TEDxSMU 2013 Auditions

Please join us for TEDxSMU 2013 Auditions! We are back at the Kessler Theater on June 20th! Doors open at 6:00 pm and we will start the auditions promptly at 7:00. There will be a cash bar, so come early grab a drink and a good seat.


11 speakers have been selected to give their best 6 minute talk for the chance to speak during TEDxSMU 2013 at the Dallas City Performance Hall on October 19th. The audience and our celebrity judges will vote during the auditions and we will announce the winner at the end of the evening!

Congratulations to Dave Lieber and LyAnna Smith the winners of TEDxSMU 2013 Auditions! We’d like to thank all of the speakers at Auditions, everyone was truly exceptional.

Pictures from Auditions can be viewed here.



Mitchell Brooks

Talk Title: Getting Small in Healthcare Delivery

Jayne Gardner

Talk Title: Divine Intelligence

Cathrine Hatcher

Talk Title: A Roadside Tribute

Amy Hofland

Talk Title: Be Well and Please Take Care of your Telomeres

Bill Holston

Talk Title: Immigration Makes America Great

Sung Kim

Talk Title: The Next Mobile Experience

Dave Lieber

Talk Title: The Power of a Story to Change the World

Elizabeth McCormick

Talk Title: Two Words Can Change Your Life

Patrick McDonnell

Talk Title: Why City Planning Needs to Be Un-Planned

Reward Sibanda

Talk Title: Tartar Sauce and Tyranny

LyAnna Smith

Talk Title: Fostering Hope




Will Clarke, 2011 Audition Winner & TEDxSMU Speaker


Celebrity Judges:

Willie Baronet, 2012 TEDxSMU Speaker

Grace Gilker, 2010 TEDxKids @SMU Speaker

Byron Sanders, 2012 TEDxSMU Speaker