Perhaps you’ve heard of TED, that confluence of creative super-brains in technology, entertainment, and design? TED Talks at the annual conference have included “ideas worth spreading” from Steven Hawking and Al Gore as well as local innovators Tod Machover and Dan Ellsey from the groundbreaking Hyperscore music project (watch the video above) and Boston Philharmonic Conductor Benjamin Zander. TED has collected those talks in an online catalog – a kind of embeddable Bible for the “groundbreaking genius” sect.
And, just as the Biblical Shem begot Arphaxad, so has TED begot something with an “x” in its name. Coincidence? (Sadly, yes.) But the point is, TED led to TEDx.
What’s TEDx? It’s local communities designing and organizing their own independent, TED-like events. And the next TEDx event is about to happen in Boston.
TEDxBoston takes place Thursday, July 29, 2010, 10 AM to 6 PM. Among the events speakers are arts and technology writer Scott Kirsner, designer and Poe story illustrator Eric Mongeon, dance crew Static Noyze, Artists for Humanity founder/director Susan Rodgerson, percussionist Marcus Santos, Boston Latin School senior and erhu player Muhan Zhang, and Sapir Ng, the architect behind the fascinating Tremont Underground Theatre Space concept.