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TEDxGrandRapids to kick off launch party Tuesday

TEDxGrandRapids will begin their 2014 community interaction with their launch party Tuesday at Woodbridge North Ferris Building.
Guests of the TEDxGR 2013 Launch Party mix socially.

Guests of the TEDxGR 2013 Launch Party mix socially. /Terry Johnston of Stellafly for TEDxGR

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On Tuesday, February 4, TEDxGrandRapids will be hosting its 2014 launch party. The launch party is from 6-8 p.m. at the Woodbridge North Ferris building, located at Kendall College of Art and Design. This year's theme for the day-long event will be announced at the launch party. It is also an opportunity to mingle with organizers and attendees of the TEDx Grand Rapids community.

Proceeds of the TEDxGR Launch Party will be used to fund their Livestream for Education program. The program gives TEDx GR the ability to subsidize the micro-events for teachers and students in area schools. Livestream for education will serve about 1,500 educators and students this year.

Community members can attend the launch party by R.S.V.P at their website. There is a $5 cover. Attendees will receive two drink tickets upon arrival. There will be no food, as the event is a happy-hour style networking and information event.

TEDx is a program that allows third parties to organize independent TED-like events internationally. It gives communities a chance for TED experiences on a local level. Grand Rapids is one of ten TEDx events scheduled in Michigan for 2014. Bill Holsinger-Robinson is the lead TEDxGR organizer.

“The launch party is an opportunity to reconnect with both new and old members of the TEDxGrandRapids community. Being an all-volunteer organization, the kind of effort that we take to pull that event off unfortunately precludes us from having a tight connection with the community year round. This is one of our fun opportunities to start this conversation around thinking differently in West Michigan and preparing for the event,” says Holsinger-Robinson.


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