TEDxSMU To Create An Intellectual Circus

August 27, 2009  

By Laura Noble
lnoble@smu.edu

While some say great minds think alike, the TEDx event coming to SMU in October says diversity of thought is what will bring together this group of great minds.

Standing for Technology, Entertainment and Design, TED is an annual, internationally known conference bringing together minds from the three arenas.

Since 1984, TED speakers have ranged from business gurus like Bill Gates and Sir Richard Branson to creative big names like Bono and Phillipe Starck.

Marking the first of its kind at SMU and in Dallas, TEDxSMU will bring innovators from around the world for an interactive day of mini-lectures focusing on the theme “What Will Change Everything?”

October 10th’s speakers will include a range of participants from the symphonic rock group Polyphonic Spree to William Kamkwamba, the Malawi native who taught himself to build windmills so his hometown could have water.

TEDxSMU representative Sharon Lyle believes that students won’t just get a lot from the day but will also be able to contribute a fresh perspective to the discussion.

“Being in study mode and learning mode adds to the dynamic nature of the day,” said Lyle.

A limited number of tickets remain and those interested must apply to participate by Monday, August 31.

Once accepted, the $100 ticket price will grant admission to Saturday’s daylong discussions and the culminating evening party.

For more information and to apply, visit the TEDxSMU website at www.TEDxSMU.org. Follow TEDxSMU on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TEDxSMU.

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