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TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share ideas worth spreading. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. 

TEDxFulbright is for the Fulbright alumni community:

  • Inaugural TEDxFulbright -- in Cambridge, Massachusetts in April 24, 2012.  
  • Second TEDxFulbright -- Frankfurt, Germany on November 11, 2012


Background on TED:
TED began in 1984 as a conference devoted to the converging fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design (hence its name). Over the years, the scope has broadened and the ambition level constantly raised. We now seek to bring together the world's leading thinkers and doers, no matter what field of endeavor they are working in. All knowledge is connected and TED has become the place where you can discover leading edge thinking in numerous fields, and how this relates to your own life and work. For many attendees, the result is: delicious, unexpected connections; extraordinary insights; powerful inspiration.

What began as a for-profit endeavor, in 1984, was sold in 2001 to Chris Anderson's private foundation, devoted to leveraging the power of ideas to help make a better world. Since then TED has begun distributing its content online, free to the world.

TEDx presentations are no more than 18 minutes: long enough to say something of significance, but short enough to hold everyone's attention and to be easily watched over the Internet. While 18 minutes may be shorter than you're used to, this TED format has proven a carefully prepared talk of this length can have astonishing impact. An additional benefit of speaking at TEDx is that your presentation will be made available online following the conference at, and possibly on, where some talks have been attracting audiences in the hundreds of thousands or even millions. 


 These 10 tips are the heart of a great TEDTalk.

  1. Dream big. Strive to create the best talk you have ever given. Reveal something never seen before. Do something the audience will remember forever. Share an idea that could change the world.
  2. Show us the real you. Share your passions, your dreams ... and also your fears. Be vulnerable. Speak of failure as well as success.
  3. Make the complex plain. Don't try to dazzle intellectually. Don't speak in abstractions. Explain! Give examples. Tell stories. Be specific. 
  4. Connect with people's emotions. Make us laugh! Make us cry! 
  5. Don't flaunt your ego. Don't boast. It’s the surest way to switch everyone off. 
  6. No selling from the stage! Unless we have specifically asked you to, do not talk about your company or organization. And don't even think about pitching your products or services or asking for funding from stage. 
  7. Feel free to comment on other speakers, to praise or to criticize. Controversy energizes! Enthusiastic endorsement is powerful! 
  8. If possible, don't read your talk. Notes are fine. But if the choice is between reading or rambling, then read! 
  9. You must end your talk on time. Doing otherwise is to steal time from the people that follow you. We won’t allow it. 
  10. Rehearse your talk in front of a trusted friend ... for timing, for clarity, for impact.

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