2017 TEDxUniversityofTulsa Team
Organizers: Sam Beckmann (Left), Aaron Krusniak (Middle)
Licensee | Advisor: Charles Wood (Right)
Organizer Emeritus: Katie Snyder
Treasurer: Morgan Taylor
Creative Director: Darcy Elmore
Event Coordinator: Amelia Som de Cerff
Volunteer Coordinator: Aainaa Zulkamar
Graphic Designer: Julia Raine
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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)
In the fall of 2014, two students in the NOVA Fellowship at TU decided that they wanted to bring an event to campus that would showcase the talent of ideas of our students and faculty. Katie Snyder and Hannah Hutchison decided that TED's platform would be perfect for this purpose. They licensed TEDxUniversityofTulsa through TED, created a new organization through Student Association on campus, and organized the first ever half-day event. Each year, a new organizer is recruited to plan this event and make it a lasting part of the TU community.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference is held annually in different cities across the globe. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.