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January 21, 2022

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Valparaiso University will be hosting the 7th Annual TEDxValparaisoUniversity event on Friday, January 21, 2022. The theme of the event is Launch. 


This topic encompasses what we should do going forward with race, income, and the environment conversations following one of the biggest pandemics ever. We know how to act in the current environment, but how do we move on? How does our society continue to advance? Specifically, talks that fit this theme would provide actionable insight and guidance to not be content with current situations, but rather approach them with the mindset of surging forward intentionally.

2022 Speaker Application

Valparaiso University will be hosting the 7th Annual TEDxValparaisoUniversity event on Friday, January 21, 2022. The theme of the event is Launch.  We are seeking programs on a wide variety of topics that are founded in the TED spirit of “an idea worth sharing.” Submissions are encouraged from any student, faculty, or staff member.

The TEDxValparaisoUniversity Speaker Application can be found here, and all submissions are due October 15, 2021. Any further questions regarding submitting a program proposal can be directed to Anthony Luciano, Director of Programs at tedx.programs@valpo.edu.

TEDxValparaisoUniversity Mission

TEDxValparaisoUniversity is a forward–thinking, student–led event. Aiming to challenge convention with a constructive attitude, we hope to inspire change and innovation that spreads beyond the Northwest Indiana campus.

Why Partner with TEDxValparaisoUniversity?

TED and TEDx Events and Content continue to be the center of focus for thought leaders and future leaders serving Northwest Indiana, across the country, and around the world. Partnering with TEDxValparaisoUnversity gives your business the opportunity to link with a prestigious name and show the area community that your company is part of the movement to ask questions, uncover passions, and spark innovation. Don’t miss your opportunity to partner with TEDxValparaisoUniversity.

What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown into a global platform for identifying and spreading world-changing ideas. The annual TED Conference and TEDGlobal Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak about their Big Ideas for up to 18 minutes. And their talks are then made available for free at TED.com and through TED distribution partners.

What is TEDx?

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 videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussions and connections in a small group.

Independently organized TED events are branded TEDx, with the “x” indicating that the event is independent. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program; however, individual TEDx events are all self-organized—but also subject to certain rules and regulations.

What makes a TED or TEDx event unique from other similar conferences?

Unlike other conferences, TED is a learning experience more akin to interval training on a treadmill or elliptical. You can expect deep-dive sessions featuring interdisciplinary speakers, followed by extended breaks that allow you to take in all the inspiration and insight while connecting with other attendees. This cycle repeats itself throughout the day.