Every year speakers from around the world and here in Bend gather to inspire, inform and entertain at TEDxBend. The independent event is based on the wildly popular TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) nonprofit conference. Past guests/speakers/performers include Iraq War veterans, neuroscientists and world-renown composers and musicians. This year, 15 speakers will take the stage at Bend High School Auditorium on April 26. Star speakers include astronaut Charles Precourt and Billabong/Hurley founder Bob Hurley. From TEDxBend:
Precourt launched on his first space flight in 1993, aboard the Columbia. A highly decorated veteran of four different missions, Precourt was Chief of the Astronaut Corps from 1998-2002 and was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2012. He retired from NASA in 2004 and now leads ATK Aerospace Group, where he is overseeing the development of a launch system that he hopes will enable human-manned deep space exploration. Whoa.
Hurley founder and CEO Bob Hurley made his work his play from the beginning. Hurley started as a surfer and board shaper in Huntington Beach, before acquiring the license to Billabong USA in 1982, starting his own eponymous surf and skate company in 1999, and folding into the Nike brand in 2002, where he continues to lead the $252M business. Hurley’s instincts to make surf culture less insular and more inclusive have led the brand toward successful alignments in music, art and youth culture. He still surfs and shapes boards today.
Bend High School Auditorium
Saturday, April 26, 2014
1 PM to 6 PM (includes 45-minute intermission)
Includes admission to TEDxBash (see below for details)
For this third annual TEDxBend event, we’re excited to offer a lower ticket price and more seating than in previous years, so that more people might be able to attend and participate. We’ll also be offering bus transportation for high school students from communities throughout Central Oregon including Warm Springs, Madras, Sisters, Redmond, Prineville, LaPine and Bend.
Sponsor a student: For $85, you get a ticket for yourself and you help underwrite a ticket for a local student. We will provide bus transportation to the event for these students.
For more info, visit tedxbend.com.