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Cultural Services proudly co-sponsoring this local exchange of ideas.

Every year, the TEDxABQ community inspires us with innovative, dynamic, homegrown ideas. Now, it's time to start thinking about who you would like to see take the red carpet in front of 2,000 people on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Popejoy Hall.

Potential speakers are asked to submit a simple three-question application. Each idea will be reviewed by a speaker-selection committee, and selected TEDxABQ speakers will be contacted in June with speaker-coaching beginning soon after.

For three years running, the independently organized, TED licensed conference has showcased New Mexico's biggest ideas and most inspiring thinkers to sold-out audiences.  Every year, the event highlights 16 to 20 remarkable homegrown ideas from our state’s most passionate songwriters, attorneys, writers, farmers, scientists, artists, and doctors, among others.

The speaker-selection committee has received many applications from dynamic candidates however it is important to attract the incredible wealth of talented individuals throughout the state.

Think about those you know who would share a compelling idea or great story in 18 minutes or less. TEDxABQ encourages everyone to nominate their community’s great thinkers and innovators today.  Whether it's a neighbor, a friend, or someone you admire, please take two minutes to pick up the phone, write an email or send a text to help us spread the word about TEDxABQ 2013. Who knows, maybe theirs is the idea that will transform New Mexico!"


Created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading," the TEDxABQ program is designed to give New Mexico's communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. TEDxABQ's events are fully planned and coordinated independently.

About TEDx

x = independently organized event.

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.)

About TED

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 on the West Coast (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive), 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.

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