Maybe you were there when Jeff Gaines talked about why everyone is so “fat, broke and busy” in 2010.

Maybe you were there in 2011 when Joel Goodman began his speech with the Erma Bombeck quote, “When humor goes, there goes civilization.”

And maybe you were sad when there was no Capital Region TEDx event in 2012. We were.

Good news: TEDx Albany is back.

On Thursday November 14, a new batch of speakers will come together to present ideas, share their findings and inspire conversation among their audience members. Overit is proud to be sponsoring the event, which will take place in our live room.

What is TEDx?

TEDx events provide stages throughout the world for speakers to present unique ideas worth spreading and discussing. TEDx events are coordinated in communities independently thanks to the generosity of individual and corporate sponsors. TEDx presentations are short talks, demonstrations or performances that encourage people to learn and discuss.

TEDx organizers are granted their licenses for community events from TED, the global conference organizer who has been sharing “Ideas worth spreading” since 1984.

Who will we be hearing from?

Bill Hoffman will be kicking off our event with “From Couch to Ultra Marathon in 2.5 Years,” touching on how he went from 43 and 40 pounds overweight in 2010 to running a 54k ultra-marathon during the summer of 2013. Did we mention he does his running barefoot or in very minimal footwear?

After Bill wakes us all up and makes us feel lazy the need to be more active, Ed Fennell will discuss “The Lives of Zebras” – the individuals who suffer from rare diseases whose diagnoses are overlooked for years. 7,000 rare diseases have been identified, and less than 400 treatments have been approved by the FDA to help any of these. Ed’s the grandfather and primary caregiver of two of these “zebras.”

How can women impact regional economic development efforts? Ask Cara Long, the deputy director at the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society.   She’ll draw from the Capital Region Economic Development Council’s plan to share with the TEDx Albany audience what role women can and must play to create healthy communities with broadly accessed economic opportunities.

And those are just the speakers you’ll hear from before 10:30 a.m. 

Check out the complete event lineup to see what speeches strike your interest. Block out time in your day to hear NYT best selling author Julien Smith talk about how to stand out and change yourself, Jon Bowermaster explain “How Media Impacts Local Environmental Updates,” and Joe Schaefer discuss “How Mental Illness Made Me A Better Person and Enriched My Life.”

Whether it’s Google Glass or open source science, community policing efforts or water contamination information, there’s something for everyone at this year’s TEDx Albany event.

Attendance is booked to capacity, but anyone interested in watching this year’s TEDx Albany as it happens can via livestream at Follow along and chat there throughout the day.

Questions about TEDx Albany? Contact the organizers today.