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A small group of people from UW La Crosse got together in 2012 to brainstorm about programming a TEDx show on campus. We scoured the TEDx rules, applied for a license, invited speakers, and hosted the first of many shows and salons. 

More than ten years later, we have maintained our presence by upping our game, sending a team member to a major TED show, and TEDx organizational workshops, which now allows us to host bigger and better shows, and continue to spread good and important ideas to the UWL campus and La Crosse community. 

Preparing a TEDx show is not for the light hearted. We're proud of what we've accomplished over all these years, and we hope the enthusiasm and momentum continues to bring campus and community together for more TEDxUWLaCrosse events.

Although our TEDx organizational team fluctuates, we think that's good because it brings diversity in ideas and perspectives. We have a solid group of committed TEDx team members, some of whom have been involved since the beginning, and are always open to new members looking to become involved. 

We'd like to thank the continuing support of the Provost's Office, Murphy Library Administration, and last but not least, videographer Jeff Kerkman, (and his students) for their invaluable and professional work bringing the videos to life. 

We look forward to bringing more ideas to the stage under our licensed name TEDxUWLaCrosse.


What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxUWLaCrosse, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUWLaCrosse event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Starting 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 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. TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project that takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; 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.

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*This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.