TEDxSMU 2012 offers live webcasts Nov. 30-Dec. 1

TEDxSMU and its companion event, TEDxKids @SMU, return for another celebration of “Ideas Worth Spreading” Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2012, in a new and larger venue: Dallas City Performance Hall. Both events will be streamed live as free webcasts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the TEDxSMU website.

Speakers include New York Times Magazine-lauded playwright and Meadows Prize winner Will Power, PBS KIDS marketing guru Lesli Rotenberg, “Pay It Forward” leader Charley Johnson and dozens of other speakers.

The TEDxSMU program is built around rapid-fire, highly visual talks and performances, all wrapped around a theme this year of re:THINK. Among the presenters is Christian Genco of Colleyville, Texas – an SMU senior computer science major who has created a unique experiment in playing music by sampling various foods. Genco will be a presenter at both TEDxSMU and TEDxKids @SMU. Click the YouTube screen to watch him play The Star-Spangled Banner with fruits, vegetables and a beverage straw, or click this link to see Christian Genco’s performance in a new window.

“We are just pumped about the speakers and topics this year,” said TEDxSMU Executive Director Sharon Lyle. “This is our fourth year, now, and we can track real change in the Dallas area tied to people who were inspired to act after attending TEDxSMU. I can’t tell you how exciting that is.”

Tickets sales for TEDxSMU 2012 are closed, but the live-stream is free and designed to help the conversations that start at TEDxSMU get bigger, travel further and find new audiences.

Written by Kimberly Cobb

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TEDxSMU heads to the Hilltop for first SMU-only event

TEDxSMU logoTEDxSMU Hilltop is coming to the University’s Bob Hope Theatre on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 – a free, SMU-only mashup of performance, technology and great talks that will spotlight “Ideas Worth Spreading” here on campus. The Lyle School of Engineering and Meadows School of the Arts will join to present high-energy talks and performances that tap the talents of the SMU community.

The half-day conference will run from 1-5 p.m., punctuated by a half-hour conversation break in the middle of the afternoon. By limiting the audience to the SMU community and staging the event in a campus theater, TEDxSMU is bringing home the kind of event that started with the first TEDxSMU conference in 2009.

TEDxSMU Hilltop is open to everyone on the SMU campus – students, faculty and staff – but it’s first-come, first served. Register here and bring your SMU ID to the event.

The program’s theme is re:THINK and will feature presentations from four students, four faculty members, four staff members and four SMU alumni. While the program is nearly booked, the TEDxSMU tradition incorporates the opportunity to participate from the stage. Nominate yourself or suggest a speaker here.

Confirmed presenters so far include:

Jonathon WentzJonathan Wentz, the SMU student equestrian who may still be shaking off jet lag after representing the United States in London at the 2012 Paralympics in a competition he describes as “horse ballet.”

Hank HammettHank Hammett, the Meadows Opera Theatre director who will explain the need to make opera more relevant to today’s audiences, based on the unique “Opera in a Box” program he has created at the University.

Brandon LazarusBrandon Lazarus, a graduate student in the Perkins School of Theology who thinks networking ought to be about bettering the community instead of ourselves.


TEDxSMU premiered on the SMU campus in 2009 at Caruth Auditorium, one of the first university events licensed as an independently organized “TEDx” event by the nonprofit organization that hosts the TED conference annually in Long Beach.

Kimberly Cobb

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TEDxSMU returns for 2010 with live webcasts Oct. 15-16

Photo from TEDxSMU 2009

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.)

> Find a complete Idea Week schedule at SMU News
> Visit the TEDxSMU home page

TEDxSMU hosts live webcast Sept. 20

Jeff TalleyTEDxSMU and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth are bringing a live webcast of New York-based TEDxChange, a TED-styled discussion of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, to the SMU campus Sept. 20.

“The Future We Make” begins with registration at 9 a.m. CT in SMU’s Collins Executive Education Center, with the Dallas response and a luncheon scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m.

The event marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the 8 goals set out to tackle global issues such as poverty, child mortality and disease by 2015. Convened by Melinda French Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the program will look at changes in the last decade and action necessary to ensure the health and well-being of future generations. TED curator Chris Anderson will moderate.

At a luncheon following the conclusion of the webcast, Robert Freling, executive director of the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), will present a response from the SMU stage, “Energy for All: Powering the Millennium Development Goals.”

Tickets are $20 each for the program, $35 with lunch included, and are available through the World Affairs Council Box Office at www.dfwworld.org.

(Above, Jeff Talley, environmental and civil engineering chair and Bobby B. Lyle Professor of Leadership and Global Entrepreneurship in the Lyle School of Engineering, speaks at TEDxSMU 2009. Watch the video. video)

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