Welcome to the TEDxUSU 2014: Friction!

After a successful sophomore event, we have worked tirelessly to improve our audience experience in the biggest, best ways possible moving into our third year. TEDxUSU has exploded to include 19 presentations, performances and recordings packed into one half-day conference, representing the most thought-provoking content the TEDxUSU team could curate that showcases our commitment to “ideas worth spreading.” Tickets for TEDxUSU 2014 will be $20 for the general public and $15 for current USU students, and will go on sale Oct. 15.

This year’s program is a half-day conference divided into three sessions. The first and third session will be headlined by Olympic silver medalist Noelle Pikus Pace and award-winning author Orson Scott Card, and will feature talks given by Utah State faculty and students.  

New this year is an interactive second session where attendees will mingle with TEDxUSU speakers, network with fellow audience members, view innovative exhibits and presentations, and help create artistic compositions. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Know someone who should speak at TEDxUSU 2015? Let us know.

The TEDxUSU team is currently accepting nominations for TEDxUSU 2015 speakers. Nominate yourself, a favorite teacher, a USU faculty member, a celebrity -anyone you’d like by clicking here:

TEDxUSU 2015 Presenters

Noelle Pikus Pace
2014 Sochi Winter Olympics silver medalist
Orson Scott Card
New York Times best-selling author
Dawn & Hawkes
Austin-based indie-folk duo featured on NBC's "The Voice"
David Brown
No more M in STEM
Jim Davis
Building trust
Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez
No way but through
Deborah Fields
Tween activism in a virtual world
Evelyn Funda
Farming is the new sexy
Dennise Gackstetter
Body, breath, release
Jenna Glover
Do you live an energy efficient life?
Matthew LaPlante
Why Superman must die so Clark Kent may live
Nicole Martineau
Picking up STEAM
Jason Nicholson
Assistant Professor of Percussion
Jason Quinn
If your tires could talk
Jarod Raithel
To Hold Infinity In The Palm Of Your Hand
Lindsey Shirley
A journey behind the seams
Recorded TEDTalk
One of two pre-recorded talks from the TED conference.
Recorded TEDTalk
One of two pre-recorded talks from the TED conference.

TEDxUSU is brought to you by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies in partnership with the Caine College of the Arts.

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

About 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. Our event is called TEDxUSU, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUSU event, TEDTalks 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.

Contact Info


All press requests should be sent to Dr. Scott Bates, USU Associate Vice President for Research. Dr. Bates is the official spokesperson for TEDxUSU.

Phone:    435.797.2975

All other questions or requests relating to TEDxUSU should be sent to Brandon Crouch, project manager for TEDxUSU.

Phone:    435.797.7633

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