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10 Reasons Why You Need to Register for TEDxDetroit Today

On Thursday, October 8th, creators, catalysts, entrepreneurs, artists, geeks, designers, thinker and doers will all flock to Detroit for the 7th Annual TEDxDetroit. Franco PR Group is excited to work with them to spread the word about this one-of-a-kind conference.

1. TEDx events are breakoffs from the larger, parent conference TED Talks. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design – three words that are practically synonymous with the Motor City.

Photos: Cobo Center, Rockin’ on the Riverfront Concert Series, Detroit Institute of Arts

Photos: Cobo Center, Rockin’ on the Riverfront Concert Series, Detroit Institute of Arts

Check, check and… check.

2. There are only 14 other TEDx conference located throughout Michigan, and as you can see TEDxDetroit is at the TOP of the list.

TEDx MI

Which could just be a coincidence, but then again, maybe not.

3. The TEDxDetroit stage has been graced by Detroit powerhouses like Quicken Loans Founder and real estate tycoon, Dan Gilbert, Slow Roll Co-Founder Jason Hall, and Hardcore Pawn star, Les Gold.

4. And this year’s line-up continues to bring the best of the best, with NASA Planetary Scientist, Dr. Cathy Olkin, Life Remodeled Founder and CEO, Dr. Chris. Lambert and President and CEO of Consumer Electronics Association, Gary Shaprio.

Photo from GMRENCEN “Reflecting A New Detroit”

Photo: GMRENCEN “Reflecting A New Detroit”

Just to name a few.

5. Oh yeah, and on top of all those great speakers – they’ve got LIVE MUSIC. With performances by America’s Got Talent finalist Alicia Michilli, Tunde OlaniranAhya SimoneTimothy OrikriShelby 5Chance MorrisDarius SimpsonScout Bostley and Britney Stoney.

6. Not to mention this year’s venue just happens to be the historic Fox Theatre.

Photo: facebook.com/foxtheatredetroit

Photo: facebook.com/foxtheatredetroit

Which is the largest TEDxDetroit venue in its seven-year history.

7. Charlie Wollborg, Chief Troublemaker at Curve Detroit and TEDxDetroit Executive Producer and Curator has been a featured speaker at several noted conferences including SXSW Interactive, Podcamp Michigan and Ignite Automotive.

Photo: twitter.com/CharlieCurve

Photo: twitter.com/CharlieCurve

So he probably knows how to put on a good show.

8. If you don’t go you’re just going to be checking Twitter for updates all day anyway.


#TEDxDetroit FOMO

9. If you register for TEDxDetroit before Sept. 21, you’ll save $15. Which you can put towards those Red Wings tickets you’ve had your eye on.

10. And if that’s not enough to get you to click the registration link. Maybe this’ll help…

Photos: facebook.com/bigalora, facebook.com/comfortcruzine, detroitstockyard.com

Photos: facebook.com/bigalora, facebook.com/comfortcruzine, detroitstockyard.com

Detroit food truck favorites like Bigalora, Heroes vs. Villain, Motor City Franks, Comfort Cruzine, Stockyard and more will be on-site at TEDxDetroit. 

 

Which TEDxDetroit speaker is on your must-see list? Share in the comments.

Alex Fulbright is a digital marketing specialist at Franco Public Relations Group. You can reach her at 313-567-5085 or fulbright@franco.com. Follow her on Twitter: @AlexandriaFul and connect on LinkedIn.

Public Relations Lessons from a Data Conference in Vegas

Last month, Tina Sullivan and I were lucky enough to escape the cold to support DataFactZ in Las Vegas for the 2015 MicroStrategy World Conference. The data conference brings some of the top data professionals from around the world together for educational sessions and demonstrations of MicroStrategy analytics software.

As part of our data conference strategy, we planned a private event for DataFactZ clients and partners at Trsyt Nightclub to give attendees a place to unwind and network while having some fun after the conference. Looking back on the event, it reinforced a valuable lesson about the public relations profession – always be ready for a quick change.

The waterfall at Tryst Nightclub lit up with DataFactZ’s logo during the private event at the 2015 MicroStrategy World Conference.

The Tryst Nightclub waterfall  lit up with DataFactZ’s logo during the 2015 MicroStrategy World Conference.

The event included contests for guests to earn prizes throughout the evening. So, after landing in Las Vegas, we made a pit stop at Target and checked into the Wynn armed with supplies for a hula hoop, limbo and ring toss contest. Trying to give every guest a fair shot at a prize, we planned each contest down to the minute.

As the party grew, we realized we were going to have to change our approach to something a little more upbeat. And what could be better than a dance contest? The dance floor filled up and guests had a blast watching competitors get down to everything from Michael Jackson to LMFAO.

The event ended with some valuable new relationships and networking opportunities for our clients and the goal was accomplished – guests had the chance to unwind and have some fun with co-workers and partners.

From beginning to end, this conference reminded me that in public relations, no matter how much planning goes into a project, being ready to change at a moment’s notice is vital.

Seeing our clients and their guests enjoying the event also reminded me, yet again, of why I love my career at Franco – each day is different from the last and no matter what we’re working on, our team is ready for the next curveball.

Dan Horn is an account executive at Franco Public Relations Group. You can reach him at (313) 567-5008 or horn@franco.com.