TEDxFIU seeks top thinkers to present their big idea

Organizers of TEDxFIU are looking for thought leaders within the FIU community.

More than 20 faculty members, alumni and students have applied since TEDxFIU was announced earlier this month. In the TED spirit, their ideas are big and range from green projects in India to innovative urban planning to the language of babies.

The talent and innovation reflected in the applications are no surprise to organizers who say joining the global movement was a no-brainer for FIU.

“Faculty, alumni and students at FIU are full of world changing ideas. We see it all the time in their research and community service, said TEDxFIU organizer Deborah O’Neil, who is also the editor of FIU Magazine and associate director of news and communications, in her weekly blog. “Those big ideas are the reason we believe TEDx is such a great fit for our university.”

Do you have what it takes to be a TEDxFIU speaker?

To be considered, first, you’ll need a story worth sharing about an experience, project or idea that has the potential of taking us beyond the world we know. Then, you’ll need to be able to connect with a discerning audience. And, finally, you’ll need to inspire us.

So is your idea ready for primetime? You have until Sept. 14 to apply on the TEDxFIU website. Don’t forget to include a video of your talk.

Application Tips

• Have a big idea worth sharing
• Be prepared to tell us your idea in 5 to 18 minutes
• Create a video to submit with your application
• Consider whether your talk can be enriched by visual aids
• Watch a few TEDTalks for inspiration
• Don’t sell your product or service
• Be your genuine self

Applicants will be vetted by members of the TEDxFIU Advisory Board. The finalists, who will be announced Oct. 1, will be chosen by External Relations Senior Vice President Sandra Gonzalez-Levy, External Relations Vice President Terry Witherell, Vice Provost Elizabeth Bejar and Professor Eduardo Gamarra of the School of International and Public Affairs.

TEDxFIU will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus. The event is free and open to the FIU community.

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.


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