I assume you’ve heard so there’s really no reason to talk about this. Oh, you haven’t? That’s funny because TEDx just turned 4 years old this past Saturday, March 23rd! That’s right, for 4 years this organization has been designing, entertaining, and technolo-gizing on the cutting edge of science and art. It brought what was otherwise considered information only for the most elite professionals to the public eye in the most participatory way imaginable. TEDx asks its participants to get involved at a local level and find the most breathtaking breakthroughs happening within their city or university. It’s a fantastic idea that brings about the best in all of us. I’m glad we can continue to celebrate it through constant inspiration. Let’s hope the 5th anniversary will be just as incredible as this year’s!
Oh, you thought I was done? Not quite. We still have one more belated birthday announcement. TEDxPurdueU just turned 1 year old last Friday! Yes, we’ve weaned our little organization from a hopeful startup to an upcoming source of innovation and creativity at our school. We hope that we can make this year, and all the upcoming years, the better than ever. As we continue to grow and become more interconnected with other TEDx organizations we work to build on our experiences and create an even greater legacy for TEDx.
Total number of TEDx events to date: 500
Total number of TEDx events planned for 2010: 500 +
Total languages at TEDx events: 35 +
Total number of countries TEDx events are held in: 70 +
Estimated number of people who have attended a TEDx event to date: 50,000 +
Estimated number of people projected to attend a TEDx event through end of 2010: 100,000
Number of colleges that have hosted TEDx events to date: 100 +
Number of colleges that are currently signed up to host an upcoming TEDx event: 80 +
Truly, it’s been an incredible ride! If you want to jump onboard TEDxPurdueU is hosting our live TEDx speaker series at Loeb playhouse on April 12th. Past, Present, and Progress will explore how we’re taking the ideas of the fast and making them into the reality of the future in the most innovative and artistic way possible. Tickets are on sale now so be sure to seize the opportunity to expand your mind and experience something new or in a new light! We are also always looking for volunteers if you want to help bring education in one of its most fun and mind-bending ways to your school.