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TEDxJacksonville finds new home for 2016 conference

Theme of this year's event will be 'FearLess'

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – TEDxJacksonville is making major changes to its annual conference -- changing venues, doubling the size of its audience and adding new engagement “Adventures.”

After sellout crowds at WJCT Studios over the past three years, TEDxJacksonville will double its audience capacity to 700 as it moves to the historic Florida Theatre in Downtown Jacksonville.

The 2016 conference, "FearLess," will bring talented speakers and musical guests to the stage on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Tickets to the all-day conference will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis later this year.

“WJCT has been a wonderful home for our conference, and we’ve grown a lot there. Because of the demand and great word-of-mouth advertising at WJCT, we need to expand our capacity, and the Florida Theatre is the perfect venue for us this year,” said Sabeen Perwaiz, co-organizer and executive producer of TEDxJacksonville.

For the first time, TEDxJacksonville will offer “TEDx Adventures” to attendees of the October conference.

Working with local nonprofits, businesses and community organizations, TEDxJacksonville will offer exclusive access to these partners. TEDxJacksonville attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for Adventures on Oct. 22.

In addition to the conference, TEDxJacksonville hosts “Salon events” throughout the year. The first TEDxJacksonville Salon of 2016 is “Aging: Everybody’s Doing It!” set for Saturday, April 16, at Jacksonville University. Tickets are now available.

The application period for speakers and performers is now open for the 2016 conference. For more details, go to tedxjacksonville.com/apply-to-speak.

The global TED organization recently approved TEDxJacksonville to host its fifth conference and the fourth since the group changed its name from TEDxRiversideAvondale to TEDxJacksonville.

In 2015, TEDxJacksonville’s “Into the Machine” conference brought 12 speakers from Northeast Florida, across the United States and Tunisia to the WJCT Studio stage with four musical guest performances. The conference was the first TEDx group event to be broadcast live on the TEDxTalks YouTube channel, with 3 million subscribers at the time.