About Us

TEDxUNC is a conference for big ideas: for the dreamers, for the innovators, and for the creatives. We hope to inspire UNC and the greater Chapel Hill community to think and discuss these ideas through a TED-style conference. TEDxUNC is held every February in Memorial Hall, and we hope to see you at the next one!

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. At TEDxUNC, TED Talks 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. Read more about TEDx here.

What is TED?
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.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.


Our Team

The secret sauce behind TEDxUNC is our team. TEDxUNC is powered by a team of motivated UNC students from a wide range of year, majors, and interests. The students are divided into a number of committees based on their role in the conference:


Douglas Reyes
Katie Rha
Alexa Schleien

Conference Design

Laleh Emadi
Shruti Patel
Claire Hagan
Katherine Gardner


Brianna Ladd
Aditya Shetty
MaryRachel Bulkeley
Rhea Gupta
Kevin Parham


Jon Kaplan
Visrut Sudhrakar


Lawrence Bacudio
Meghan Moloney
Nhi Nguyen
Patton Orr


Gabi Stein
Allie Strickland
Jack Davis
Sara Holley
Dhvani Bhatia


Peter Andringa
Emma Layman
Salman Khan


Julia Hu
Mailiis Law
Hunter Chen
Farial Rahman
Lydia Shiel


Alex Rassouli
Gavry Eshet
Valmik Patel
Chirag Sikka


TEDx Licensee

Dana McMahan
Professor of the Practice
UNC School of Media and Journalism

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Support Us

TEDxUNC wouldn't exist without the support of our incredible sponsors and donors. Consider donating to fund our mission for innovation, design, and creativity. Sponsor benefits are also available for certain donation tiers.


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