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What’s the big idUS?

Posted by Kristen Schmidt | September 30, 2012 05:59 PM

You might have heard about idUS via buzz surrounding the giant gift box at Broad and High last month. Long story short, idUS is a bicentennial-inspired collection of events exploring topics like innovation, design and sustainability. It’s big thinking for an ambitious, landmark year for Columbus. That’s great, but it’s a tad tough to pin down in a sentence or two. So we’ve created a short primer for the remaining events. Happy thinking!

For more information about idUS as a whole, visit



When: Through Friday, Oct. 5

Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center

What is it: Several days of workshops and discussions with world experts about dozens of topics related ecology and environmental sustainability

Huh? It’s an opportunity to listen in on conversations about cutting-edge thinking on the environment

Cost:  $625 for professionals, $250 for students. The Tuesday evening banquet is $50 for professionals and $25 for students. The Wednesday MORPC Regional Environment Summit is $75.

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FFOCOL (Film Festival of Columbus)

When: Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 2-5

Where: Gateway Film Center

What is it: A festival of films by rising filmmakers from around the world, the event is also intended to promote Columbus as a great place to shoot movies

Huh?  Great for movie buffs who love to see what’s going on in the extra-indie scene. Fifteen full-length features will be screened

Cost: $75 for an advance-purchase festival pass ($100 day of). $35 for day passes. $10 for advance-purchase individual films ($12.50 day of and $6.50 for students).

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Innovate Columbus 2012

When: Thursday, Oct. 4

Where: COSI

What is it: A day of speakers and discussions focusing on innovation in business

Huh? An opportunity for networking among business leaders in Columbus at both the small-business and corporate ends of the spectrum. The keynote speakers are Richard Florida (that’s him at the top of this post), Sir Ken Robinson and Jeff Dyer

Cost: $350

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TEDx Columbus

When: Friday, Oct. 5

Where: COSI

What is it: In their words: “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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.”

Huh? A day of just plain interesting people speaking on a number of often intangible yet engaging subjects. On the bill are business types, artists, educators and researchers

Cost: $100

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Creative Engines: A Conversation with Sergio Marchionne and John C Jay

When: 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8

Where: Mershon Auditorium, Wexner Center for the Arts

What is it: A conversation with two people who are forces in the automotive and advertising industries. Marchionne is the chairman and CEO of Chrysler Group LLC and CEO of Fiat S.p.A. Jay is a Columbus native and OSU alumnus who is co-global creative director for advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy.

Huh? Two incredibly successful people will share some of their ideas about innovative design and bold creativity. A Q&A will follow the chat.

Cost: $20 general public, $15 for Wexner Center members, free for students

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