Looks like you’ll still be able to get a free toothbrush at this year’s scaled-back IdeaFestival. Festival organizers announced the speakers at the September event on Tuesday, as well as that Delta Dental is once again the presenting sponsor.
The now two-day festival takes place Sept. 27-28 at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. On Sept. 26, IdeaFestival will again hold Thrivals 10.0, with Professor Nat Irvin of the University of Louisville College of Business hosting.
In May, Insider spoke to founder Kris Kimel about the decision to scale back, at least temporarily. Kimel said, “We just decided it’s time we stepped back and look at everything with an eye toward reimagining, rethinking the festival.”
The issue is largely a financial one. We need to come up with a sustainable financial plan. Trying to raise money each year is not a viable financial strategy,” Kimel said about the decision. “Every year, it’s been a struggle.”
That doesn’t mean that this year’s festival will lack top-notch presenters, though.
Some of the best-known speakers include:
John King of CNN who will be speaking on “Polarization: A View From the Front Lines.”
Anshu Gupta, Indian social entrepreneur and founder of Goonj, a Delhi-based nongovernmental organization, on “The Future of a Trash-Based Economy.”
Emily Dreyfuss (fun fact: daughter of Richard Dreyfuss), senior writer at Wired.
And Peter Gray, an American psychologist and professor at Boston College who explores how play makes children happier and better learners for life.
The rest of the presenters are available on the IdeaFestival website where you can also order passes. Festival passes are currently on sale for $249. Festival Pass pricing will increase and day passes will be available on Sept. 5.