TEDxPhilly, the local branch of of the annual think-tank conference that we told you about in today's Daily News To-Do List, is happening all day tomorrow at Temple's Performing Arts Center. But if you can't make it up to the campus, National Mechanics, the self-proclaimed geek haven in Old City, will simulcast the talks all day long, starting at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. Nat Mechanics will offer also bottomless cups of coffee, drink and lunch specials and free wi-fi for TED devotees.
This marks the second year Philadelphia has hosted its own local branch of the TED talks. "It's an opportunity for innovative thinkers in this area to participate in a conversation that can really transform Philly and the region," said Chris Bartlett, the host of TEDxPhilly and executive director of William Way LGBT Community Center.
This year's theme is "The City" but Bartlett said that TED is special because it's multidisciplinary, with 18-minutes talks ranging from art, architecture, technology and food. The audience gets to listen to speakers they might not experience on their own. Speakers this year include Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron, storyteller R. Eric Thomas (who we also featured in today's First Person Arts story), the award-winning Philly Youth Poetry Movement and Haas&Hahn -- the design team that painted the favelas of Rio de Janeiro with rainbow murals. TED has a schedule of speakers for those in a time crunch.
But it's key that audience members don't just listen, but take the ideas they learn from TED and engage them in their own lives. "I really believe that when people show up at TED that they come with this commitment of wanting to make a difference in their city and wanting to engage with revolutionary thinkers," Bartlett said. "TED gives the audience some tools to make the audience believe they can make a difference."
TEDxPhilly, Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St., 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., tomorrow, $100, 215-204-9860.
National Mechanics, 22 S. 3rd. St., 215-701-4883.