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02-28-2013

Clarkson University Seeking Speakers for April TEDx Event by March 12

Clarkson University will be the site of a TEDx event on Saturday, April 13. The primary sponsor of "TEDxClarksonU" is the student organization SPECTRUM. Applications to be a presenter are now available and due by March 12.

TEDx ClarksonU, x=independently organized TED eventTED is a nonprofit organization devoted to "ideas worth spreading." It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: technology, entertainment and design-- hence "TED." Since then, its scope has become ever broader.

Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

The TEDxClarksonU event must maintain the spirit of TED itself: multidisciplinary and focused on the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.

The theme of TEDxClarksonU is "sustainability as a global challenge to integrate, among other possibilities, environmental (green, renewable energies, consumption of resources, climate), economic (environmental management, earth science, environmental science, conservation biology, agriculture and technologies, etc.) and human/social challenges (health, trade, international and national law, ethical consumerism, urban planning and transport, lifestyles, change agents, etc.)"

A series of talks, demonstrations and performances are sought on a wide range of subjects that foster learning, inspiration and wonder.

Speaker applications are now open to community members, as well as to Clarkson faculty, staff and students. The deadline is March 12. Early submissions will receive priority review with a rolling deadline thereafter until spots are filled. You must apply and be accepted to be a speaker or a participant; however, at this time applications are open only for speakers.

Speaker application forms are available in the Clarkson Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) building Room 100, by e-mailing spectrum@clarkson.edu, at https://www.facebook.com/TedxClarksonU.info, or by calling 315-268-3785.

Only 100 individuals can participate in TEDxClarksonU. This includes speakers, production personnel and the audience. There will be approximately 20 slots set aside for production personnel with the remainder open to speakers and the audience. Speaker presentations cannot exceed 15 minutes. If you’ve seen TEDx videos on YouTube, you might have noticed that shorter presentations can gain more attention than longer ones.

Applications must be accompanied by a TEDxClarksonU permission release form. The latter is required by TED to give TED and others the right to edit and distribute video of the presentation. All applicants must pay a $10 entrance fee. The conference is not permitted to make money from the event or to raise funds for charities or other organizations -- only to cover costs.

The entire day of presentations will be videotaped and provided to TED who will release to YouTube those that they like most.

The content and design of each TEDx event is unique and developed independently, but all TEDx events have several features in common. TED's celebrated format is a suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances (live or just TEDTalks videos from TED.com) on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and wonder -- and to provoke conversations that matter. TEDTalks videos that are available free on TED.com. Last, but not least, is bias-free programming that offers a lack of any commercial, religious or political agenda.

Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference on the West Coast each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

Find out more about TED at https://www.ted.com .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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