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TEDxOrangeCoast organizers on Monday announced the date and theme of this year's event in Costa Mesa.

The third annual fall conference, called "Beautiful Minds," will be held Sept. 20 and 21 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

TEDxOrangeCoast is an independent entity under license by the nonprofit TED, or Technology, Entertainment, Design, which promotes "ideas worth spreading."

According to the event website, "Beautiful Minds" will explore the answers to questions such as: "Is it the mind of the master who composes the music, the artist who interprets the notes or the enthusiast who appreciates its harmonies? Is it the mind of the complex genius or the simple child?"

"We are honored to bring forward-thinking speakers and innovators to Southern California," TEDxOrangeCoast Executive Producer Mojdeh Eskandari said in a prepared statement. "This is an extraordinary opportunity for our community to connect with highly engaged influencers, designers, educators and technologists."

The conference will also showcase winners of contests for adults and teens, as individuals or in teams. The teen challenge is new this year.

According to a news release, "The challenge asks entrants to conceive an 'idea worth doing' and present a plan to implement it. ... The winning project will be innovative and impactful and will be evaluated based on creativity, critical thinking and viability of the implementation plan."

Applications are being accepted through Aug. 30 for both challenges at http://www.tedxorangecoast.com.

Last year's conference, "Redefining Relevance," featured more than 25 speakers and performers and drew an audience of some 2,000 people at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Speakers for this year have not been announced.

Past years' speakers have included Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest; Jack Andraka, an award-winning high school student who discovered an early-detection process for pancreatic cancer; Dr. Richard Afable, president and chief executive of Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach; and Carl St.Clair, conductor of the Pacific Symphony.

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