TEDxJacksonville Conference Returns to Downtown Jacksonville on October 23

TEDxJacksonville Conference Returns to Downtown Jacksonville on October 23

TEDxJacksonville will return to Downtown Jacksonville on Saturday, October 23, and the event will be at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts for the first time. 

The conference opened applications for speakers and musical performers for its annual event as the organization prepares to celebrate its 10th year in 2021. Applications may be submitted via the speaker application page and the application window will remain open until June 30. 

TEDxJacksonville’s conference was last staged at The Florida Theatre in 2019, and the 2020 conference was postponed due to the COVID pandemic.

“We can’t wait to return to Downtown Jacksonville at an exciting new venue in the Times-Union Center,” said Sabeen Perwaiz, the lead organizer and licensee for TEDxJacksonville. “We receive incredible applications every year — and we know the world is ready for the next big ideas.” 

The TEDxJacksonville team will work with the Times-Union Center to ensure a safe conference for attendees in accordance with  CDC guidelines. 

Doug Coleman and Sabeen Perwaiz greet the audience at TEDxJacksonville’s 2019 conference.

In 2020, Perwaiz succeeded founder Doug Coleman as the official licensee with TED for TEDxJacksonville. Perwaiz has served on the volunteer leadership team since its founding in 2012. She has held the roles of co-organizer and executive producer and now takes on the role of lead organizer and licensee for TEDxJacksonville. Perwaiz also serves as Executive Director for the Florida Nonprofit Alliance. 

Now in its 10th year since its founding as TEDxRiversideAvondale, TEDxJacksonville put on its first youth conference early in 2020 — with six speakers from Duval County Public Schools sharing their talks at the Florida Blue Conference Center in early March 2020.

TEDxJacksonville and [email protected] talks are produced locally and spread globally via the TEDxTalks YouTube channel with more than 30 million subscribers.

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