TEDxSomerville is an independent TEDx event managed by a handful of passionate volunteers devoted to spreading ideas that are valuable. We are taking TED’s “Ideas Worth Spreading” to a local, Somerville-grassroots level under license from TED. We are not TED, but independent TEDx event organizers.
TEDxSomerville is a day-long event celebrating the exciting ideas, art, initiatives, inventions, and community that relate to and spring from Somerville. This year, the theme is “Reinvent.” Speakers, artists and musicians from around the community will share their passions, talents and ideas with a diverse group of attendees.
Somerville prides itself on being one of the most creative places on the planet. New York City is the only US city that can boast more artists per capita than Somerville. Our group of attendees and speakers will represent some of the brightest minds from the Somerville community.
The date is May 17, 2015. Check-in begins at 11am, and the real fun begins at noon. We’ll wrap up just after 6pm and invite you to join us for afterparty festivities to be announced later!
Thank you to our fabulous 2014 sponsors!
Creativity and innovation drive economies in the 21st century. On March 4th, 2012, some of Somerville’s most fascinating and engaging members of the community came together for one day to share their passions and discuss their visions for the world… and for our city.
On March 30, 2014, we assembled for the second time and discussed surrounding the theme of MOVEMENT. How do you move? What moves you? What moves our society?
This May 17, we continue the conversation, this time surrounding the theme of REINVENT. The City of Somerville is undergoing a Renaissance and in many cases what was once old is being made new again, literally transformed!
This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED. TEDxSomerville is a quasi-organization devoted to spreading ideas that are valuable. We are taking TED’s “Ideas Worth Spreading” to a local, Somerville-grassroots level.
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 video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.
TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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Members of the press are not allowed to videotape or photograph the event for official use, though personal use photography is permitted. We respectfully ask that you rely on imagery from our official event photographer, which will be made available online. Email Alex Parks to arrange matters further.
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The ‘x’ in ‘TEDx’ stands for “independently organized events.” Any headline or text which implies “TED” is coming to Somerville is misleading.
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