Local innovators joined forces Friday, Oct. 22, at the second-annual TEDx Columbus event at the Columbus College of Art and Design.

Local innovators joined forces Friday, Oct. 22, at the second-annual TEDx Columbus event at the Columbus College of Art and Design.

TED, which stands for technology, entertainment and design, is a nonprofit organization that focuses on bringing people from those three areas together to help shape the future.

TEDx, independent and licensed nationally under TED, is in more than 700 cities around the world.

This year's TEDx Columbus event asked the 15 speakers and hundreds of participants "what's next?" in Columbus.

The speakers ranged from recent Metro High School graduate and Ohio State University student Meagan Jones to Columbus Public Health Commissioner Teresa Long to Michael Wilkos, a grants officer with the Columbus Foundation.

The speakers shared insights on where Columbus is going, what local businesses are doing and examples of technology-related products and ideas.

Long kicked off the Oct. 22 event by describing what her ideal healthy Columbus would look like.

Two artists, who created a painting that will hang at the Columbus Public Health building on Parsons Avenue, illustrated her words on stage.

"What is it that outrages you? What are you going to do about it?"

She said her perfect healthy city would be one where all people would receive screenings for chronic diseases, that children's life expectancy would be longer than their parents and that everyone would have access to fresh foods.

"People can choose to be healthy and safe only if they have the opportunities to make those choices," Long said.

David Staley, the director of the Goldberg Center and associate professor of history at OSU, shared with the audience his vision of encouraging "creative proximity" by gathering innovators together to bridge disciplines.

Jennifer Dyer, a doctor at Nationwide Children's Hospital, talked about her new iPhone application that helps diabetic teens remember to take their insulin.

Matt Slaybaugh, the artistic director for Available Light Theatre and a professor at CCAD and the Columbus State Community College Life Long Learning Institute, talked about the future of business and innovation in Columbus.

He shared examples of businesses, such as Dublin's Eco Chem Alternative Fuels and Columbus' C-12 Lacrosse, that have designed new products to change their selected industries.

"In Columbus, you are never more than a stone's throw away from someone working to change the world," Slaybaugh said.

For more information on TEDx Columbus, visit www.tedxco-lumbus.com.

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