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About TED

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (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.

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. TED believes 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.

TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Our agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.

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What is TEDx? 

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Our event is called TEDxOpenUniversity, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxOpenUniversity event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. 

TEDxOpenUniversity: Imagine What's Next

Today’s world is always evolving. Amazing innovation, change and discovery takes place around the globe – and beyond – right in front of our very eyes.  

Huge leaps have been made in our lifetime; the birth of the internet, the space race, mobile phones, medical advances, new music forms, financial technology, social media, architectural innovation, changes in our climate, robotics, artificial intelligence and the global population explosion. The list is truly endless... but Imagine What’s Next for our world. 

With technology, culture, our environment and our behaviours ever altering, there are infinite possibilities for how life could change on a local, national, international and even interplanetary level. TEDxOpenUniversity 2019 explores the fascinating topic of ‘what’s next’ for future generations.  

We’ll hear from world-leading speakers who will share their exciting ideas and new perspectives on what the future may hold in store. We’ll be covering a range of diverse issues – from the latest tech to societal behaviours – and bringing together engaging speakers and performers for an immersive full day event.  

Transforming people’s lives through innovative learning methods and the ambition to find what’s next is at the core of The Open University’s mission. Now, we want everyone to challenge their thinking and open up their imagination at TEDxOpenUniversity 2019.