2021 Annual Conference
February 27th, 2021
Thank You For Coming To Our Conference!
Recordings are available at tedxrutgers.com/speakers
A tree’s strength lies not with its branches, but with the roots embedded beneath it. Elaborate and far reaching, these entangled lifelines preserve connections that would otherwise remain unseen. Whether it be the canopies of the Amazon rainforest, the sprawling prairies of America’s West, or the geometric grids of the world’s farms, each has a distinct imprint that defines what grows above.
We celebrate our roots to honor the lives of those before us, as their decisions and discoveries provide the foundations from which we grow. We look to roots to unearth complicated truths and histories, from the rise of great civilizations to the origins of life. And while roots connect us to the past, acknowledging these connections allows us to look forward with a greater understanding of ourselves and those around us.
This year TEDxRutgers is paying tribute to our roots. We hope to challenge our audience to think about the embedded ideas, stories, and institutions which shape the unique perspectives of each and every one of us. When we come together we can spread our roots by sharing ideas, interweaving lifetimes of thought to improve our future.
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 27, 2021 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 everyone!
How much are tickets?
Tickets are free for everyone.
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 2022 conference at tedxrutgers.com/nominate!