SMU is Organizing TEDx

Whoa. Whoa! Stop right there. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is one of the most prominent conferences in the world. Tickets to attend the invitation only event are $6,000 and they are sold out one year in advance. Presenters have included people like Bill Gates, Al Gore, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Richard Dawkins. Because our only chance of seeing TED Talks is online, and "in the spirit of ideas worth spreading," TEDx has been creeping up in local areas like London, Paris, Boston, and now Dallas!

TEDx logoSMU is organizing its own TEDx program. TEDxSMU will pose the question, "What Will Change Everything?" to innovators, thought leaders and activists on Oct. 10 on SMU's campus. Each speaker is given a max 18 minutes to present their idea.

It shouldn't work, but it does. It works because all of knowledge is connected. - The TED Conference

Attendance is by application only. The cost to attend is $100, and includes the all-day conference, lunch and a Saturday evening event. 480 people will be selected to attend the live event and another 500 people can watch the event by simulcast. Spend some time on the application. I only wish I hadn't sent mine out right after reading the news at 1am in bed. Eh. I was excited!

Apply now to attend TEDxSMU.

Southern Methodist University - www.smu.edu
Hughes Trigg Student Center
3140 Dyer St.

TED is therefore best thought of as a global community. It's a community welcoming people from every discipline and culture who have just two things in common: they seek a deeper understanding of the world, and they hope to turn that understanding into a better future for us all.

What would you say if you only had 18 minutes? How would you inspire others?

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11 Responses to “SMU is Organizing TEDx”

  1. Jennifer - Great catch, the TED stuff is really fascinating and I'd like to see the in person stuff become more accessible so hopefully this will catch on.

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  3. This is a wonderful idea and I'm really excited about the kids' versions! I love the way they have those set up - with the kids doing volunteer work to 'pay' for their tickets! That's awesome!

  4. This is a wonderful idea and I'm really excited about the kids' versions! I love the way they have those set up - with the kids doing volunteer work to 'pay' for their tickets! That's awesome!

  5. I filled mine out about two months ago (and I really did take a lot of time on the application) unfortunately SMU still managed to find 980 other (more interesting) people to attend. Not one of the three friends I know that applied got an invite. I guess getting radio airplay to promote an event can do that!

    Enough whining though...

    The main reason I wanted to go was to organize "Ted Heads" an in person meeting of the minds to discuss the sorts of subjects that TED covers, year round on a regular basis. (Sort of a modern day Cabaret Voltaire every Friday or Saturday night perhaps?) Email me if you would like to help organize a regular meeting for TED enthusiasts that will extend to the entire community, and not be just for those lucky few still in academia. steven(dot)ivy(at)gmail(dot)com

    I plan to be outside the lecture on October 10th gathering email addresses if any of my fellow rejects care to help out. Thanks Steve

  6. am interested in learning about Ted x Kids. if anyone could forward info - contacts i would appreciate..

    I was hoping to bring something of a Dallassian version of TED at the North American Technology Festival back in 2002 - 2003... its great to see TED going Global and youthful!...

    1. From what I know it was the first TEDxKids in the world! Depending on what info you are looking for, my guess would be to contact the organizers at SMU.

      Also, there are talks of having TED Tuesday's at CoHabitat. I'll post more information when I hear it has been scheduled.

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