BLACKSBURG, Va., March 27, 2013 – “Beyond Boundaries” will be the theme for the TEDxVirginiaTech 2013 event to be held on Nov. 9, 2013, on the Virginia Tech campus. Faculty, students and alumni of Virginia Tech are invited to “give the talk of a lifetime” at the second annual event.
Intentionally broad, the theme is meant to inspire multidisciplinary and transformative ideas in line with the principles of TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. The theme evokes a broad range of interpretations and proposes thoughtful questions, such as:
These questions and more are among those that will be addressed by speakers at the TEDxVirginiaTech 2013. The call for speakers will be announced in April. A location for the event also will be announced in the coming weeks.
TEDxVirginiaTech also is pleased to announce a design competition for Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, and alumni to visually represent the “Beyond Boundaries” theme. The design may be used on banners, posters, websites, social media, and other promotional items. It will be used with the TEDxVirginiaTech logo and is not meant to replace it. The winner will be selected by the TEDxVirginiaTech Steering Committee and announced in May. The winning designer will receive two VIP tickets to the event, exclusive access to speakers at pre-event networking events, a photo shoot with the red “X,” and a TEDxVirginiaTech T-shirt.
Rules and Guidelines for the design competition:
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” It started out as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design (thus, TED). Since then, its scope has broadened significantly. TED also collaborates with communities to bring TED-like experiences to those contexts; they are called “TEDx events.”
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 215 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 30,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $450 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.
Twenty-one Virginia Tech students, faculty, and alumni shared ideas, insights, and inspiration at the inaugural TEDxVirginiaTech event on Nov. 10, 2012.