If you're like us, you're a big fan of TED events, especially their dedication to "ideas worth spreading." That means we're doubly excited about Little Rock's independently organized event, TEDxMarkhamSt.

The one day idea-palooza will gather attendees to the Ron Robinson Theater to hear from 16 local personas who are changing the game in their respective fields. Audience members will learn about everything from medical advancement to slam poetry.

"The combination of a diverse group of speakers and high caliber art show will form a mix that is sure to lead to exciting new ideas," said TEDxMarkhamSt's Salil Joshi in a press release. "The event will offer the Little Rock community an opportunity to share its passion and ideas with communities in the United States and the world."

The lineup of local speakers and performers is as follows:

  • Charles Morgan
  • Erica Swallow
  • Epiphany Morrow
  • Barry Goldberg
  • Reese Rowland
  • Celia Anderson
  • Stephen Canon, M.D.
  • P. Allen Smith
  • James L. “Skip” Rutherford III
  • Karama Neal
  • First Lieutenant Omon Fitzgerald “Fitz” Hill, USATC
  • Curtis Lowery, M.D.
  • Cotton Rorscheib
  • Anthony C. Johnson
  • Lynette Watts

The inaugural event will take place on Friday, July 24. You can learn more about TEDxMarkhamSt and purchase tickets here. For updates, follow TEDxMarkhamSt on Facebook and Twitter.