TEDxSMU returns to Dallas in October 2010
DALLAS — TEDxSMU, the high octane think-fest that builds bridges between technology and the human spirit, is coming back to Dallas in October 2010.
Just like last year, organizers are planning a half-day program for middle school students, TEDxKids @SMU, on Friday, Oct. 15 and the full-day program for adults, TEDxSMU, on Saturday, Oct 16. But this year both conferences will take place at the new AT&T Performing Arts Center Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in downtown Dallas – a dynamic venue that will allow TEDxSMU to provide an even more compelling experience.
Joshua Prince Ramus, partner in charge for the Wyly Theatre, designed by REX/OMA, spoke about the project at TEDxSMU in 2009. His demonstration of the theater’s spacebending capabilities convinced the TEDxSMU team that the Wyly was the only place for this year’s events. Ramus’ demonstration and other TEDxSMU speakers from 2009 can be viewed at www.TEDxSMU.org/Talks.
"Last fall, we were thrilled to see TEDxSMU and TEDxKids @SMU so warmly welcomed by the North Texas community,” said event co-chair Carole Young. Added husband and cochair Jim Young, “We are delighted to be a part of its return by popular demand. The Wyly will be the perfect venue for another mind-blowing, fantastic experience for both adults and kids."
“The AT&T Performing Arts Center is pleased to partner with TEDx and SMU to bring this conference to the Wyly Theatre,” said Mark Nerenhausen, president/CEO of the AT&T PAC. “The Wyly Theatre itself is the manifestation of some of the most radical architectural thinking of our generation, and therefore, provides the perfect setting for TEDxSMU, which spurs innovative thinking in a variety of subjects.”
The 2009 TEDxSMU event played host to 31 speakers and 475 guests at Southern Methodist University’s Caruth Auditorium during a full day conference themed, “What Will Change Everything?” Scientists, photographers, humanitarians and inventors used images, gadgets, words and numbers to shake assumptions about what human beings are capable of. And nobody got more than 18 minutes to do it – nobody.
TEDxKids brought many of the same speakers from the adult conference to an audience of 337 students from 37 different public, private, charter and home schools. The students were admitted at no charge in exchange for a pledge to complete four hours of community service. They loved the “mathemagician,” and private space explorer Anousheh Ansari was a hit. But the chance to climb the stage and confess “My Parents Don’t Know…” was a show-stopper for kids expecting just another school field trip.
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TEDGlobal 2010, "And Now the Good News," will be held July 13-16, 2010, in Oxford, UK. TED2011, "The Rediscovery of Wonder," will be held February 28-March 4, 2011, in Long Beach, California, with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs, California.
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