TEDxSMU and its companion event, TEDxKids @SMU, will celebrate “Ideas Worth Spreading” Oct. 15-16, 2010, in the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Both events will be streamed live as free webcasts from the TEDxSMU website.
TEDxKids @SMU (the first TEDx event designed for students) hosts 350 middle school students for a free four-hour conference, in exchange for completing four hours of community service. The 575 TEDxSMU attendees must apply and be selected in order to participate in the full-day conference.
All TEDxSMU speakers will follow the TED format of using no more than 18 minutes to give “the talk of their lives,” often with astounding visuals and demonstrations. Performances and lectures will range from “The Rap Guide to Evolution” to a frontline discussion of global threats posed by infectious diseases and demonstrations of high-tech gadgetry.
TEDxKids sports an even faster format than the adult version, delivering 15 speakers in four hours. The young participants also tap into kinetic presentations on topics ranging from the science of yo-yos to space exploration.
This year’s events are highlights of Idea Week, which runs through Oct. 17. Idea Week extends the TED philosophy of bringing people together to share ideas. It features multiple daily events – many of which are free to the public – designed to spotlight some of the most exciting conversations occurring throughout Dallas. Early participants include groups like Big Thought, Cyclesomatic, Spark Club, TITAS, Dallas Social Venture Partners, D Magazine and Pecha Kucha Dallas.
“TEDxSMU has really taken on a life of its own,” said producer Sharon Lyle. “There’s just too much creativity out there, and too much opportunity to limit people to a single event that happens once a year. We want to use the TEDx anchor event as a springboard for a conversation that keeps on going.”
(Above, a shot of the action from TEDxSMU 2009.)