TEDxSMU 2013 to stream live Saturday, Oct. 19

TEDxSMU is sold out, but its “ideas worth spreading” will live-stream on Saturday, Oct. 19.


DALLAS (SMU) – TEDxSMU returns to laptops, tablets and smart phones everywhere Saturday, Oct. 19, as the daylong mashup of big ideas, captivating talks and electrifying performances streams live.

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The fifth anniversary event is sold out, but will stream live from Dallas City Performance Hall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fans who didn’t snag a ticket can grab a coffee, find a couch and settle in at the official TEDxSMU 2013 Watch Party at Union, 5622 Dyer St, 75206 for a few talks or the whole day.

Since the live stream is free, “where to view” is up to the individual.

“The whole point of TEDxSMU is to start great conversations,” said Heather Hankamer, TEDxSMU director.  “But we can only fit so many people into City Performance Hall. And I’m the first to admit that there’s a certain appeal to watching great TEDxSMU talks in your bunny slippers. The live stream lets you do that.”

This year’s presenters range from scientists who will lift the lid on global health, the sleep gene and cyber security, to explorers who take the audience from geothermal wells in Peru to the summit of Mount Everest, and to an artist who will explain the mysteries of astrophysics through images. Two Bit Circus opens the program shortly after 10 a.m., but it’s pretty hard to explain the group’s carnival-style theatrics except to say the duo frequently uses robots, fire and lasers.

Find more at www.tedxsmu.org. Here’s the full schedule:

TEDxSMU Saturday, October 19, 2013

Session One, 10 a.m. - noon

Two Bit Circus - imagine a carnival with robots, fire and lasers   

Rachel Chong – building a new model for philanthropy 

Andrés Ruzo – National Geographic Young Explorer

Ken Berry - robotics and STEM education specialist, UT Dallas

DaVerse Lounge – spoken-word poetry

Rena Pederson - journalist, author and foreign relations guru

Judith Allen - education innovator, Dallas Communities in Schools

Eric Bing – global health visionary, George W. Bush Institute director, SMU professor


Lunch Break: noon - 1:15pm


Session Two, 1:15 - 3:10 p.m.

Afshan Khan - President and Chief Executive Officer, Women for Women International

Katie Spotz – adventurer and water activist

Pamela Nelson - Dallas artist and art advocate

Nicole Stewart – storytelling is her passion

Dan Goods – visual strategist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab

Joseph Takahashi - sleep gene genius, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Fred Chang – renowned cyber security expert, SMU’s Lyle School


Break 3:10 – 4 p.m.

Session Three, 4 - 5:50pm

Michael Sorrell – president of Paul Quinn College on the new urban college model

Biff Palmer - UT Southwestern doctor, mountain conqueror 

Pat Walsh – retired U.S. Navy admiral talks tsunamis

LyAnna Smith – SMU graduate student on fostering hope

DeVonric Johnson - actor, athlete, mentor

Vanessa Ramirez - education game changer, KIPP Houston Public Schools

Dave Lieber – humorist, Dallas Morning News columnist

  UT Musical Theatre Ambassadors - ensemble of young performers   

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Bringing together ideas and interesting people from around the world and around the corner, TEDxSMU and TEDxKids @SMU are single-day conferences in Dallas, TX and is now in its fifth year.

TEDxKids @SMU (the first TEDx event designed for students) hosts 450 middle school students for a free four-hour conference in exchange for completing four hours of community service. TEDxKids @SMU is scheduled for October 18 at City Performance Hall.

TEDxSMU programming ranges from personal discussions of physical and mental journeys to demonstrations of high-tech gadgetry and inspirational musical performances. Great visuals are the common denominator. Modeled on the TED (Technology, Engineering and Design) conference mounted annually in Long Beach, Cal., TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

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.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 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 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, Cal. (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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, visit www.ted.com/registration

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