Ideas worth spreading is the motto of the well-known TED organization.
TED gathers creative people together with the simple intention to spread their innovational ideas among themselves and then with the rest of the world. Its videos on YouTube have millions of viewers and TED conferences cost up to 7500$ to attend. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Inspired admirers can organize independent, local TED-like events via the TEDx program.
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 a 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.
This year TEDx will meet AUBG. The inaugural TEDxAUBG event is organized by AUBG students for the community.
If you know TED or TEDx, you must be already thrilled by the idea.
The date is 20th of April. The seats are limited and media will be highly restricted. The speakers are still unknown.
Tim Koroteev, the initiator of TEDxAUBG, gives some further information on the upcoming event.
Can you give some information about the guests of TEDxAUBG? Will we be able to meet some of the well-known TED speakers?
So far, we are keeping the list of the guests as a surprise. I do not want to tell you much about them, because all the updates you will be able to find on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as on our website.
However, I can tell you that we tried to make a very diverse list of speakers. The topics they are going to talk about will be from different fields. Some of the speakers are Bulgarians, while some of them are coming from abroad.
Who is organizing the event? Is it entirely a student initiative?
The idea to organize the first TEDx event at AUBG was mine. Originally, I planned it as the new Student Government initiative, so that any SG member may help me organize it. Currently we have a team of 8 people – 5 SG members (Tim Koroteev, Timur Huseynov, Nikola Mladenovic, Dimitar Chatleski, and Sindi Shkodrani), SG webmaster (Igor Vasilachi), one student (Stefan Ivanovic), and one alumna (Lyudmila Uzunova).
We have a great team. However, when I understood how many students are eager to help with the organization, I decided to establish a TEDxAUBG club. I thought it would be fair to establish a club, and give an opportunity to any student/faculty member/staff to help us with organization of the TEDxAUBG conference. However, I would like to mention that we will have a limited amount of members in that club in order to organize our work more productively. All new members will need to submit an application form and pass an interview process.
How will the distribution of seats go?
Due to the guidelines established by the TED organization, we are not allowed to have more than 100 people in the audience. That is why we will have an application process for those who would love to attend our event. Any AUBG student/faculty member/alumni/staff can apply to attend the event. Good news for those who would not be able to be come – all the speeches will be recorded, and we will upload them on our website, which is coming out very soon!
The application process will start in the beginning of April, when more information about the speakers will be provided.
Can you give further details on the format of the event?
By the TED guidelines, we are required to show 2 prerecorded TEDTalks. We already have in mind some very interesting TEDTalks, so it will be exciting for the audience.
During coffee breaks and after the event everybody is more that welcome to approach our speakers and start a discussion with them.
Is there something else we should expect?
You should expect a great event with amazing speakers from different parts of the world sharing their ideas here at AUBG! Our team is working really hard to make our dream come true!
More about TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference inCalifornia26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; 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 TED Fellows 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.
For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visithttp://www.ted.com/registration
For more information on other TEDx events, visit http://www.ted.com/tedx