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11/3/2014 - Jackson, Miss.

TEDxJackson, an independently organized event, will bring "Ideas Worth Spreading" to the "Fertile Ground" of Mississippi on Thursday, November 6 with a day of inspiring speakers from Mississippi and beyond. While the event will be held in the Capri Theater in Jackson, it will be livestreamed so citizens across the state can participate.

With a focus on education, health and the creative economy, TEDx Jackson's theme of "Fertile Ground" is a reflection of great promise and untapped potential that exists in Jackson and throughout the state. TED is an annual event where some of the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. "TED" stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design - three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event.

Among the speakers is Dr. Kristi Henderson, Chief Advanced Practice Officer and Director of the Telehealth Program for the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She will give a presentation on the telehealth program. Dr. Henderson spearheaded UMMC's statewide TelEmergency program, which connects 14 rural hospitals to emergency physicians via a telemedicine system. She maintains her clinical practice as a family and acute care nurse practitioner within the UMMC department of emergency medicine and also serves as an associate professor in the School of Nursing.

The full schedule for TEDx Jackson includes:

Registration 8:00 - 8:30

Welcome 8:30 - 8:45

  • TEDxJackson Trailer
  • Marshall Ramsey Welcome
  • TEDx Official Intro Video

Session 1 "Cultivate Opportunity" 8:45 - 10:00

  • Damon Brown - Big ideas and cocktail napkins
  • Gary Butler - The internet of things
  • Marina Bers - K-2 robotics
  • TED Video

Session 2 "Plant the Seeds" 10:15 - 11:45

  • Kristi Henderson - Telehealth
  • George Bey - Maya archeology
  • Pamela Shaw - Education
  • Melody Moody - Bike and walking friendly cities
  • TED video

Session 3 "Grow and Thrive" 12:00 - 1:00

  • Joe Stradinger - Topic TBD
  • Herman Taylor - Jackson Heart Study
  • Music by Sanders Bohlke
  • TED video

Session 4 "Grow and Thrive" (Continued) 2:30 - 3:45

  • Kermit the Frog - Creativity
  • TED video
  • Joe Reardon - Fiber and economic development for cities
  • Richard Summers - A software model for the human body
  • David and Patrick Nelson - Helping orphaned children in Haiti

Session 4 "Harvest Wisdom" 4:00 - 5:00

  • David McRaney - The survivorship bias
  • Nick Walters and David Watkins, Jr - locally grown food
  • Brit Fitzgerald - Using tech to improve mentoring outcomes
  • TED video

Pod 5 "Share the Experience" 5:15 - 6:30

  • Joel Bomgar - Succeeding by being different
  • Jill Conner Browne - How to become a cult leader
  • Tray Hairston - Mississippi Healthcare Corridor
  • Vasti Jackson - Taking Mississippi blues to the world

Please note that speakers and times are subject to change. Visit the TEDxJackson website for more information.

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The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

TED was first held in Monterey, California, in 1984. In 2001, Chris Anderson's Sapling Foundation acquired TED from its founder, Richard Saul Wurman. In recent years, TED has expanded to include an international conference, TEDGlobal; media initiatives, including TED Talks and TED.com; and the TED Prize. To learn more about TED, visit ted.com. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized and subject to certain rules and regulations.

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