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Former Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz will give a talk at the TEDxMadison conference on Saturday.

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Nine Madisonians with "ideas worth spreading" will speak Saturday at TEDxMadison 2014.

TED is a national nonprofit known for its talks and global conferences featuring thought leaders in science and culture, and has become popular as free videos of the talks have been passed around the internet and on social media. TEDx indicates an independently organized event sanctioned by TED.

The lineup features Dave Cieslewicz, executive director of the Wisconsin Bike Fed and former mayor of Madison; political journalist and author David Maraniss; YWCA Madison executive director Rachel Krinsky; Heather Kirkorian, a family development researcher at the University of Wisconsin; Willie Ney, executive director of UW-Madison’s Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives and its First Wave Spoken Word and Urban Arts Learning Community; Elizabeth Katt-Reinders, director of policy and communications for the Clean Lakes Alliance; jazz musician Ben Sidran; UW mathematician and author Jordan Ellenberg; and Becky Splitt, CEO of StudyBlue.

In addition to the Madison speakers, two TED talk videos will also be shown throughout the day.

"Each speaker was carefully chosen for their unique idea worth spreading from the local Madison community," Candace Stohs-Krause, a TEDxMadison committee member, wrote in an email.

The day-long event, held at the Bartell Theatre, is sold out, with attendance capped at 100 people. Those who miss it can view the talks online after the event.

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Madison has hosted TEDx events before. Last year, a group including Kaleem Caire, Scott Resnick, Alisa Toninato and Ida Jo gave talks on education, innovation, iron casting and music, respectively, and more. 

Jessie Opoien covers state government and politics for the Capital Times. She joined the Cap Times in 2013 and has also covered Madison life, race relations, culture and music. She has also covered education and politics for the Oshkosh Northwestern.