SMU connects students, Dallas with TEDCity2.0



Chris Anderson, curator of TED speaks in New York City at Friday’s TEDCity2.0 discussion. (Courtesy of” height=”169


The TEDCity2.0 conference was held Friday, which discussed ideas on how to make a global impact by focusing on how to make our cities thrive. TEDxSMU, which opened the event up to the entire Dallas area to attend, hosted the event. The actual conference was held in The Times Center in New York City from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. TEDxSMU provided a venue to listen to these discussions by live streaming the conversation. The event featured a variety of speakers, and was primarily hosted by Chris Anderson, John Cary and Courtney Martin.

“Being connected, and getting to hear these ideas, these people that are doing all this work in real time…it’s definitely a highlight,” director for TEDxSMU Heather Hankamer said. The viewing, held in the Palmer Conference Center in Caruth Hall, was an all-day affair lasting from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference was split into four different sections, based on topic of discussion. “It’s been a very interesting and informative day,” Hankamer said.

The screening allowed for students and Dallasites to come and go as was convenient. Hankamer estimated about 30 people had arrived at some point during the discussion throughout the day.

Christie Pearson, TEDxSMU coordinator, described TEDCity2.0 as one of the “smaller conferences” that TEDx hosts throughout the year. Typically, a license is required to stream a TED conference, however TEDCity2.0 was an exception as TEDx made the event available to tune into online. Speakers discussed changes that can be made on a local level, and a new perspective that can be brought to any city. TEDx opened the conversation on education, health, safety and art.

TEDxSMU’s next event is a conference, which will be held at The Dallas City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District. Pearson described it as “The big thing that we do, it’s really where we get our namesake.” The conference will take place on Oct. 19. Like the TEDCity2.0 event, it also will span the entire day, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are available online and cost $150 per person, which includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and entry into the after party. Pearson looks forward to the event. “We usually get a lot of students…we are very well connected directly with the TED community,” Pearson said.

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