Feb 22 2011
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Carnegie Mellon Qatar Sponsors the First Student-Run TEDx Event in Education City
TEDxCMUQatar is organized by DSO, which is a student organization at Carnegie Mellon Qatar, geared to connect undergraduates who are passionate about making a difference. The goals for TEDxCMUQatar are to give the Education City and Doha communities a platform for involvement in international initiatives and to give people from around the region a chance to share their stories, experiences and ideas with a wider audience. TEDxCMUQatar aims to foster learning, inspiration and wonder about global issues and developments that could potentially change attitudes, lives and ultimately the world.
Under the unifying theme of No Boundaries, this inaugural event will bring speakers who will present their ideas that represent a shared optimism for a promising future through international initiatives across a variety of fields. The event hopes to increase awareness and understanding of the problems that lie in developing countries, and what people are doing about it. Most importantly, it is to explore what the average citizen can do to be a part of changing the conditions for a brighter future for the families and children of underprivileged countries and classes.
The speakers at the event will include Bernardine Dias, Ph.D., assistant research professor at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and Founder of TechBridgeWorld; Rachel Morris, first female Managing Director of a newspaper in Qatar; and Ranwa Yehia, co-founder and director at the Arab Digital Expression Foundation
George White, associate teaching professor of entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar said "TED talks are becoming a global force for good. They do this by popularizing videos of powerful ideas explained by the passionate authors, inventors and educators. I'm so proud of our CMU students for having the initiative to organize their own TEDx program, identifying inspirational speakers, setting a noble theme and giving CMU Qatar an opportunity to be seen around the world in the very best light."
Registration is now open at www.tedxcmuqatar.com/registration
About CARNEGIE MELLON
With more than a century of academic excellence and distinguished research, Carnegie Mellon University is a leader in education with real-world applications. Consistently top ranked, the University has more than 11,000 students, 84,000 alumni and 4,000 faculty and staff globally. Core values of innovation, creativity, collaboration and problem solving provide the foundation for everything we do.
At the invitation of Qatar Foundation , Carnegie Mellon joined Education City in 2004. Here, Qatar Foundation created a unique center for scholarship and research that is the ideal complement to Carnegie Mellon's mission and vision. Students from Qatar and 40 different countries enroll at our world-class facilities in Education City. Carnegie Mellon Qatar offers undergraduate programs in business administration, computer science and information systems. Learn more at `www.qatar.cmu.edu.
In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading," TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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, including ours, are self-organized.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani,Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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TEDGlobal 2010, "And Now the Good News," will be held July 13-16, 2010, in Oxford, UK. TED2011, "The Rediscovery of Wonder," will be held February 21-25, 2011, in Long Beach, California, with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs, California.
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