After a year and a half of preparation, three recent Dublin Coffman High School graduates have brought TEDx to Dublin.
Started in 2009, TEDx supports independent organizers who want to create events to share ideas in communities worldwide, according to ted.com. It is the independent, do-it-yourself version of TED, which began in 1984 with conferences covering technology, entertainment and design.
TEDx Innovation Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 7, in the Dublin Integrated Education Center at Ohio University's Dublin Medical campus. Although the event is by invitation-only, it will be available online both live and after the event.
Ketul Patel, 18, said he and the Innovation Drive team want to make people think more about how to do something different in society.
"We're really big on pushing students and people to go beyond what society expects of them," he said.
The theme is "challenging the status quo," and listeners will hear from seven speakers -- four adults and three students, including:
* Rajesh Krishnamurthy, radiologist-in-chief at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
* Joshua Koch, president of EcoChem Alternative Fuels.
* Purba Majumder, president and co-founder of Cybervation.
* Javier Sanchez, CEO and co-founder of R.E.A.C.H. Communications Inc.
* Tess Woosley, 17, a senior at Dublin Coffman High School.
* Sri Varre, 18, a Dublin Scioto High School graduate.
* Noura Fayyazi, 17, a senior at Dublin Coffman High School.
Innovation Drive had its beginnings in an AP Physics class about 18 months when Patel and classmate Sujitt Rameshkumar, 17, discussed starting something that would impact their community in a positive way.
They were familiar with TEDx New Albany, Rameshkumar said, and thought since Dublin and New Albany are similar, they could bring TEDx here as well.
To start, Rameshkumar and Ketul reached out to Drew Fischer, the executive director of New Albany's TEDx, and discussed how to start up a TEDx in Dublin.
Innovation Drive's third co-founder, Shane Ausmus, 18, joined Ketul and Rameshkumar in early fall 2017 to assist with event organization and obtaining a Tedx license, a process that took about six months.
The event was funded through a $3,500 grant from the Dublin Foundation, as well as money from individual donors.
When it came time to choose speakers, Ausmus said, the team selected adults based on people they knew in the community. They held an open application process for students at Coffman, Jerome and Scioto high schools.
Whereas the speakers all adhere to the overall event theme, they each bring diverse ideas.
Krishnamurthy, for example, will review a model backed by statistics and research for how to make innovation impact a community, Rameshkumar said.
Sanchez will talk about how to inspire young people to become leaders.
Fayyazi, involved with a variety of non-partisan student organizations, will discuss the importance of becoming civically engaged, Ausmus said.
The 100 people slated to attend the event include representatives from the city of Dublin, local diversity organizations, neighborhood representatives, the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Dublin City School District administrators.
Although the three recent graduates co-founded the event, they were supported by a team of several students and adults, and hope to attract more adult involvement going forward so they can hand over the reins to ensure the event continues on an annual basis.
The event will be streamed live at dublinohiousa.gov and will be available to watch following the event at the TEDx Talks YouTube channel.