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TEDxBuffalo speaker lineup set

Organizers of TEDxBuffalo unveiled the speaker lineup for this year’s event after narrowing down a pool of about 60 applicants.

Six community members will speak at the 5th edition of TEDxBuffalo, a local, independent version of TED Talks that is organized entirely by volunteers.

The 60 speaker applications were the most for any year of TEDxBuffalo, organizers said. This year’s event will take place on Oct. 22 at Asbury Hall at Babeville.

The 2015 speakers are:

• Dr. Christopher W. Kerr, chief medical officer at The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care.

• Danielle Twum, a 3rd year pre-doctoral candidate at Roswell Park Cancer Institute studying cancer immunology.

• Kaitlin Garrity, a senior at Canisius College studying communications.

• Kara M. Oliver, program specialist at the National Federation of Just Communities of Western New York.

• Rebecca Sophia Strong, a social artist, movement educator, and founding director of The Embodied Cosmology Project.

• Rhonda Frederick, the president and CEO of People Inc.

In a shift from past years, this year’s event will take place at night, said Adrienne Bermingham, director of TEDxBuffalo. In previous years, the event lasted all day. The goal with the new concept is to engage the audience and have audience members feel a part of the event, Bermingham said.

“We’re really excited to see there are people who are doing something tangible in the community who want to come and talk,” she said. “It’s exciting that our call for pitches reached that far.”

Organizers will hand pick audience members who “are really excited about coming,” Bermingham said. There is a short online application for audience members that will be open until Aug. 14, she said.