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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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 TEDxErie take place this year?

Details will be finalized and published shortly.

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

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 Jonathan D’Silva, jdsilva@tedxerie.com for more information. 

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Who runs TEDxErie?

TEDxErie is planned, organized and executed by a group of dedicated and passionate local volunteer organizers.

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

TEDxErie planning members will be people who are as passionate as we are about ideas worth spreading. Inquiries to join the TEDxErie planning committee can contact Jonathan D’Silva, jdsilva@tedxerie.com 

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Are there other ways to become involved with TEDxErie?

There are a number of other ways for you to get involved with TEDxErie. 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 TEDxErie as a member of the audience? Where can I buy a ticket to attend the conference?

Details will be finalized and published shortly.

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Is there a fee to attend TEDxErie?

Yes, ticket prices are being finalized and ticket purchasing options will be released shortly.

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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How long is the event?

The conference is a half day – 1:00pm – 6:00pm (doors open at the theater at 12:00pm). There will be two approximately 90 minute blocks, with a 1 hour break in between. A reception will follow for attendees who have purchased the VIP tickets to meet and mingle with the speakers and volunteers.

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What if I can't attend TEDxErie?

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

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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 Jonathan D’Silva jdsilva@tedxerie.com.

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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