TEDx in a Box is a toolkit with all the gear needed to host a TEDx event in the developing world — projector, speakers and more, packed in a shippable box. The TEDx in a Box program launched last year with 10 boxes, powering events in India, Bangladesh, South Africa, Brazil and Ecuador. (Among them were TEDxGawair, in the Gawair slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh, organized by Masarat Daod, and TEDxKliptown in South Africa, in a community that does not have formal housing, running water or electricity.)
For phase two of the project, TEDx teamed up with IDEO.org to rethink TEDx in a Box. IDEO.org fellows Emily Friedberg, Marika Shioiri-Clark and Robin Bigio interviewed the first class of TEDx in a Box event organizers and found six key things they wanted:
more help explaining TEDx to their community
to cater to bigger audiences
to be able to create their own content
a simpler box technology
help planning the event beyond just setting up the box
a more easily transported box
The result, TEDx in a Box 2.0, is a multi-use organizational system with color-coded, icon-specific graphics that make it easy to set up a TEDx event anywhere. The box includes a projector, a PA system, a DVD player, a battery and inverter, two camcorders and a tripod, a power strip and an SD card. The Quickstart Guide guides the event organizer to charge the system, set it up to watch a TEDTalk and host live speakers, with or without slides.
The next step? Build a few boxes, and send them out to TEDx communities around the globe.
Follow the IDEO.org fellows on their TEDx in a Box creation journey on the IDEO.org Blog >>