Meeting of the Minds: TEDx conference draws crowd of nearly 600

Published: Apr. 8, 2014 at 9:58 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - They're ideas worth spreading.

That's the goal of the annual conference TEDx Charleston, an independent effort of the global group TED, which focuses on technology, engineering, and design.

This year, nearly 600 people were expected to pack Charleston's Memminger Auditorium, up from 150 last year.  TEDx committee member Rachel Hutchisson said the event sold out in five days.

"When you're in front of 600 people, it's like you have all of these advocates now who may also be interested in your idea," she said.

Among the speakers lined up for this year's event were Academic Magnet senior Hunter Legerton, and Ronald Daise, star of the 90's children's program, "Gullah Gullah Island."  Daise overcame years of shame and embarrassment and now embraces his Gullah heritage.

"It's a part of me," he said.

Organizers hope the day-long event will have a lasting event in the Charleston community.

"The legacy of TEDx Charleston is whether people actually go out and take action in the community," Hutchisson added.

Speakers for the program were selected in January, and have been working with a coach to prepare for Tuesday's conference.  The Charleston event is independently run, and required a license from the TED organization.

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