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Chapter 4: Livestream

One of our applicants mentioned that we’d “hit it out of the park” by having educators, administrators and students spend the day together experiencing TEDxGrandRapids and we couldn’t be happier to hear it! The audience will include people from across the state and across the spectrum of education, as well as many students age 10th grade and older. College students and faculty will be with us too.


  • Doors open at 7:45 a.m. at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hill Avenue Southeast Grand Rapids Charter Township, MI 49546
  • Program starts at 8:30 a.m. Seats will be first-come, first-served. Reserved seating is available only for those who need special accommodations.
  • Curtain closes at 6:30 p.m.
  • Lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided.

Guests are encouraged to be prompt and stay for the entire event. On-site parking is available and free.


  • Please note that we will follow the TED practice of creating sustainable events.
  • We’ll do an amazing amount of composting and recycling.
  • We also encourage carpooling where possible.

What to bring:

  • A jacket so you can spend some time outside during the breaks.
  • Refillable water bottle and/or coffee mug to help eliminate unnecessary waste.
  • Ideas, questions, curiosity and an open mind.
  • Phones, iPads and other communications devices are welcome. We’d be glad for you to share your experience throughout the day.

How to prepare:

  • If you need special accommodations, please let us know in advance by emailing:
  • Download the official TEDxGrandRapids App for iPad at the App Store
  • Watch TED talks online at
  • Visit and check out the 2011 event videos.
  • Facility rules follow school rules — no smoking, no alcohol, no weapons. This is an adult event and appropriate behavior is expected.
  • Dress is casual. Think snappy casual and comfortable.
  • Photos are not allowed in the auditorium but outside of the theater, you can snap all you want.
  • Remember that you’re representing your school.

What to expect:

  • Surprises! New ideas and new people may cause you to think about things in a whole new way.
  • Opportunities to start exploring your What Now ideas immediately.
  • Encouragement to share your thoughts, ideas and questions.
  • Expression of ideas in many different formats, all hands-on and totally open to interpretation.