On March 23, 2009 the University of Southern California hosted the first-ever TEDx event, where "X" equals 'independently organized TED event' - a new program TED just launched. (Check out the TEDx blog announcement here.)
At its heart, the mutual goal of TED and USC is to foster the spread of great ideas. USC aims to provide a platform for the world's smartest thinkers, greatest visionaries, and most-fascinating teachers to inspire people to gain a better understanding of the issues faced by the world and create a better future. And thus, USC partnered with TED to host the first-ever independently organized TED event at a university.
And now…the TEDx USC “Ideas Empowered” Conference
As the first university to pilot the TEDx program, USC found great synergy with TED and considers this event to be a grand experiment – one where new ideas, dialogue, and conversation are delivered to the USC community through a wide array of thought-provoking and innovative content.
The TEDx USC “Ideas Empowered” conference stayed true to the spirit of the TED conference – hosting some of the world's most prolific thinkers and doers, and challenged them to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less.