The University of South Carolina will bring together innovative thinkers and doers to share their ideas with the world during the inaugural TEDxUofSC conference.

TEDxUofSC is a conference hosted by the University of South Carolina for the greater Columbia community. The conference will highlight a series of short, powerful talks on innovative ideas that impact our world. TEDxUofSC will take place on our Columbia campus on Oct. 9, 2018, and will be open to the public as well as the university community. As fall approaches, stay tuned for the conference location, speaker lineup and ticket information.

TEDxUofSC 2018’s theme is “Create.” TEDxUofSC Create will inspire imagination in a complex and changing world. The event coincides with a yearlong university celebration that will include programming centered around creativity during the 2018-2019 academic year.

TEDxUofSC will be the first TEDx event at the university, but there is a strong legacy of TEDx programming in the Midlands. TEDxColumbiaSC ran from 2012 to 2015, with four sold-out shows and countless ideas spread. TEDxYouth@Columbia is a thriving program in more than 50 South Carolina schools.


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 TEDxUofSC, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUofSC 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.

About TED

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 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. TED's media initiatives include, 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.

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This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

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