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Five Ways To Make The Most Of TEDxCSU

TEDxCSU is on October 11th at the Colorado State University Lory Student Center Theatre. Tickets are free for students, and $30 for community members. We have ten brilliant leaders speaking on a range of subject areas from sustainable living to political innovation. Additionally, there will be an “innovation alley,” where local-grown food will be served, educators will be conducting hands-on experiments, and artists will be showing off their work. We can’t wait to celebrate the amazing Fort Collins and CSU community with you! 

The TEDxCSU team has come up with ways that you can make the most of TEDxCSU, whether you are a student, professional, parent, or just curious by-stander! We are so excited about the 2014 conference, and we hope you are, too!

1. Enjoy the day! TEDxCSU is an all day conference, starting at one (with doors opening at noon) and ending at six. Although that may seem like a full day, remember there is *free* food, interactive fun and ten speakers to keep you entertained. Plus, how many Saturdays do you spend immersing yourself in your community? If not many, this will be a Saturday to remember! enjoying-life-iheartfaces-wm

2. Introduce yourself! TED was founded on the idea that through bringing together leaders and innovators from different sectors, society can strengthen in all areas. TEDx brings this same notion of collaboration to life. Someone you bump into at the conference could be a leader in the field you’re interested in, an friend you haven’t met yet, or a potential business parter. Don’t be scared to introduce yourself.


3. Have an open mind! With ten speakers all with a plethora of unique expertise and passions, it is almost certain all of their ideals will not match yours. But how boring would it be if they were?! TEDx is all about learning, so come into the day with an open mind, ready to listen and respect a new point of view. A mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work unless it is open!


4. Take Notes! In your programs for the event, there is space provided for you to take notes on the talks. We encourage you to jot down key ideas from each talk, especially the ones that move you. Additionally, use this space to take down names of acquaintances you meet, and thoughts that come to mind during the day. The conference will go by fast, and through jotting down important thoughts, you are making sure you are getting the most out of the time during the present, and for the future!


5. Learn about TED and TEDx! Although TEDxCSU is right down the street for most of us, TED is an international platform that has hosted some of the most profound innovators of our day, including Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell and Al Gore, just to name a few. TED talks started in 1984 in California as a grass-root event aimed at expanding leadership opportunities in what is now Sillicon Valley. Today, almost every community hosts independently organized TEDx events, working to fulfill the slogan that TEDx brings “Ideas Worth Spreading”. TED stands for Technology, Education and Design. You can find out more about TED and TEDx at


TEDxCSU 2014 details, out now!


TEDxCSU 2014: Know Better Do Better will take place on October 11th from 1-6pm in the Lory Student Center Theatre on the Colorado State University campus. We have ten unique speakers from the university and Northern Colorado community speaking on a diverse range of subjects, fitting into the theme, inspired by the late Maya Angelou who said “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”

In addition to live TEDx talks, the event will feature locally grown food, musical performances, and interactive exhibits from Colorado innovators.

Tickets for the event will be on sale October 1st at Campus Information and Box Office or online at Tickets are free for CSU students (with student ID) and $30 for community members. A student ticket does not guarantee a seat in the theater, so students need arrive early to secure admission.

For more info, check out our website and social media sites



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Come one, come all! Apply to be a speaker!

“Ideas worth spreading. ”

This is the motto of the TED, and TEDx, where x = independently organized. But, whose ideas? The million-viewed TED Talks that circle the web via email inboxes and show up on Facebook news-feeds are generally given by big-wigs who own companies, have traveled the world or invented complex inventions. Obviously these talks become viral!

But here at TEDXCSU, the unique perspective is more important than the credentials.  We want to hear from the Colorado State University student whom has re-thought the way to reduce waste on campus, the community member who is committed to the local economy, or the professional that started their business right here in Northern Colorado. No big names, just big ideas!

Anyone from the Northern Colorado region can apply to be a speaker at the October 11th, 2014 event. TEDXCSU is not limited to Colorado State University students and staff. Nine speakers will be selected to give a talk to those who attend the event, as well as be recorded for the official TEDX Youtube Channel. 

Apply to be a speaker by Wednesday at 12 pm! Applications can be found, filled out and submitted here. 

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