The annual event shifts to an exclusive venue on the riverwalk for 2021. Tickets on sale now at

DETROIT, MI, September 24, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — TEDxDetroit presented by UWM, an annual gathering of the area’s leading thinkers, designers, entrepreneurs, educators, scientists, artists, and geeks, will return with a live event at The Icon Detroit on Wednesday, November 10th, 2021. Tickets are on sale now at

The popular day-long conference, which usually attracts thousands of attendees, will pivot to a smaller format to better protect the safety of our community. Only 330 tickets will be available for the theatre. TEDxDetroit will still feature the dynamic, short talks from creative minds designed to spark fresh thinking and collaborations.

Previous TEDxDetroit events have featured Pixar filmmakers, NASA scientists, autonomous vehicle pioneers, AR/VR creators, groundbreaking cancer researchers, and a host of startup founders alongside poets, magicians, and musicians. It’s an eclectic mix of speakers and performers you’ll only see at TEDxDetroit.

“The secret to creativity is cross-pollination,” said Charlie Wollborg, curator of TEDxDetroit and co-founder of Moka Boka Storybooks. “When we bring these blue-flame thinkers from different industries with different backgrounds together, we foster new connections and stretch the boundaries of what’s possible.”

“TEDxDetroit attendees have a positive attitude, great work ethic, and love to collaborate,” said Mat Ishbia, president and CEO of UWM. “Those are exactly the kinds of people we want on our team at UWM and we are proud to return as a presenting sponsor.”

Many of Detroit’s icon theatres have hosted previous TEDxDetroit events, including the Fox, Orchestra Hall, The Opera House. This year’s venue is a beautiful place most people in Metro Detroit haven’t experienced – The Icon Detroit. The Icon’s 18-acre campus is situated along the Detroit Riverwalk with views of Belle Isle, Windsor, and the city skyline. It was the former home of the UAW/GM’s executive training center. Today, it’s a world-class office, technology, and event space that will soon be home to Detroit’s next great business success stories.

“We really think it’s important to people back together in-person again,” said Terry Bean, TEDxDetroit Executive Producer and Vice President of Sales at PKIG, “Face-to-face networking will always beat pixel-to-pixel. The key is to do it safely and responsibly – and we’re building that into this year’s venue and event.”

“The Icon is a place that inspires all who visit to rethink what is possible – a lot like attending a TEDxDetroit event,” said Michael Scamardella, Sales, Leasing & Business Development Director for Lino Realty and one of the partners in Icon Detroit. “We’re delighted to host TEDxDetroit this year and welcome the creators and entrepreneurs to our campus.”

An additional block of tickets will be available for a socially distanced TEDxDetroit Viewing Party on the Icon Detroit campus, including access to the TEDxLabs expo – an art, technology, and small business exhibit area that happens alongside TEDxDetroit each year.

“The talks at TEDxDetroit get the gears in your mind turning,” said Anu Gopalakrishnan, TEDxDetroit Labs Director and Vice President at Kyyba Innovations. “TEDxLabs bring those talks to life. It’s an opportunity for attendees to get hands-on, co-create art projects, meet startup founders, demo innovative technologies, sample new products. It’s all designed to spark innovative ideas, foster collaboration, and inspire creativity.”

Leaders, innovators, performers, and exhibitors are encouraged to submit an application on the TEDxDetroit website for speaking and exhibiting opportunities. A selection committee will review all applications andinform hopefuls of the committee’s decisions. The deadline for submissions is October 1st, 2021.

TEDxDetroit will be adhering to CDC guidelines to make sure this event is safe for everyone. Vaccinations and masks are strongly encouraged. The event will follow state capacity restrictions. If you are unvaccinated, the event will be live-streamed on

About TEDxDetroit
Started in 2009, the independently organized event has featured more than 300 creators, doctors, engineers, educators, artists, and other game changers hailing from Detroit and around The Great Lakes State. Follow TEDxDetroit on your favorite social media channels or visit to learn more.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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 are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the TED Translators Program, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

About UWM Holdings Corporation and United Wholesale Mortgage
Headquartered in Pontiac, Michigan, UWM Holdings Corporation (UWM) is the publicly traded indirect parent of United Wholesale Mortgage. UWM is the #1 wholesale lender in the nation six years in a row, providing state-of-the-art technology and unrivaled client service. UWM is known for its highly efficient, accurate, and expeditious lending support. UWM underwrites and provides closing documentation for residential mortgage loans originated by independent mortgage brokers, correspondents, small banks, and local credit unions. UWM’s exceptional teamwork and laser-like focus on delivering innovative mortgage solutions are driving the company’s ongoing growth and its leadership position as the foremost advocate for mortgage brokers. For more information, visit or call 800-981-8898. NMLS #3038.

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