinneapolis is devoted to telling the grand Minneapolis story via the TEDx “Ideas Worth Spreading” platform.  We host an event or two a year, and pull together all local yet global ideators, delicious local grub, fantastic craft and mini-still beverage, and impactful collaborators.  All of these elements come together for a truly immersive, engaging, inspiring, and entertaining event.  Join us.

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 TEDxMinneapolis, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxMinneapolis 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.

Advisory Circle

TEDxMinneapolis engages in an advisory circle on a routine basis to assist us with understanding the story of Minneapolis, engage in resources and networks, and assist us in becoming experts in our city’s narrative.

  • Brendan Bujold – Development and Sponsorship Associate | Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
  • Chadburn Blomquist – Organizer | TEDxTC
  • Laura Zabel – Executive Director | Springboard for the Arts
  • Scott Mayer – Owner | MAYER
  • Melissa Zoerb – Digital Strategy | Hudson Bay Company
  • Ryan Kroening – Owner | Events by Lady K
  • Grant Spanier – Owner | LESS & highqlty™

Core Team

The TEDxMinneapolis program is organized by an incredible core team of volunteers.  If you would like to get involved, please email Dustin Huibregtse at relations@TEDxMinneapolis.com.

Dustin Huibregtse
Program Director and Lead Curator

T: @DustinRH
By Day: Deloitte Consulting – Technology

Madeline Mitchell
Attendee Experience Lead

T: @mjmitchell13
By Day: Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Amanda Carlson
Salon Events Coordinator & Special Projects

T: Getting that, too
By Day: Travail Kitchen & Amusements

Kam Kubesh
Production Lead

T: @KKubesh
By Day: MSAADA Architects

Justin Sims
Creative Director

T: @Getting that, too
By Day: JZS Design

Sammie Holden
Community Engagement Lead

T: @sammieramsay
By Day: Fast Horse

Ariane Laxo
Attendee Experience – Interior Design

T: @ArianeLaxo
By Day: HGA

Jasmine Russell
Associate Curator

T: @JasMRussell
By Day: Jostens

Karl Knudsen
Attendee Experience – Polymath

T: @knuddude
By Day: Target

Anthony Streiff
Attendee Experience – Volunteer Experience Coordinator

T: @apstreiff
By Day: Fraser, Social Impact Hub

Jack Sellwood
Attendee Experience – Registration & Digital Experience

T: @jack_sellwood
By Day: The Wedge

Megan Mrozek
Speaker Experience Coordinator

T: @Megan_Mrozek
By Day: American Red Cross

Theresa Akers
Stage Designer

T: Getting that, too
By Day: Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Linh Nguyen
Partner Experience Coordinator

T: Needs to Get One
By Day: Deloitte Consulting – Technology

Nicole Olsen
Artist Coordinator

T: Needs to Get One
By Day: Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN

Carla Staffa
Special Projects – TEDEd

T: Needs to Get One
By Day: TIES

TEDxMinneapolis 2016: “In Sight”
Friday, August 12th from 5 to 10 PM

Expanding perspective and paradigm is much like discovering the room around you that has been pitch black until you lit a candle. As we wander through life, we see new narratives. And with each new visualization, the candle glows brighter. We begin to notice the walls, the furniture, the floor, the art, the high ceilings, and the dark corners. There are moments when the candle flickers so bright that even new areas can be noticed, even if for a fleeting moment.

What happens when light is shed on part of the room that causes a complete shift in what you knew about it? With illumination comes perspective, comes reality, comes the base of all your decisions, and comes the foundation for our shared future.

TEDxMinneapolis 2016 hosts speakers that have devoted their life’s work on the platform of visibility to make grand impact. We believe that sight manifests itself in art, design, innovation, technology, and the deeper parts of the Minneapolis story, and we’ll work to tell not only the broader and worldly impact of having sight, but also the personal impact, too.


Grab Your Tickets


Amelia Franck Meyer

CEO, Alia
Our child welfare system is broken, and Amelia is fixing it. 

Andrea Jenkins

Poet and LGBTQ Story Archivist
How do we center on our most marginalized people to see a new, more sympathetic society?

Bill Lindeke

Urban Geographer
What can our sidewalks unveil about all of us?

Dr. Jadin Jackson

Neuroscientist, Medtronic
What the journey for a new, breakthrough device unveils for the future of brain science and mental illness.

Dr. Cecilia Martinez

Co-Founder, Director of Research Programs
Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy
How can the arts be used to engage communities and policy makers for environmental justice?

Dr. Subarram Naidu

Electrical Engineer, University of Minnesota
How will 3D printed prosthetics create a new platform of improved access and greater quality of life?

Keith Mayes

Associate Professor of African American Studies
University of Minnesota
Let us pivot to look closer at the changing view of race among generations.

Romeny Chan

Writer and Creative
Her creative work unveils the immigrant story to better understand who we all are.