By: Kim Cobb, Director of Media Relations at Southern Methodist University, on September 9, 2016
Even at TEDxSMU, we know there are a lot of places around Dallas where you can go for conversation these days. The offerings range from the academic-oriented One-Day University programs, to the “let’s remake the city” approach of the Dallas Festival of Ideas. When TEDxSMU debuted in 2009, it was very nearly the only game in town, and it blew people away. The event grew and moved from a campus auditorium, to the Wyly Theatre, to the Dallas City Performance Hall, creating a real community of enthusiastic TEDx followers who never miss an event.
OK – so there’s competition now. But we’re changing the model, to introduce a whole new group of people to “ideas worth spreading.” Been to TEDxSMU? Not like this…
Here’s what’s different for TEDxSMU 2016, Nov. 11 + 12:
- Different venue (Deep Ellum, The Bomb Factory) different vibe
- We’ve retired the all-day, “talk-till-you-drop” Saturday format, replacing it with a casual Friday evening event, TEDxSMU: After Dark, wrapped around food, drinks, speakers and live music, plus a shortened Saturday TEDxSMU program of 12-15 speakers running from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Attend one, or attend both, according to interests and schedules.
- Krys Boyd, Krys Boyd, Kris Boyd: Dallas’ favorite conversationalist, host of KERA’s THINK program, will interview a fabulous guest at TEDxSMU: After Dark on Friday evening, Nov. 11, and then return to deliver her own TEDx talk on Saturday, Nov. 12.
We hope you will join us this year and bring a friend!