TEDx WesternU


What is TEDxWesternU?

TEDx is a world-renowned event that aims around the mantra “ideas worth spreading.” Using a mixture of live speakers and events, the conference has attracted celebrated figures from across all disciplines to speak to audiences on just about anything. Many universities have hosted their own TEDx events in recent years.

TED launched the TEDx program to help individuals, schools, and organizations create and host their own local, unofficial, TED-style events, using a mix of TED video and live speakers - and in doing so, release TED free to the world. Created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading," the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

How is a TEDx event different from a TED conference?

TED conferences are organized and run directly by TED. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. The goal of TEDx is to inspire a passion for spreading ideas in local communities from within.

Who is organizing this event?

A diverse and dedicated team of volunteers, ranging from students to administrative staff at Western University, has taken on planning TEDxWesternU. Building on the TED mission of Ideas Worth Spreading, we are combining our skills, interests, and expertise to deliver an outstanding experience to the student population at Western. We’d like to invite you to take part as well, so please visit our Application page and apply to volunteer.

Who will attend TEDxWesternU?

We would like the invite all students of Western University to complete an application for TEDxWesternU. After reviewing applications, 100 members of the student population will be invited as delegates to attend the event in person. Others are invited to view the event online via a web-based video stream, or at our live stream event on campus. Still more are encouraged to experience TEDxWesternU via the footage that will be uploaded online after the event.

Why does TEDxWesternU have an application process to attend?

TEDx is a self-organized event that is intended to bring a variety of backgrounds and perspectives together in a TED-inspired atmosphere. There are many guidelines as well as recommendations that TED provides to organizers to help create a TED-like experience at TEDx events. Among these, TED encourages prospective TEDx attendees to fill out applications forms in order to showcase their commitment to attending the event.

Candidates will be selected based solely on the content provided on the application form. Our team is not evaluating individuals, but rather their applications. It is a measure of one’s desire to attend and engage, as best we can determine from their answers to these simple questions. All applications will be reviewed, and we greatly appreciate everyone’s interest.

How will I know if my application has been accepted?

After the application review process is complete (mid-October), we’ll contact (via e-mail) those who we’d like to invite to be delegates at this year’s event. Upon accepting the invitation, invited delegates will be able to purchase a ticket for $30 (via a designated link). This ticket includes all conference sessions, snacks, lunch, and all applicable taxes. Please bring a copy of your ticket and your Student ID upon registration to McKellar Theatre on November 7th, 2015.

Why is there a fee to attend TEDxWesternU?

As TEDxWesternU is a non-profit organization, charging a fee helps ensure that we can sustain this event in the future. Our goal is to continue to grow TEDxWesternU to reach new and broader audiences each year and the money collected from ticket fees is allocated back to the conference to support such growth. However, we will not turn away accepted applicants who are unable to afford the event. A portion of tickets have been set aside for this circumstance.

How can I still be involved or view speakers if I did not receive an invitation?

We apologize that we’re unable to accommodate all who wish to attend TEDxWesternU and encourage all applicants to once again apply for next year’s conference. We’ll be holding a live streaming event and would love for you to join us. Please check the TEDxWesternU website for up-to-date information on locations. We’ll also create an Accepted Waiting List, in the event that invited delegates are unable to attend. You will be notified should your name move from the waiting list to our list of invited delegates. Additionally, we have a series of TEDxWesternU contests leader up to the event, which will give a few lucky students the chance to attend.

How can I get involved with this or a future TEDxWesternU event?

Following the event, application forms will be available on the TEDxWesternU website for those interested in applying to organize next years event. More information on this will be released at that point in time.

Who will speak at TEDxWesternU?

Our speakers list is still being finalized, however, we promise a variety of engaging and exciting presentations. Speakers will vary from seasoned experts in their fields, to everyday people have an intriguing story to tell. We expect quality speakers who can both educate and engage our attendees.

Where can I find out more about TEDTalks?

To learn more about TED or to view past TEDTalks at other conferences, we recommend you visit www.ted.com.