About | TEDxWaltham
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, 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.)
We chose to organize TEDxWaltham, because our city nurtures a diverse community and has a longstanding history of innovation. Originally home to pig farms, the city was first founded in 1738 and became the birthplace of the Waltham-Lowell method of textile manufacturing following the introduction of steam trains. The city's history of technological and industrial innovation continues to this day, as it is now home to the stretch of Route 128, known as "America's Technology Highway" along which companies and universities are innovating the future in pharmaceuticals, medicine, biotech, IT, robotics, and other cutting-edge fields. We are also known as “Watch City” and host the largest outdoor Steampunk Festival in the country each May.
Learn more about our city at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waltham,_Massachusetts and https://www.charlesrivermuseum.org/.
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. 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.