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Speakers sought for first TEDxLancaster

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Organizers have chosen a date and a theme for the first TEDxLancaster, and now they're seeking speakers.

The conference will be May 3 at the Ware Center of Millersville University in Lancaster, with the theme “Break New Ground.” Mark Pontz, a mortgage banker who launched Fine Living Lancaster magazine in 2007, will serve as emcee.

Eight to 10 speakers will be chosen to participate, with applications due by Feb. 14. The TEDx Lancaster Programming Committee will review all applications, with those that move on to Round 2 asked to submit additional information and an original three-to-five-minute YouTube video. The selection process will be finished by March 31.

Talks should be no more than 18 minutes long -- six to nine minutes is ideal, the committee said. Speakers are not allowed to promote a company, product, organization, agenda or themselves and will present without compensation.

TEDx is modeled on the renowned TED program, a nonprofit focusing on ideas worth spreading by holding conferences in which thinkers and doers give the talks of their lives in 18 minutes or fewer. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, giving communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

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