What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDx[name], where x = independently organized TED event.
At our TEDxBirmingham event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
TEDxBirmingham is an independent, volunteer effort operated under license from TED. Through various initiatives – including a daylong main event, smaller salon events, and more – TEDxBirmingham strives to foster the diffusion of ideas in order to spark conversations and innovations that lead to a better Birmingham.
At a TEDxBirmingham event, speakers from a variety of backgrounds – none of whom are paid – share a bold, new idea through a short talk of 18 minutes or less. The events also feature artistic performances and hands-on, interactive experiences. The participants at a TEDxBirmingham event represent a cross disciplinary mix of people, ranging from civic and business leaders to educators, technologists, artists, and more.
Got an idea?
We're inviting anyone with an idea worth spreading to apply to speak at TEDxBirmingham. What is an idea worth spreading? Chris Anderson, the curator of TED, explains TED's broad definition of an idea in TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking:
"It doesn't have to be a scientific breakthrough, a genius invention, or a complex legal theory. It can be a simple how-to. Or a human insight illustrated with the power of a story. Or a beautiful image that has meaning. Or an event you wish might happen in the future. Or perhaps just a reminder of what matters most in life."
Many of the applications we receive are lectures, personal stories, and motivational talks. These types of talks, while meaningful, are not the focus for TEDxBirmingham. We are looking for talks that demonstrate new ways of approaching old problems, challenges to the status quo, fascinating research, and innovative technology and design. What we’re not looking for: business proposals, fundraising pitches, self-promoters, or motivational speakers.
Inventors, teachers, artists, scientists, change agents, storytellers, big-picture thinkers, prodigies, performers, makers, technologists… it's time to share your idea with our community.