ABOUT TEDxNorthwestern

TEDxNorthwesternU is an independently organized TEDx conference held annually at Northwestern University.  The organizing team is comprised of 19 undergraduate students representing all of Northwestern's undergraduate schools and colleges.  TEDxNorthwesternU is supported by Northwestern's Office of the President, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering, Buffett Institute for Global Studies, InclusionNU, and the Department of Undergraduate Research.

Northwestern's TEDx conference was originally organized to facilitate critical and meaningful conversations that reflect the values of the campus. Since then, TEDxNorthwesternU has provided the Northwestern University community with the opportunity to celebrate passionate, successful scholars and leaders from around the world. Students , faculty, and Evanston/Chicago community members now gather every spring on the Northwestern campus to deliberate important topics and consider potential solutions that will help the world evolve and grow in a fast-paced, ever changing society.  

TED provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including TEDxNorthwesternU, are self-organized.​ This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED


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. 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.

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