TEDx, an independently organized TED event, www.tedxbocaraton.com, makes its debut with a program designed with the mission, “Ideas worth spreading”. Featuring an intriguing full line up of speakers, it will take place Friday, May 9 in the University Theatre on the Florida Atlantic University campus. The conference is an array of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances by experts on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and wonder — and also to trigger interesting conversations and ideas that matter. For this Boca Raton debut of TEDx talks, the event runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $100, and include all meals and beverages and a seat in the main auditorium. Tickets for students have limited availability and include all meals and beverages for $30, and seating in the simulcast lounge. All tickets may be purchased at www.tedxbocaraton.com where biographies and information on all expert speakers selected for this TEDx event may be seen. TEDxBocaRaton will connect attendees with a unique collection of talks that will stimulate dialogue, engage the audience, and develop ideas at the local level. The conference’s sessions include a variety of topics. These enriching stories were selected because they trigger ideas, create meaningful conversations, and expand thought. From a philanthropic young beauty queen with an entrepreneurial spirit to a clinical psychologist and relationship expert, the speakers are knowledgeable, thought provoking, and worth hearing. Among those presenting: • PASCAL DEPUHL happily created advertising photography for his clients and began to see that people surfing the web were shifting to mobile devices. Believing that video was going to become the online language of choice in a few years, he began his learn filmmaking. Pascal believes we all have a gift within us that we need to discover and be enabled to do what we are supposed to do with our lives. It is a gift that you can’t learn in school, it is ours to develop. • BRAD SHORT started his journey with parkour at the age of 14. Parkour is an athletic discipline, in which participants negotiate any environment in as efficiently as possible using their physical abilities. It commonly involves running, jumping, vaulting, rolling, and other similar physical movements. Brad became fascinated after seeing a film about parkour, and knew it was what he wanted to do. He started his own YouTube channel in 2011 www.youtube.com/user/flopktube dedicated to showcasing his parkour abilities and became recognized for his intense ability and daring stunts. Short attended Florida Atlantic University and pursued a degree in exercise science. In February 2011, he became a certified parkour and freerunning instructor through the World Freerunning and Parkour Federation (WFPF). He is now the manager and head instructor at Intensity Parkour, a parkour gym in Margate, Florida. • SUSAN HILL SKEMP Susan is the Executive Director for the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center (SNMREC) located at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Skemp will be sharing how the SNMREC engineers, faculty, and students are making a unique contribution to a broadly diversified portfolio of renewable energy for the nation’s future. snmrec.fau.edu. • MACE HOROFF has worked in the field of professional selling his entire life as a frontline salesperson, sales manager, sales trainer, and sales expert who delivers programs on sales performance to corporations and associations. Mace recognized something that he’s ready to share with the world: that sex and sales are not that different. Mace’s new book, “The Sex in Sales: The Dirty Little Book of Sales Success” will be released this month. He is also the author of “Mastering Medical Sales,” a book dedicated to selling to some of the most educated and discriminating buyers in the world–healthcare professionals. The content and design of each TEDx event is unique and developed independently across the country. TED’s celebrated format: A suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances presented at live events like this May 9 one, as well as TEDTalks videos from www.TED.com. For a list of speaker biographies, information about the event and ticket purchase, please visit www.tedxbocaraton.com.