TED celebrated its 31st birthday last year, TEDxBITSGoa is thrilled to be turning the ripe age of 8. Despite our relative youth, however, we believe ourselves to be aging quite brilliantly.
Inhabitant in a world where information is just a click away, every individual is the jack of all trades. TED wants to take that a step forward. It wants to offer in-depth knowledge straight from the source – some of the most inspiring thinkers of our times. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a set of global conferences owned by a private non-profit organization – Sapling Foundation, working under the slogan “Ideas worth spreading”. TED believes in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately the world.
At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.
TEDx was created to support independent organizers who want to create a TED-like event in their community. 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.
TEDxBITSGoa started over six years ago, with the aim of spreading the ideals of TED in the KK Birla Goa Campus, and consequently, Goa. We are now officially the oldest TEDx event in country.
Our target is to impress upon a diverse audience how important it is to innovate. It has grown in stature over the years and has featured people such as Kiran Bedi, Kalki Koechlin, Clinton Cerejo and many others. TEDxBITSGoa is now also officially, the oldest TEDx in India, and we here intend to keep working hard to ensure our event becomes bigger, better and more inspiring.