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. (read more about TED)
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.)
What will define our future? Will it be our ability to share through social media, our quest to use Google to escape memorization, or the impact our consumer society will have on the environment?
The ever popular TEDxWakeForestU made its second appearance this Spring on February 23, 2013, with over 1,250 in attendance, and tackled these topics. The conference designed to encourage innovation and entrepreneurial activities in the Piedmont community and within the Wake Forest community of students and faculty. This year's theme was 'Defining our Future,' and featured several noteable speakers who gave both inspirational and motivational talks. One big highlight: the return of CollegeHumor.com co-f0under Ricky Van Veen ('03). Read more about our second successful TEDxWakeForestU here.
TEDxWakeForest U made its first debut in the Spring of 2012. Read more about Wake Forest's first TEDx event here.