Friday, March 1, 2013

First ever TEDx-Wyandotte Symposium to be held April 2


Kansas City Kansas Community College will host its first-ever TEDx-Wyandotte symposium Tuesday, April 2.

Featuring eight presenters speaking on the “Core Impact: Exploring Ideas that Enrich a Community,” the symposium will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on the KCKCC campus at 7250 State Avenue. The cost is $15 and refreshments will be served.

Founded originally as Technology, Engineering and Design 25 years ago, TEDx today is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Mike Brown, founder of The Brainzooming Group; Adam Arreddo, CEO and co-founder of Local Ruckus; and the local Band, “Making Movies,” are among the announced presenters for the April 2 symposium.

“We are so excited to announce speakers for TEDxWyandotte,” said Shari Wilson, TEDxWyandotte curator. “We are hoping to fill the Performing Arts Center with people ready to network like crazy, rock out to music by Making Movies and listen to ideas about community innovation by Mike Brown. All our presenters are fantastic and we hope people will join us.”

As founder of The Brainzooming Group, Brown has been at the forefront of leading culture change and innovative strategies at the Fortune 500 level. Recognized as one of the top innovation bloggers on the web, Brown shares ideas on creativity, innovation and the transformative power of diverse thinking with hundreds of thousands of global readers annually. 

His talk at TEDxWyandotte will explore how creating a porous community that readily cultivates diverse thinking is vital to a truly enriched community.

In addition to being CEO of Local Ruckus, Arrendondo is co-leader of Kansas City Startup Village.

Focusing on the premise that status quo is not an option, Arrendondo will discuss how starting a business is simply an outcome of a much more foundational trait of entrepreneurs and that entrepreneurship grows out of an individual’s burning desire to challenge, be challenged and confront challenges.

In addition to providing live music, “Making Movies” will speak on “Sustainable Music in a Disposable Culture.” The product of an unlikely blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms, bilingual songs and a cross-cultural conscience creating a unique and approachable sound, their instruments and tones are found in American indie-rock and are laid over rhythms from salsa, merengue and cumbia.

Additional presenters will be announced in coming weeks. Registration can be made on-line at and clicking on Workforce Development and TEDxRegistration. Additional information can also be obtained by contacting Jay Matlack at KCKCC’s Workforce Development at 913-288-7210 or or Shari Wilson at 913-299-3022 or