INTERVIEW: TEDx Idaho Falls announces 2018 speaker lineup

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Since 2014, TEDx Idaho Falls has brought some of southeast Idaho’s most passionate together for a evening of “ideas worth sharing.” Janece Moore, lead organizer for TEDx Idaho Falls, and Heidi Bluemel, sponsor relations and executive producer of TEDx Idaho Falls, joined Neal Larson and Julie Mason on KID Newsradio to announce their 2018 speaker lineup and talk about what attendees can expect at this year’s event.

Editor’s Note: KID Newsradio is an official sponsor of the 2018 TEDx Idaho Falls event

IDAHO FALLS — TEDx Idaho Falls announced it’s 2018 speaker line on Monday, January 29.

This year’s theme is “Totality,” spinning off the nationwide hype surrounding the 2017 Great American Eclipse which passed over southeast Idaho.

“I know everybody was excited when the eclipse happened,” Heidi Bluemel, sponsor relations and executive producer of TEDx Idaho Falls, told KID Newsradio. “But, we don’t want that hype to end because we feel like when you come to TEDx, you are going to be inspired and awed by the information that we want to share with you.”

SLIDESHOW: Scroll down to view all the speakers for the 2018 event

Each year, TEDx Idaho Falls receives dozens of application and then selects a short list of about 24 people to audition for the final speaker slots. TEDx Idaho Falls received over 70 applications for their fifth event this year and had to narrow down that list to 12.

“It was amazing,” Bluemel said. “We had over 72 applications from around the whole region and to narrow that down to 12…it was so hard.”

This year’s speaker lineup is comprised of people in the region, like Karen E. Baker, director of the Museum of Idaho and Stephanie Taylor-Silva, an Idaho Falls woman known for her inspiring story of escaping the human trafficking industry and overcoming drug addiction. But, TEDx officials say they also bring people in from out of state.

The event is March 10 at the Colonial Theater in Idaho Falls. For tickets and additional information, visit TEDx Idaho Falls’ website.