Speakers announced for Omaha's take on TED

Ben Sasse, president of Midland University, is one of 15 speakers scheduled to address TEDxOmaha on Oct. 26.

A conference focused on “ideas worth spreading” has announced speakers for its upcoming Omaha event.

The 15 community members chosen will tackle the topic of influence. They include Paul Kulik, a chef at The Boiler Room; Scott Blake, a local artist who creates work with bar codes; Karen Borchert, vice president of Phase2; Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds; local designer Chris Hughes; and Jeremy Pietrocini, a senior consultant at Gallup.

TED began as a conference designed to bring together people from the worlds of design, technology and entertainment. Speakers at the conferences are asked to give talks in 18 minutes or less. TEDxOmaha is a local, independently organized group, based off the ideas of TED.

Brian Smith, curator of TEDxOmaha, said Omaha hosts an amazing group of people who are up to something remarkable with national or global impact but often don't have a lot of recognition in their home market.

The other speakers are: ophthalmologist Mike Feilmeier; attorney Susan Ann Koenig; John Kyndt, director of professional sciences at Bellevue University; musicians Ezra and Adeev Potash of The Potash Twins; author Tunette Powell; Ben Sasse, president of Midland University; Laurie Smith Camp, chief judge of the U.S. District Court; and author Joe Starita.

This year's TEDxOmaha event is Oct. 26 from noon to 6 p.m. at Creighton University's Harper Center. Tickets will be available for $25 at TEDxOmaha.com beginning Sept. 9.

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