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TEDxKC Invites You To Reimagine

TEDxKC is finally here.

Last year’s conference. Photo via TEDxKC’s Facebook page.

With the theme Re:Imagine, this year’s TEDxKC program encourages attendees to see the world as it isn’t Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. New perspectives will be shared about a wide variety of topics, including space exploration, science, race relations, the American experience, physical triumphs, cancer treatment and more.

Confirmed presenters are: Tommy Caldwell, an adventurer, author and mountain climber who recently free-climbed El Capitan’s Dawn Wall; Scott Hamilton, figure skater, television announcer and cancer activist; Barmak Heshmat, MIT Media Lab researcher; and Zolt Levay, Hubble Space Telescope lead imager, among others.

Performers include Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman—singers, songwriters, life partners and two-thirds of the Blue Sky Riders— who will speak and perform at TEDxKC. Together, they have written hit songs for Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes and Keith Urban. This year’s conference also features a new component: More than 30 artists submitted art pieces for consideration and three will be featured during the event.

Tickets for conference and simulcast sold out instantly, but never fear—there are still a limited number of tickets available for the viewing party at KU’s Edwards Campus. Tickets are $10 and include a TEDxKC T-shirt and refreshments. Registration starts at 5 p.m. and the livestream kicks off at 5:30 p.m.

Get a sneak peak at the action with this trailer: