It maybe Spring Break here in Dallas, but the TEDxSMU team is hard at work polishing up the website and planning our next events!
Check out our calendar for the most up-to-date information: TEDxSMU Calendar
Join us for a FREE simulcast of the TED conference from March 17 – 21! Register here: TED Live Tickets
TEDxKids @SMU is back for it’s 5th year at the Dallas City Performance Hall on October 18th!
Planning is well underway and now we are looking for a young person to delight us with a short talk or performance!
Boys and girls ages 10 to 18 are welcome to submit a video that is no longer than 90 seconds. We want your best story, your latest invention, your funniest moment or your talented performance. Almost anything goes and the winner will be invited to perform during TEDxKids @SMU on October 18th!
Submissions will open August 1st and close on August 31st. After submissions close a panel of judges will review every video and select a group of finalist. Those videos will be posted on our website and open to the public to vote for their 1 favorite, one vote per email address. Voting will open September 3rd and close September 9th and we will announce the winner on September 10th.
Please apply here: http://www.tedxsmu.org/tedxkids-smu-2013-auditions/
Here’s a PDF version of the program for this year’s TEDxSMU conference. If you don’t have a ticket for the live conference next Saturday, be sure to tune in online and watch the livestream right here on our website! TEDxSMU Program
Keeping with the game and play theme we watched Stuart Brown’s talk: Play is more fun
Stuart Brown’s book- Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul
This week we watched Jane McGonigal’s talk: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life:
Books related to the talk:
What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy by James Paul Gee
Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal
This week we watched David MacKay’s talk A Reality Check on Renewables:
How much land mass would renewables need to power a nation like the UK? An entire country’s worth. In this pragmatic talk, David MacKay tours the basic mathematics that show worrying limitations on our sustainable energy options and explains why we should pursue them anyway. (Filmed at TEDxWarwick.)
For more information about his book: www.withouthotair.com
It’s hard to believe it’s already back-to-school time. We’ve had a great summer planning our fall events in the TEDxSMU offices, and we’re eager to kick things off…which we do tomorrow with our first TEDxSMU Wednesday for the fall semester. Check out what’s happening around TEDxSMU.
Have a free Wednesday lunch hour? Join us for TEDxSMU Wednesdays, our (free!) open-to-the-public brown bag lunchseries where we watch a talk from the TED.com archives and have a lively discussion. Registration isn’t required, but you can check our website each week for the talk we’ll be watching and updates on which room we’ll be in (always held on campus in the Lyle School of Engineering quad). Every Wednesday during the fall semester starting August 22, 12:00-1:00PM.
Looking for SMU Students: the 2012 Carole & Jim Young Fellows
The Carole & Jim Young Fellows represent the most interesting SMU students. This fall, current SMU students may apply through September 10th to be considered as a Young Fellow. We will select up to two students from each of the seven academic colleges at SMU. These students will participate in TEDxKids @SMU on November 30, TEDxSMU on December 1, and ongoing programming throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. We will announce the 2012-2013 Class on September 14.
TEDxSMU Fall Auditions: 10.19.12
Auditions for TEDxSMU are back, and even bigger in 2012! At our second round of auditions, we’re looking for a Dallasite to knock our socks off with a shorttalk or performance that makes us “re:think.”
On October 19th, we’re partnering up with Dallas Social Venture Partners to host auditions as the capstone piece of its bigBANG! conference. We want your best stories, songs, poems…anything you can deliver in 3-6 minutes. So, send us a snapshot of your dream TEDxSMU Talk!
TEDxSMU’s signature conference is taking place on Saturday, December 1st this year at the brand new City Performance Hall. We’ve got a stellar line up of speakers already working on their talks and performances for the day, and the list continues to grow. Ticket sales for TEDxSMU veterans (those who attended in 2011) are now open. If you attended but have not received your invitation to purchase your 2012 ticket, please email TEDxSMU@gmail.com. The deadline for advance purchase for previous attendees is September 7th.
For new attendees, we’re opening up ticket sales on September 19th. Stay tuned for details, but with an bigger theater, we’re expecting to have space for a whole host of new audience members, and can’t wait to see your face in the crowd on December 1.
We will also post details about TEDxKids @SMU on November 30th on our website by September 1.
This week, we watched the unforgettable Ben Dunlap talk from TED2007. His talk, which reflects on the multitude of Hungarian mentors in his life, is touching and woven with stories bearing delicate, powerful messages. You’ll want to clear your mind for the next 18 minutes and give yourself over to Ben Dunlap.
The following quote from Kurt Vonnegut sums up the conversation:
“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the first TEDxSMU Tuesday of the Fall Semester. We had a great group and a lively discussion on the ins and outs of Internet security and cyber terrorism after watching this fascinating talk by Mikko Hypponen.
Links from our discussion:
A history of Stuxnet
For those of you who were hoping to see the other talk from TEDGlobal, it’s actually not up yet, but you can watch Underworld Investigator Misha Glenny’s other fascinating talk from TEDGlobal 2009 in the meantime. We’ll let you know if we notice the TEDGlobal 2011 talk is released.
And, not to be missed — a brief dose of magic from our friend Rives about what he would do if he controlled the Internet.