TEDxVillanovaU is part of the TEDx program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share ideas. Borrowing the template from the world-renowned TED conference, TEDxVillanovaU aims to bring a TED-like experience to Villanova University.
TEDxVillanovaU will feature live speakers from the Villanova University community sharing ideas based on the theme “Let’s Imagine,” an appropriate theme for a conference devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.”
The conference will include the most imaginative minds of Villanova to portray this year’s theme. Villanova’s vision is to showcase the most fascinating thinkers and doers from Villanova for a stimulating day of presentations, discussions, entertainment and art that will spark new ideas, innovations and opportunities across all disciplines.
And true to the format of the TED conference, TEDxVillanovaU presenters will “Let’s Imagine” in 15 minutes or less.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
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.)
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, Nanden Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okono-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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