Inspired by TEDxUSC? Here's how to start your own TEDx

Posted by: Tedstaff


On Monday in Southern California, more than 1,000 students, educators and TED fans met for a first-of-its-kind gathering in a new program that marries TED’s values with local, community energy: TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

On the program at TEDxUSC: a mix of TEDTalks and live speakers from around the community, including a few surprise guests (hello, Melissa Etheridge!). As one educator told TED’s Laura Galloway, “the campus tilted from all the students lined up outside of the auditorium.” The event was mounted by USC’s Stevens Institute for Innovation and supported in part by CNN. Some comprehensive and video-packed blog posts recap the event, including four reports from CNN.com’s SciTechBlog team (1, 2, 3, 4). Or capture the energy of the event on Twitter: TEDxUSC (link goes to Twitter search).

It was an inspiring, energizing program — and we’re hoping it inspires many more locally organized TEDx events, around the world. Want to get started? We’ve put together a comprehensive TEDx guide that helps you connect with TEDx resources, plan your event, and start sharing great ideas in your own community.

Visit the TEDx site to find out more >>

Photos by Steve Cohn, courtesy USC Stevens Institute for Innovation


Comments (1)

  • Camille Israel commented on Mar 25 2009

    There was a similar conference at the University of British Columbia last fall, inspired by TED, called Terry Talks. All of the speakers were UBC students, and a few TED videos were screened throughout the day. Already a big fan of TED, I attended and it was inspiring to hear my fellow students give such great talks. All the videos from the conference are online at the link above, I encourage you to check it out.