Welcome to the TEDxUSU!

With more support than ever before, the 3rd annual TEDxUSU concluded on Oct. 29 a resounding success. Tickets sold out in less than 10 minutes, #TEDxUSU trended on Twitter, and hundreds of participants came away mentally stimulated as they engaged with and heard from 17 speakers from around the country and USU. Soon, you will be able to watch (or rewatch) these talks for yourself, and participate in sharing TEDxUSU’s “ideas worth spreading.”

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The week before finals at USU, commonly known as “dead week,” is typically a time of exhaustion for students recovering from a semester’s worth of homework, team projects and intense deadlines as they prepare to take their last tests. This winter, the TEDxUSU team is reimagining dead week…this winter, #DeadWeekisTEDWeek.

From Dec. 1-6, several talks a day will be released from the TEDxUSU: Friction conference. You can hear from speakers such as olympic medalist Noelle Pikus Pace and award-winning author Orson Scott Card, and a dozen brilliant students and faculty from Utah State University. Invigorate your mind, have discussions with friends, share the talks…and make this the best dead week you’ve ever seen.

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

A big part of the success of TEDxUSU is dynamic speakers with awesome ideas. Do you know someone – a teacher, friend, celebrity, yourself – you’d like to nominate for TEDxUSU? Click 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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