1. “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things” – Ray Bradbury

    Get your creative juices flowing with this inspiring talk from author and motivator, Elizabeth Gilbert.

    Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

     
     
  2. Wilmington University’s first TEDx event was a success.

    WilmU students, faculty and friends joined the global community of TEDx speakers. Each shared their unique ideas with the university community to incite the crowd to join in our commitment of “ideas worth spreading.” 

    Check out a few of the highlights from Wilmington University’s first TEDx event. 

     
     
  3. And just like that - it’s over. TEDxWilmingtonUniversity celebrates its first successful TEDx event. We are grateful for an engaged and insightful audience. Just because the day is over doesn’t mean the goal is complete. We want to keep those ideas spreading. Relive the experience through each of the official TED videos of the event. 

    TEDxWilmingtonUniversity playlist
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7beBKnH9u0&list=PLsRNoUx8w3rPyY2YspdGzvBQXZ26ffRwR

    The Stranger You Are: Jordana Wright at TEDxWilmingtonUniversity: http://youtu.be/p9xaRc90Rv8

    C.A.U.S.E. the World: Be a Starfish Caster: Scott Michels at TEDxWilmingtonUniversity: http://youtu.be/j6IT2QLQFbQ

    We’re all Atwitter: Why Online Communities Matter: Lindsay Blackwell at TEDxWilmingtonUniversity: http://youtu.be/Qa2HpQI1Ufg

    Moving Full STEAM Ahead with Game Jams: Scott Shaw at TEDxWilmingtonUniversity: http://youtu.be/1I-nmDfdi-w

    How to Unmask Monsters: Jamie Kleman at TEDxWilmingtonUniversity: http://youtu.be/R7beBKnH9u0

    A Race For Cyber Arms: Dwayne Hodges at TEDxWilmingtonUniversity: http://youtu.be/X9jSFRiJX_k 

    Hidden in Plain Sound: Rachel Piazza at TEDxWilmingtonUniversity: http://youtu.be/Hqvg8h8Ca38

     
  4. Our speakers have been working tirelessly to put the finishing touches on their TEDx Talks. Now, you finally get to meet our speakers: Dr. Dwayne Hodges, Jamie Kleman, Jordana Wright, Lindsay Blackwell, Rachel Piazza, Scott Michels, and Scott Shaw. The topics range from cyber arms to starfish so expect to be entertained and mind-blown.

    The event will be hosted by the funny, “DE-lebrity”, Spencer Graves with a special musical performance by Angela Sheik.

     
  5. While TED is celebrating 30 years we are preparing for our first-ever TEDx Wilmington University. 

     
  6. Don’t forget that accepted attendees have until Wednesday, March 19 to confirm their seat for the event (better known as tomorrow).

     
  7. Want to know why TEDxWilmingonUniversity is such a big deal?

    TEDxa global community built around ideas. 

    In 5 years since its inception,

    8 TEDx events happen each day (on average),

    Over 9,000 events took place

    in 150 countries.

    This is the first event at Wilmington University.

     
  8. Time is winding down. There are only 24 days left before TEDx Wilmington University makes its debut. The dynamic group of speakers are prepping to blow the audience away.

    Can you feel the excitement?

     
  9. Want to talk about inspiring? 14-year-old, Maya Penn, started her first company when she was 8 years old. She thinks deeply about how to be responsible both to her customers and to the planet. She shares her story — and some animations, and some designs, and some infectious energy — in this charming talk.

    Watch this sample TED Talk and be inspired by what you will see April 4.

     
     
  10. TEDx events may be built around speakers, but so much of the excitement, sharing, and energy comes from the audience. Within the confines of TEDx rules, each event may only have 100 attendees. With over 180 applications, paring down was no easy feat. 

    Five TEDx Wilmington University committee members were tasked with audience selection. The group chose the audience in the same fashion used to choose speakers - by interest, passion, and creativity.

    • Interest - This person communicates a high level of excitement in attending the vents; strong interest in learning from the TED talks and applying what they learned to continue the “TED experience”.
    • Passion - The responses demonstrate high enthusiasm and belief in the TED philosophy; fervent about “ideas worth sharing”.
    • Creativity - Use of personality and thought behind the responses. 

    Some applications displayed wit. Others made you think. A few were almost blank. After two hours of sifting and decision-making, the lucky 100 were chosen to receive golden tickets for the first-ever TEDx Wilmington University event.

    Each audience member will be notified via email soon. 

    Did you make the cut?