About TEDxPhoenix

About TEDxPhoenix

In 2009, TED launched the TEDx program with the goal of bringing the TED experience to local communities around the world. In July of this year, the TED and TEDx communities celebrated 2000 events worldwide, and TEDxPhoenix is proud to be a part of a global community that is helping bring great ideas to towns and cities across the globe.

TEDxPhoenix is an evening event where engaging speakers from a variety of disciplines share their life's work, passions, and concepts through thought-provoking and entertaining talks that run between 3 to 15 minutes in length. The event combines live talks, musical performances, food, and opportunities to network and discover unexpected connections.

TEDxPhoenix is also a not-for-profit event that is brought to you by an incredibly dedicated group of unpaid volunteers and sponsors.

The theme for TEDxPhoenix 2015 is "Press Play" where we'll take a look at what it takes to drown out the noise, ignore the odds, and write your own adventure.

Ultimately TEDxPhoenix is an incubator for great ideas, a perfect opportunity to meet people who are doing interesting things, and a way to explore the interconnectivity that joins us. Our mission is simple, we want to gather the Valley's leading thinkers and doers and offer them one evening of remarkable talks, unexpected connections, and powerful insight and inspiration. Find out more about attending the event.

The Evolution of TEDxPhoenix

To understand TEDxPhoenix, it helps to understand TED. TED was started in 1984 and the abbreviation stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design—three broad subject areas whose convergence has collectively been shaping our lives for over 20 years.

As TED has grown, so too has its focus—in addition to the "T-E-D" in TED, you also have scientists, educators, entrepreneurs, social activists, adventurers, and business leaders sharing their ideas and passions with the world. All knowledge is connected, and TED has become a place where people emerge from their daily routines and open their minds to a whole new world of ideas, possibilities, and inspiration.

In 2001, British publisher Chris Anderson acquired TED from its founder, Richard Saul Wurman. Chris realized that the amazing people at TED were full of inspiration and possibility, and this collective energy could be used to help solve the real problems of the world whether it was the energy crisis, poverty, obesity, fraud, racism, sexism, diminishing forests, vanishing species, epidemics, education—you name it, and there's someone at TED doing something about it.

In 2006, TED began putting their most inspiring TEDTalks online in the hope of spreading compelling ideas throughout the world. In a five year span, TED grew from something that was only enjoyed by a few hundred people each year, to something that is enjoyed by 300,000 people each day.

In 2009, TED created the TEDx program to help bring the electric atmosphere of TED to cities around the world.

TEDxPhoenix is an independently organized, volunteer run, not-for-profit event. TED actually has little to do with the TEDxPhoenix event; they provide us with an organizer's toolkit and the TED brand in the form of the TEDx logo, while TEDxPhoenix volunteers organize all aspects of the event from finding speakers and attendees, to raising sponsor money.

The goal of TEDxPhoenix is to bring together a community of Arizona's brightest and most innovative thinkers who want to play a part in finding real solutions to our local and global problems; in the process, we hope to make our local communities a better place. TEDxPhoenix also plays a part in the global revolution in education that is being made possible by sharing our talks and knowledge with the world via the web.

Ultimately, TEDxPhoenix is being done for passion and for curiosity—we believe that collectively we can shape our future, and we want to provide people with knowledge, a rediscovery of wonder, and a sense of possibility.

We at TEDxPhoenix invite you to join us in making our local and global communities a better place through great ideas worth sharing.

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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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).

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives.

At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration

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