TedxUofSC large letters sitting on the bricks of the historic horseshoe.


The University of South Carolina gathers innovative thinkers and doers together to share ideas with the greater community during TEDxUofSC.

TEDxUofSC went virtual in 2020! South Carolina hosted its first virtual TEDxUofSC for the greater Columbia and university communities on Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Broadcast via Facebook Live from the Columbia campus, the popular event was free and open to anyone in the world. More than 600 people registered for the online event. Thank you to our event partner, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, for helping us share our values of innovation and inspiration.

October's collection of talks was the second TEDx event held at the university, building on the inaugural TEDxUofSC 2018 gathering. The Midlands legacy of TEDx programs also includes TEDxColumbiaSC, which hosted four sold-out programs from 2012 to 2015, and TEDxYouth@Columbia, a program in more than 50 South Carolina schools.

2020 Speakers


TEDxUofSC 2018

On Oct. 9, 2018, the University of South Carolina brought together innovative thinkers and doers to share their ideas with the world for the inaugural TEDxUofSC.  The event was a half-day experience that included 12 short, powerful TEDx talks, two artistic performances and an afternoon of inspiration.


What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED created an initiative called TEDx, which features self-organized, community-based events that bring people together within a TED-like experience. TEDxUofSC is an independently organized TEDx event that features TED Talks video as well as local speakers, which combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

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, for 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. 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; and 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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TEDxUofSC is operated under license from TED. For questions, email tedxuofsc@sc.edu