About Us


TEDxUWMilwaukee is a student-run initiative dedicated to changing the world!

Our mission can be best summed up by cognitive scientist Steven Pinker: "We will never have a perfect world, but it's not romantic or naïve to work toward a better one." TEDxUWMilwaukee works toward this overall goal by giving those with an idea worth spreading a stage to share it. Whether that be an artist, scientist, some sort of artificial intelligence, or perhaps even just the average Joe dedicated towards bringing good to this world, we believe that the best ideas can come from any walk of life. 

We believe the world can be changed, and we take pride in the fact that we are actively working towards that goal. Nonetheless, TEDxUWMilwaukee is not elitist. We don't pretend to own this idea that the world can be changed, and invite others to join us in our efforts. In fact, we don't believe that ideas can be owned. This is what makes ideas more powerful, more important than perhaps anything else. In the words of Author George Weigel, "Ideas are not intellectuals' toys: ideas have consequences, for good and for ill, in what even intellectuals sometimes call 'the real world.' " Yet, despite this potential that ideas have, as Indian civil rights activist B.R. Ambedkar wrote, "Humans are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering. Otherwise, both will wither and die." 

TEDxUWMilwaukee is always looking for new members. We look for passionate and motivated people. We look for those who want to leave their mark, not to go down in history, but to make history.

- The TEDxUWMilwaukee Team


Technology, Entertainment & Design

What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TED.

For more information, visit TED.com.



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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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)

Click here for more information on the TEDx program.

As an academic, I’m used to presenting my work to the handful of experts in my field—never to hundreds of laypeople. But the TEDxUWMilwaukee organizers helped me to convey my thoughts in a way that was clear and engaging. With their help, I was able to reach a much larger audience than I normally could. It was really exciting to get through to so many people—and, hopefully, to make a difference in their lives.
— Dan Sportiello, Philosophy Fellow
Professional, smart, organized, generous - a great team to work with. The scheduled critique sessions with other presenters were a real boon - my talk was that much better, and I now have some amazing, great friends in my fellow TEDxers.
— Nathaniel Stern, Associate Professor of Arts and Tech
The TEDxUWMilwaukee team was extremely helpful in providing feedback and insight as I prepared my talk. I highly recommend the TEDxUWMilwaukee team for assisting in the development and delivery of an effective TEDx message.
— Andrew Williams, Director of Humanoid Engineering and Intelligent Robotics