FAQS

What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (5-18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

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What is the TED Mission?

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we're building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.

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What is TEDx?

The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. At TEDx events, a screening of TED Talks videos — or a combination of live presenters and TED Talks videos — sparks deep conversation and connections at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, under a free license granted by TED.

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When and where will TEDxPSUBehrend take place this year?

TEDxPSUBehrend will take place Saturday, April 8, 2017 on the Penn State Behrend campus.  The event will run from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm with a reception to follow. Further details will be announced soon.

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Who runs TEDxPSUBehrend?

TEDxPSUBehrend is planned, organized and executed by a group of dedicated and passionate local volunteer organizers and students of Penn State Behrend Campus.

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How can my company get involved as a partner or sponsor of TEDxPSUBehrend?

Please visit our Partners page for further information. The number of sponsors are not limited, but limited higher tier sponsorship packages are available. Please contact Dave Causgrove, djc11@psu.edu for more information. 

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I would like to help organize this year's conference - how do I get involved?

TEDxPSUBehrend planning members will be people who are as passionate as we are about ideas worth spreading. Inquiries to join the TEDxPSUBehrend planning committee can contact Dave Causgrove, djc11@psu.edu. 

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Are there other ways to become involved with TEDxPSUBehrend?

There are a number of other ways for you to get involved with TEDxPSUBehrend. Volunteers are essential to any community based event. Volunteer opportunities for the day of the event will be announced in the coming months.

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Can anyone attend TEDxPSUBehrend as a member of the audience? Where can I buy a ticket to attend the conference?

Information on attending TEDxPSUBehrend will be announced in the coming months.

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Is there a fee to attend TEDxPSUBehrend?

TEDxPSUBehrend is run solely by a team of dedicated unpaid volunteer organizers. Depending on attaining corporate sponsorship goals, we hope and anticipate that there will be no charge to attend the TEDxPSUBehrend event but the allocation and number of tickets are limited. We will provide further details on how to obtain tickets to the live event soon.

We are working on creating a Livestream channel to view the event live and free from your desktop at home or with others at satellite locations to be announced.

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What if I can't attend TEDxPSUBehrend?

Attending a public satellite event to watch on Livestream is a great way to celebrate and share the TEDxPSUBehrend experience! Further details on these locations will be shared soon.

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How long is the event?

The conference is a half day – 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  There will be two 120 minute blocks, with a 45 minute break in between. A reception for attendees, speakers, and volunteers will follow.

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I am a member of the media. How do I obtain a media pass?

There will a limited number of media passes available for the conference. For media inquiries, please contact Dave Causgrove djc11@psu.ed.

While we appreciate any coverage, we kindly ask that all journalists and/or bloggers be respectful of the difference between the TED and TEDx brands.

The 'x' in 'TEDx' stands for "independently organized events." Any headline or text which implies "TED" is coming to Erie is misleading.

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