TEDxFHSU confirms date, location for local TED conference



Organizers of TEDxFHSU have received confirmation that a local version of the popular TED conference will be offered on Friday, April 24, on the campus of Fort Hays State University. The independently produced event, operated under license from TED, is set for 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Eagle Communications Hall at the Robbins Center on the FHSU campus.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading.

The TEDxFHSU conference will address global challenges, which include population, resource management, technology, information and knowledge, economics, security, and governance. The current generation of students in college will be greatly impacted by these challenges. TEDxFHSU will be used as a platform to educate students about change that will not only directly affect them once they leave college, but currently.

The FHSU students who organized TEDxFHSU are Brandon Taylor, Greensburg senior, Brenna Johnson, Beloit senior, Saul Sanchez, Dodge City graduate student, Korby Boswell, Onaga graduate student, and Michaela Sasse, Gaylord senior. They are bringing in speakers who once attended or received an award from the university to address the global concerns, explaining that current Tigers would identify with people who have ties to FHSU and may have had similar collegiate experiences.

They said the mixture of speakers and the TEDx platform would be the perfect blend for a memorable discussion of ideas worth spreading. Admission is free but is limited to 100 participants. To acquire a ticket, students should bring two non-perishable food items and their Tiger ID to the Student Service Center in the Memorial Union from 3 to 6 p.m. on March 11.

For more information on this event, please visit www.tedxfhsu.com, the Twitter account @TEDxFHSU, and "like" the Facebook page, TEDxFHSU.

About TEDx (x = independently organized event)
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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.

About TED
TED was founded in 1984. The acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. The annual TED conference brings together some of the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED created TEDx. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TED.

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