Mile High City Welcomes TEDxMileHigh for First Annual Event on Transformative Ideas and Inspired CitizenshipMile High City Welcomes TEDxMileHigh for First Annual  Event on Transformative Ideas and Inspired Citizenship

Exceptional Event Brings Region’s Most Powerful Thought Leaders to Downtown Denver

DENVER, CO - (March 21, 2011) – TEDxMileHigh announced today its first annual downtown Denver event beginning at 3 p.m. on April 7, 2011 at the magnificent Ellie Caulkins Opera House. This gathering will feature the likes of Patagonia, Inc.’s CEO, Lance Armstrong’s trainer, the former Commander of NORAD and US Northern Command, the Co-Founder of the new revolutionary COMMON brand and other leading maverick thinkers and doers, big risk takers, big-time athletes, entrepreneurs and innovators, activists for the environment, humanitarians giving the “talk of their lives.”

“Colorado is a perfect venue to host the inaugural TEDxMileHigh event that will gather the brightest minds and true pioneers in innovation,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. “TEDxMileHigh will showcase Colorado’s most powerful new ideas and inspire collaboration to ignite powerful results in our communities.”

With 20 of the state’s most riveting maverick thinkers, TEDxMileHigh presenters include Bernard Amadei, Founder of Engineers Without Borders and Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Libby Burky, Co-Founder of SAME Café, Ashara Ekundayo, Founder of BluBlak Media Consulting and Café Nuba, James B. Hayes, Former Publisher of Fortune and Former CEO of Junior Achievement, Dr. Allen Lim, Director of Sports Science for Team Radioshack, L. Hunter Lovins, President and Founder of the Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS) and Co-Founder of Rocky Mountain Institute, Robyn O’Brien, Author of The Unhealthy Truth, Jeff Olson, Former Olympian and Co-Founder of Well Nourished Foundation, Dr. Paul Polak, Founder of International Development Enterprises and Author of “Out of Poverty,” Sally Ranney, CEO of StillWater Preservation LLC, General Victor E. Renuart, Former Commander of NORAD and US Northern Command, Rob Schuham, Co-Founder of AMG, Undercurrent, FearLess Revolution and their new initiative COMMON, Casey Sheahan, CEO & President of Patagonia, Inc. and Xiren, Independent Composer & Musician. Alex Bogusky, Former Partner of Crispin Porter + Bogusky and Founder of FearLess Revolution and their new initiative COMMON, will serve as the emcee.

Designed to engage both speakers and attendees in a small group environment, doors will open at 2pm and the first session will begin promptly at 3pm. Sessions I and II will be followed by an intermission with heavy hors d’oeuvres, and the final session concludes at 9:00pm. Attendance is open to select ticket holders. Due to limited venue space, tickets are expected to sell out during the month of March. Registration fees include General Admission at $39.50, Priority Tickets at $59.50 and VIP Tickets at $100.00 although a limited number of reduced price tickets ($33.50, $49.50 and $79.50) remain. To purchase tickets, please go to www.tedxmilehigh.eventbrite.com.

TEDxMileHigh is an independently produced event operated under license from TED, and brings together the region’s most diverse group of visionaries, thought leaders and innovators to educate, inspire and spark change.

For tickets, go to www.tedxmilehigh.eventbrite.com. For further information or comments, please go to www.tedxmilehigh.com, contact us at general@tedxmilehigh.com, friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tedxmilehigh and/or follow us at on Twitter at tedxmilehigh.

About TEDx

In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading," TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxMileHigh, where x = independently organized TED event. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

TED2011, “The Rediscovery of Wonder,” was held February 28-March 4, 2011, in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs, California. TEDGlobal 2011, "The Stuff of Life," will be held July 11-15, 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.