Louisville, Ky. – IdeaFestival, a leading celebration for disruptive thinkers and the intellectually curious, has released this year’s full agenda. The festival boasts over 35 speakers and performers from a wide swath of disciplines and industries.
Presenters this year include world-renowned astronomer Bob Berman, economist and internationally bestselling author Daniel Altman, grandson of Nelson Mandela and Co-Founder & Chairman of Africa Rising Foundation Ndaba Mandela, tech entrepreneur Maci Peterson, poet and combat veteran Maurice Decaul, philanthropist and founder of Moon Express and InfoSpace Naveen Jain, INC magazine editor James Ledbetter, and artist and creator of The Vesper Project Titus Kaphar.
IdeaFestival 2015 will take place from Sept. 29 – Oct. 2 at the Kentucky Center for Performing Arts. The event brings together a list of emerging and well-known influencers from four continents and a variety of disciplines including science, the arts, design, business, film, technology, education and much more – all working towards the convergence and exploration of how ideas shape our future.
“IdeaFestival focuses on big questions and ideas, that inspire, challenge and are sometimes dangerous,” said IdeaFestival founder Kris Kimel. “Dangerous in the sense that they are disruptive, often challenge the status quo, risky and can be transformative. In fact, IdeaFestival encourages attendees to embrace the danger of new ideas.”
This “big question” approach has resulted in sponsorships and media partnerships with influential national sponsors including the Kentucky Innovation Network, Delta Dental, the University of Louisville and the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation along with award-winning media partners, INC and MIT Technology Review.
The annual Louisville festival began in 2000.