In the autumn of 2008, Kunal Amin, a final year student at the University of Warwick, decided to approach TED about organising an event at the University itself. Since the request coincided with the developmental stages of the TEDx initiative, it was granted, and Warwick hosted one of the very first TEDx-like events in February 2009. Since then TEDxWarwick has been held every spring, growing in scale and depth year-on-year. Having been held in lecture theatres in 2010 and 2011, the 2012, 2013 and 2014 conferences were held in the internationally renowned Butterworth Hall, located in the Warwick Arts Centre.
The team began a number of new initiatives; for the first time, smaller events known as TEDx Salons were hosted throughout the year. TEDxWarwick City 2.0 was held on October 13th 2012, TEDxYouth@Warwick was held on November 24th, and TEDxWarwickED, focused on education, was held on the 2nd of February, 2013. Another first for TEDxWarwick in 2013 was the opening of speaker applications to the general public, giving those with an idea worth spreading a chance to take the stage at our events.
The 2015 organising team is led by two main coordinators and comprised of seven sub-teams - Content, Marketing, External Relations, Creative, Media, Publications and Operations, each fully dedicated to making TEDxWarwick 2015 a resounding success. The TEDxWarwick Licensee for 2015 is Ken Punter, staff at University of Warwick.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.
TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.