What is TED?

Ideas Worth Spreading. TED started in 1984 as a small nonprofit conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani,Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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What is TEDx?

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. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

The TEDxPSU Mission

TEDxPSU was brought to the Penn State community in 2010. The mission of the event is to bring together innovative and thought-provoking individuals from the Penn State community and the world to share ideas worth spreading. Using a blend of live talks and pre-recorded videos, TEDxPSU unites the University community and kicks off a dialogue about the challenges and opportunities facing our society. Follow TEDxPSU on Twitter or on Facebook.

Goals for TEDxPSU

  • Host a forum for gifted speakers and presenters with the desire and motivation to broadcast their unique messages and perspectives
  • Showcase the world-changing innovators and researchers at Penn State to help amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities
  • Inspire audience members to challenge preconceived notions, explore emerging trends, and contribute to an ongoing dialogue about the future
  • Support the spread of innovation, the advancement of ideas, and the stimulation of conversation among academics, students, professionals, and community members

Why Penn State?

  • Global Reach. As one of the largest universities with one of the largest alumni associations on the planet, we have the resources and opportunity to change the world through discussion and action.
  • Thinking Big. TEDxPSU will encompass Penn State thinkers, as well as local and national minds. Additionally, it will provide a platform for Penn Staters to share ideas with the rest of the world through the powerful outlet of TED.
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  • Innovative Ideas. TEDxPSU will feature the emerging ideas, perspectives, and concepts of passionate speakers that compel audiences to reassess and redefine their perspectives.
  • Interactive Experience. The result of TEDxPSU will be a continued conversation over the events, issues, and challenges facing society, and the roles that audience members can take in shaping the future of their communities, institutions, and the world.
  • Interdisciplinary Minds. TEDxPSU speakers will range from engineers and scientists to poets and composers speaking about technology, entertainment, design, science, business, global issues, philanthropy, and the arts. The event will provide audiences with a global perspective that defies cultural, academic, political, and geographic boundaries.