TED ( Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a nonprofit organization started in 1984 which is devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Their two annual conferences — held in Long Beach/Palm Springs and Edinburgh, Scotland — feature some of the world’s most remarkable thinkers and innovators who are given 18 minutes or less each to give the talk of their lives. (As you might expect, TED Talks often go viral. You can see a ranking of the popularity of over 600 TED Talks here.)
TEDx programs are local, self-organized events designed to give people access to a “TED-like experience” (where x=independently organized TED event). The TED Conference only provides general guidance for a TEDx program. On Saturday, February 23, 2013, there will be a TEDx event right here in Pittsburgh: TEDxGrandviewAve.
From the website:
We named TEDxGrandviewAve in the spirit of Grandview Avenue, that singular street that stretches across Mount Washington. Standing on Grandview Avenue, you can see the history of industry on which we have built nationally recognized brands and nation-spanning companies. You can see the concerted efforts of our fellow men and women manifested in the productive bustle filling stone and steel and glass. Just as we witness this industriousness in our own professional lives, TEDxGrandviewAve will celebrate how Pittsburgh, as an exceptional whole, stands on the Edge of Innovation.
TEDxGrandviewAve is looking for both speakers and sponsors for next year’s event. You can also fill out a form on their website now to request an invitation to the event. Below, is a video of TED Curator Chris Anderson explaining more about the concept of the TEDx program.