About the Conference

TEDxCMU brings together some of the world’s most bold and innovative thinkers to give the talk of their lives. This immersive, daylong conference shares the talents of Carnegie Mellon University's speakers and performers with the Pittsburgh community to create the magic that is TEDxCMU.

2018 Theme: Find Y

Take a second to consider your conception of an "ANSWER.”

Why is it that you are always told to solve problems through a specific process? Consider how the fluid nature of life prompts the existence of multiple paths to a single destination. This method of seeking alternative solutions to a problem is what we would like to present to you at our TEDxCMU 2018 event: “Find Y.”

Similar to the math function f(x), everyone has unique ways of interpreting the true value of “Y.” The fact that there is no definite answer to a single question also means that one should be unrestrained in one’s pursuit of answers—based on individual experience, knowledge, expertise, beliefs, and more. Ultimately, our theme for this event calls for the rethinking of established ideas, challenging one to seek one’s individual answers in various forms.

Event Info

Our 2018 Conference took place on April 1st - thank you to all who attended!

In case you missed it, catch up on all the talks here!

2018 Conference Speakers


Po-Shen Loh

Math Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Founder of expii.com

Kristin Hughes

Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design

Freddy Anzures

Creative Director / Designer, Formerly Human Interface Group at Apple / Wax Poetics Magazine

Wesley Pegden

Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Carnegie Mellon

Shalaya Minor

Carnegie Mellon Student, Class of 2021

Asher Silverglade

Carnegie Mellon Student, Class of 2020

Jianli Yang

Scholar, Internationally Recognized Human Rights Activist

Team

Meet the 2018 Conference Organizers!

Kishan Patel

President

Major: Statistics, Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction
Year: Class of 2018
Hometown: Boston, MA
Favorite TED Talk: "How Great Leaders Inspire Action" by Simon Sinek

Yash Maheshwari

Adviser

Major: MISM and Statistics & Machine Learning
Year: Class of 2018
Hometown: Hyderabad, India
Favorite TED Talk: "Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are" by Amy Cuddy

Nelly Kowaleski

Head of Logistics

Major: Chemistry
Year: Class of 2020
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Favorite TED Talk: "My Philosophy for a Happy Life" by Sam Berns

Samuel Yip

Head of Finance

Major: Business Administration and Statistics
Year: Class of 2020
Hometown: East Brunswick, NJ
Favorite TED Talk: one by his Chemistry teacher for TEDxEastBrunswickHighSchool

Shreya Nandi

Head of Speaker Curation

Major: Economics & Statistics, and International Relations & Politics
Year: Class of 2020
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Favorite TED Talk: "Confessions of a Bad Feminist" by Roxanne Gay

Vicky Ye

Head of Design

Major: Information Systems
Year: Class of 2020
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Favorite TED Talk: "Happiness by Design" by Stefan Sagmeister

Jeffrey Diep

Head of Public Relations

Major: Business Administration
Year: Class of 2020
Hometown: Washington, DC
Favorite TED Talk: "3 Clues to Understanding your Brain" by VS Ramachandran

Dean Dijour

Head of Innovation

Major: Information Systems, Minors in Game Design and Business
Year: Class of 2020
Hometown: Marlboro, NJ
Favorite TED Talk: "Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator" by Tim Urban

Lera Neviadomska

Logistics

Major: Information Systems with a Minor in Human Computer Interaction
Year: Class of 2020
Hometown: Kiev, Ukraine
Favorite TED Talk: All TED talks by Hans Rosling

Trevor Russell

Logistics

Major: Physics
Year: Class of 2021
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Favorite TED Talk: "I Grew Up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's Why I Left" by Megan Phelps-Roper

Vinay Gonugondla

Finance

Major: Business Administration
Year: Class of 2021
Hometown: East Brunswick, NJ
Favorite TED Talk: "How to Speak So That People Want to Listen" by Julian Treasure

Lindsey Shi

Finance

Major: Business Administration with a Minor in Creative Writing
Year: Class of 2020
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Favorite TED Talk: "If I Should Have a Daughter" by Sarah Kay

Anant Agarwal

Speaker Curation

Major: Business with Minors in Statistics and Human Computer Interaction
Year: Class of 2020
Hometown: Westford, MA
Favorite TED Talk: "Depression, the Secret We Share" by Andrew Solomon

Aashika Balaji

Speaker Curation

Major: Statistics with a Minor in Neuroscience
Year: Class of 2020
Hometown: Saratoga, CA
Favorite TED Talk: "My Stroke of Insight" by Jill Bolte Taylor

Sid Malladi

Speaker Curation

Major: Information Systems with a Minor in Business Administration
Year: Class of 2018
Hometown: Cupertino, CA
Favorite TED Talk: "The Future We're Building - and Boring" by Elon Musk

Tiffany Liu

Design

Major: Business Administration
Year: Class of 2020
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Favorite TED Talk: "The Power of Introverts" by Susan Cain

Helen Tsui

Design

Major: Fine Arts and Psychology
Year: Class of 2020
Hometown: Beijing, China
Favorite TED Talk: "Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator" by Tim Urban

Myat Sint

Public Relations

Major: Business Administration
Year: Class of 2021
Hometown: Yangon, Myanmar
Favorite TED Talk: "How to Make Stress your Friends" by Kelly McGonigal

Michelle Sun

Public Relations

Major: Cognitive Science
Year: Class of 2021
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Favorite TED Talk: "Why You Should Talk to Strangers" by Kio Stark

Peter Wu

Innovation

Major: Computer Science and Math
Year: Class of 2021
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Favorite TED Talk: "Happy Maps" by Daniele Quercia

Alona Beloussova

Innovation

Major: Decision Science
Year: Class of 2020
Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia
Favorite TED Talk: "How Great Leaders Inspire Action" by Simon Sinek

Shannon Lu

Webmaster

Major: Information Systems & Statistics
Year: Class of 2020
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Favorite TED Talk: "There's More to Life than Being Happy" by Emily Esfahani Smith



Speaker FAQ

Preparation

Whether you’re applying to be a speaker or have already been selected to be one (Congrats!) there are important notes to keep in mind.

What are the standards for the presentation?

It is important to remember that all Speaker presentations will be compiled into a master powerpoint for the event. Therefore, it is integral that you are happy with the formatting, the photo and word placement, and quality of your presentation based on the guidelines below:
-- Must be Powerpoint compatible.
-- Aspect Ratio is 16:9, unless otherwise notified
-- Less is more. A single, strong, graphic image or succinct line of text will tell your story better than a crowded collage of pictures or long paragraph.

What are the TEDxCMU Copyright guidelines?

TEDxCMU follows TEDx Copyright guidelines, which can be found here.

Does my talk need to be memorized?

Yes! There are no teleprompters, and with an event of this magnitude and style, you’re going to want to know what you’re saying weeks before the event. There will be feedback sessions and rehearsals through the months before the event to help you prepare.

What are Feedback Sessions?

You can think of Feedback Sessions as rehearsals for Speaker Curation to see your progress with your speech and to give you any feedback (whether it’s about public speaking, or the speech itself). These will be scheduled based on the speaker’s availability. Our student speakers have the opportunity to have public speaking coaching and speech writing aide from our Head of Speaker Curation.

Accomodations + Important Notes

How strict are speaker deadlines?

To ensure that we have ample time to review speaker presentations and format them, we are very strict with our set deadlines. We are at liberty to terminate applications/speakership if these deadlines are not met.

What if I need special accommodations?

We always ask speakers about any special needs (learning disabilities, food allergies, etc.) and will make any necessary arrangements.

Weekend of the Event

What can I expect from the weekend of the event?

Speaker rehearsals will occur the day of Speaker Dinner to ensure speakers are comfortable with their talk. We will specifically practice with clickers, stage placement and tech equipment.

What are the speaker perks?

We provide guest tickets and free swag bags for every speaker. We also provide speakers breakfast and lunch the day of as well as dinner the night before the event. If speakers aren’t from the Pittsburgh area, we will cover travel and lodging fees.



Sponsors

TEDxCMU would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. If you are interested in partnering with TEDxCMU, please contact us at tedxcmu@gmail.com. We look forward to collaborating together.

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