Inaugural “Idea Week” Launches With 22 Free-to-the-Public Events

Events Showcase Some of Dallas’ Most Exciting Ideas Worth Sharing

(DALLAS) – Creators of the widely acclaimed TEDxSMU announce the launch of Idea Week, a week of 31 events from Oct. 11 – Oct. 17 aimed at widening access to the TED experience and philosophy of bringing people together to share ideas worth spreading. The week features multiple daily events – many of which are free to the public - designed to spotlight some of the most exciting conversations occurring throughout Dallas.

“There is a growing hunger for new ideas, new ways of thinking and doing: the overwhelming appeal TEDxSMU developed in one year proves that,” said TEDxSMU producer and Idea Week co-founder Sharon Lyle. “But, there’s just too much creativity out there, and too much opportunity to limit people to a single event that happens once a year. Idea Week begins to fill that need, giving Dallas a platform for showing off more of the smart conversations already occurring in Dallas.”

The events are presented in a variety of formats, ranging from moderated discussions in restaurants to 20-second presentations, “speed ideating,” public performance art and more. Some early participants include groups like Big Thought, Carrotmob, Cyclesomatic/Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, Dallas Social Venture Partners, D Magazine, Pecha Kucha Dallas, Spark Club, and SMU Skunkworks Innovation Gym.


10/12 - 6 - 7 pm - Fashion 2.0 Dallas Launch. Online media is drastically changing the fashion industry and the way consumers interact with fashion brands. Meet the people that lead the fashion revolution online - fashion bloggers, new media publishers, entrepreneurs, industry insiders, fashion PR reps, and web savvy trendsetters. Kenichi, 2400 Victory Park Lane. NOT A PUBLIC EVENT - Fashion industry professionals only with an online presence. RSVP required.

10/14 - 6 - 8 pm - Digital Dallas Launch Digital and creative professionals share what’s new and amazing being worked on now. La Grange, 2704 Elm Street. NOT A PUBLIC EVENT - Free to technology/creative professionals. RSVP required.

10/15 - 12:30 - 5 pm - TEDxKIDS @ SMU Second annual TEDx event for students. Watch the explosion of what happens when you put TED speakers in the room with 410 middle and high school students. Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora. SOLD OUT. Live streaming from 1-5 pm at

10/16, 9 am - 6 pm - TEDxSMU Bringing together ideas and interesting people from around the world and around the corner exploring issues around human survival and how we move beyond merely surviving to creating vibrant, healthy communities Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora. SOLD OUT. Live streaming 10 am - 6 pm at

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