About TED & TEDx
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design––three areas that are collectively shaping our future. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, and made available for free on TED.com. Past TED speakers include Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Simon Sinek, Sir Richard Branson, Sarah Silverman, Al Gore, Stephen Hawking, and Salman Khan.
TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event, is a program created by TED to bring communities together by sharing TED-like experiences locally. At a TEDx event, hand-picked live speakers combine with TED Talk videos to spark deep discussions and human connection. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized and subject to certain rules and regulations.
TEDxUF strives to connect the bold ideas of both the University of Florida and the greater Gainesville community. The University of Florida is rising as a current top ten public institution, producing cutting edge research and students entering the workforce at highly competitive levels. Combining this energized, top-tier research community with the vibrant artistic and cultural community of Gainesville creates a unique audience for TEDxUF.
As we head into our tenth year, we are dreaming bigger, bolder, and more audaciously than ever before. We plan on incorporating themed Salon events, TEDx adventures of volunteering and service trips, and a networking app to connect attendees, speakers, and sponsors before, during, and after our conference. This year, our mark on the University of Florida and the greater Gainesville community will leave a resounding impact in the hearts and minds of our audience–– and we can’t wait for you to join us.