Now here’s the info on TEDx and TEDxCaltech

About TEDx (x = independently organized event)

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 TEDxCaltech, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxCaltech 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.

About TEDxCaltech

TEDxCaltech will be held at the California Institute of Technology on Friday, 14 January 2011, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. TEDxCaltech will take ideas worth sharing from Caltech out into the world by celebrating Nobel laureate, visionary, and all-around “curious character” Richard Feynman, with the theme “Feynman’s Vision: The Next 50 Years. TEDxCaltech will introduce attendees to two of his core philosophies: making science accessible and the resultant pleasure of finding things out. Our audience will consist of innovators, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, venture capitalists and Caltech students, faculty and staff brought together for an exhilarating day of conversation and celebration.

Our speakers are pushing themselves way outside their comfort zones to share their newest, unique, and most visionary ideas.  The day will be punctuated by many shorter pieces, including music, performance and comedy.  There are no breakout groups; all participants will share in the same experience.  Because of this, there won’t be “in-and-out” seating.  Once the doors close for each session, they’ll remained closed until the next break.  This well proven TED paradigm results in a confluence of amazing and thought-provoking talks, collectively aimed at creating a better future — for those involved, and for the community beyond.

Using the fast-paced and intensive format of TED talks, distinguished scientists, business leaders, bold entrepreneurs and a few extraordinary student speakers will explore broad themes in three thought-provoking sessions punctuated with generous food and conversation breaks for an all-inclusive day. It promises to be an exciting and entertaining intellectual adventure!