What is TED / TEDx / TEDxCairoUniversity ?

32 years ago, in California, Richard Saul Wurman founded the first TED conference in the world. With focus on three main aspects, Technology, Entertainment and Design, Richard managed to invoke multiple creations in his event. A demo of the compact disc, the e-book and cutting-edge 3D graphics from Lucasfilm were introduced in the conference, while mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot demonstrated how to map coastlines using his developing theory of fractal geometry. After a while, TED became an annual conference in California with thousands, if not millions, of speakers and attendees. Today, TED transferred its platform to newly recruited organizers under the name of TEDx, hosting an independent event. As an evolutionary step, TED spawned TEDx, its radical progeny whose target is to exhibit the famous TED format to local, independently organized events, fashioned to tackle issues that matter most to its hosts community. The primary goal of the TEDx program when it was first launched in 2009 was to enable ordinary people inspired by TED to run their own mini TED-style events in their community. By the same token, TEDxCairoUniversity came into being specifically to spark conversations among Cairo University students and raise their engagement with mind-blowing ideas eager to haunt new minds. We created TEDxCairoUniversity to replicate the sweet aftertaste of whetting your intellectual appetite. TEDxCairoUniversity was instigated by a group of maverick students whose quest was to construct an intellectually curious community; a community in which new ideas easily took homage and received adequate cultivation. Moreover, they held a renovated platform in Cairo University, where multi-directional discourse unleashes bottled-up potentials. To actualize this vision, we aim at disseminating the TED experience on personal, local, and regional platforms so that when outstanding ideas strike, they find fertile ground to thrive.