If there's an idea spanning multiple fields in engineering, science, math, medicine—you name it—TED has hosted a lecture on the subject. TED stands for Technology, Engineering, Design, and in the form of short presentations, the organization brings the best minds of those fields on stage to collaborate and share ideas.
On Saturday, Jan. 7, Boise will hots its own version of TED called TEDx Tablerock.
"There’s a difference between [this and] the TED conference, which started in Monterrey in the '80s. They started another one for local communities, and that’s called TEDx," said Dan Timberlake, local MBA and psychologist and the event's co-organizer. Timberlake, Mark Russell of the Boise company Russell Media, and Blueprint Education CEO Doug Covey will take the stage Jan. 7.
TED keeps tight control on the parameters of these meetings, including a requisite intro video and even a naming requirement.
"We couldn't call it TEDx Boise because city names are protected," said Timberlake.
So they're calling it "TEDx Tablerock."
The format is similar to the Ignite Boise talk series. Presentations run from 15 to 30 minutes, sometimes with slides, without forums or questions. A famous example includes billionaire Bill Gates on stage talking about malaria, during which he released a jar full of mosquitoes into the crowd (watch the video below).
The event Saturday, Jan. 7, will cover education, collaboration and family, including videos from the national TED forum. It will be held from 7-10 p.m. at Eastwind Community Church, 4750 S. Surprise Way. Click here for more information or to RSVP.
[ Video is no longer available. ]