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TEDxMaui Partial Speaker List Revealed

October 4, 2011, 12:49 PM HST
* Updated October 4, 2:06 PM
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By David Kvasnicka

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Dr. Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsay. Photo courtesy TEDxMaui.

Five of the estimated 13-18 speakers for the upcoming 2012 TEDxMaui conference have been revealed.

The announcement coincides with the beginning of ticket sales, which began October 3rd. Tickets are $99 each and available through the MACC.

TED (technology, entertainment, design) is a forum for some of the world’s most progressive thinkers. In recent years, it has inspired TED-sanctioned but independently-organized regional events, with Maui’s being one of them.

TEDxMaui has been deliberately limited to an audience of 600 by the organizers to give the event a more “intimate atmosphere.”

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However, it will dwarf other TEDx events, such as TEDxHonolulu’s maximum audience of 100, due to a rule which stipulates that a TEDx event can host a larger audience if one of the organizers has attended an official TED event. In this instance, co-producer Katie McMillan attended TED Women in Washington DC, which qualified Maui for the larger event.

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100 spaces of the 600 will be reserved for students and elders, with those tickets priced at $75.

McMillan described ticket sales on day one to be “strong out of the gate,” and expects to sell out quickly.

The final program is still in development, and co-producers Sarah Tekula and McMillan are still seeking speakers for the event, which is expected to occur January 22, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the MACC’s Castle Theater.

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The five revealed TEDxMaui speakers are as follows:

Images courtesy of TEDxMaui

Dr. Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey: The first female Fellow and Polynesian Explorer for the National Geographic Society, internationally-recognized expert on
cultural intelligence, and former Maui resident.

W.S. Merwin: Poet Laureate: Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, author of over 50 books of poetry and prose, and Maui resident for 30 years. Appointed United States Poet Laureate in 2010.

 

Byron Washon: Alternative energy pioneer, partnering with UHMC to bring electric vehicles to Maui, named one of Fast Company Magazine’s “100 Most Creative Persons in Business,” and graduate of Punahou.

Jeremiah Grossman: Global leader on internet security issues, Founder of WhiteHat Securities, named one of InfoWorld’s Top 25 CTOs, and graduate of Maui High.

Susan Casey: Editor-In-Chief of O, The Oprah Magazine, New York Times bestselling author of The Wave, and part-time Maui resident.

 

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