In 1990, the Voyager 1 spacecraft took a picture of Earth from 6 billion kilometers away. Our entire world appeared as a small, barely visible blue pixel. This photo alludes to how all of our experiences - from triumphs to failures, agreements to conflicts, connections to divisions - are virtually nothing in the realm of the universe. Renowned astronomer Carl Sagan coined the term “Pale Blue Dot” in response to this image - “Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.“
The sight puts into perspective how each of our stories is just one of billions unfolding each day all around the planet. With every passing minute, new goals are reached, records are broken, and ideas are sprouted. Each of us journey through this world, forging our own unique path, slowly understanding the universe around us.
This year, we will zoom out and explore the bigger picture, because each individual story is surrounded by countless others waiting to be heard. What can we learn from this large dose of perspective? No matter how alone we might feel in our endeavours, there exists a world of incredibly different experiences out there so vast that we cannot possibly fathom it all.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxRutgers, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxRutgers event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
On February 23, 2019 TEDxRutgers is bringing together world-leading thinkers, makers, and doers at Rutgers University to discuss doing the unprecedented. The audience will be composed of a diverse yet curated mix of students, professors, and thought leaders from Rutgers and beyond, for a stimulating day of presentations, discussions, entertainment and art that will spark new ideas and opportunities for all.
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.
Who can attend?
The conference is open to any idea seeking person!
Can I attend if I am not Rutgers affiliated?
Of course! Just make sure to purchase a guest ticket.
I have a ticket, but can't attend anymore :( What should I do?
Please cancel your ticket on Eventbrite to allow for those on waitlist to purchase them.
It says that tickets are sold out. Is there any way for me to get a ticket?
If you are a Rutgers Student, please sign up for the waitlist on Eventbrite and we will release more tickets as they become available!
Where can I park?
How can I nominate someone (or myself) to speak?
Unfortunately, we've filled all of our spots for this year's conference. However, feel free to submit a nomination for our 2020 conference at tedxrutgers.com/nominate!