TEDx events have been around Northwest Arkansas since at least 2013. TEDxFayetteville 2013 featured 13 amazing talks and performances, followed by another great day in 2014 with another 13 impressive talks. The playlist of all of these talks can be found on YouTube for 2013 and 2014.
The organizing team and licensee of those first two TEDxFayetteville events passed on the torch, and a new organizing team continued. Due to changes in TED’s rules for how TEDx events are hosted, the first event the new team was able to host could only be for 100 attendees and needed to reflect a smaller community within Fayetteville. TEDxDicksonStreet took place on October 6, 2017, at the UARK Bowl on Dickson Street in Fayetteville, Arkansas. All of those talks are available for viewing on YouTube.
In the spring of 2018, the license holder attended TEDFest in New York City, qualifying our event to move to the next level, without a cap on attendees. This team’s second event, upgraded in size and scope, once again was TEDxFayetteville, held on November 17,
For 2019, the team took time to evaluate where TEDxFayetteville can grow to and opted to not hold a full TEDxFayetteville in 2019. A TEDxFayettevilleWomen event took place in December 2019, that live streamed the TEDWomen 2019 conference.
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x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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.