March 2, 2015
The Texas Tech University System will host the second TEDxTexasTechUniversity conference Feb. 28 in the Allen Theatre at the Student Union Building.
Conference organizers posed the question “What if?” and received responses from individuals with a wide range of experiences and diverse backgrounds. Nationally-recognized experts and entrepreneurs will share the stage with representatives of local and regional business, academic, faith and technology communities.
The list of speakers will include:
“The “What If?' theme of this year's conference represents the infinite possibility of the human mind, of human creativity and innovation,” said Aliza Wong, associate dean of the Texas Tech Honors College. “Our speakers have extraordinary stories to tell, visions to cast, passions to share and, more importantly, they now have a platform to provide this call to action to the TEDxTexasTechUniversity audience.
“Speakers will offer participants the inspiration to find their own voices, their own causes and dreams so TEDxTexasTechUniversity is not simply a display of rhetoric, but a movement of change and transformation.”
Designed to showcase the ideas and talents of Texas Tech and surrounding communities in engaging 18-minute presentations, 15 TEDxTexasTechUniversity presenters were selected from a pool of more than 70 applicants and include current undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, alumni and community members.
The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 ($10 for students). For more information and the complete speaker lineup, or to purchase tickets, visit the conference website.
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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)
TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world''s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.