You've heard of TED talks. They're the conferences featuring speakers like Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, and J.J. Abrams, whose quick, punchy presentations are about all kinds of topics branching out from the core areas of technology, entertainment, and design (TED). Some of the most popular TED talks have been about motivation, leadership, body language, and how schools might kill creativity.
But what is a TEDx event? It's an independently-run event done in the spirit of the original TED events. And there's a big one happening in Memphis later this summer.
On August 29, 2015, at Rose Theatre at The University of Memphis, about a dozen speakers will show up to give dynamic talks about their own "ideas worth spreading". Right now, all of the info seems to be pretty hush-hush, but I was able to find out that the speakers will likely be a mix of Memphians and non-Memphians, but will likely have some tie to the city. Everything is subject to change, so don't hold me (or anyone) to that, though.
Aside from giving locals the opportunity to hear interesting, inspiring individuals with unique ideas, the whole thing will be recorded for inclusion on TEDx's website, meaning that the Memphis event will be accessible to people from all over the world.
In my opinion, taking this "loving local" idea and expanding it to connect with groups, outlets, and people from other places is an important part of the process of making Memphis a better place. The idea that these talks will be filmed and shared is the most interesting part of this event, at least to me. I'm excited to see who the speakers will be.
Most TEDx events around the world charge admission fees to cover costs, but ticket prices for the TEDxMemphis event have not been released. Right now, tedxmemphis.com is just a splash site, but the full site and more details will be coming soon.
August 29, 2015
Michael D. Rose Theatre
The University of Memphis
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
I Love Memphis via http://www.ilovememphisblog.com/2015/06/save-the-date-tedx-talks-in-memphis/