As this column is being typed, there are very few tickets left for Memphis' latest TedX conference at the Halloran Centre. Bad news for those who want to hear the speakers live, but that doesn't mean slowpokes can't still enjoy the show in real time. All speakers will be live-streamed over the internet, and the raw footage will be edited and archived for future viewing. For the lucky few who grab the last tickets, TEDx organizer Anna Mullins gives us a taste of what's in store.
Memphis Flyer: The TEDx is just like a regular TED talk but local, right?
Anna Mullins: TEDx follows all the same rules. It's an idea-driven talk. It's less than 18 minutes, and the conference is intended to cover a vast array of ideas.
What are some of the talks you're excited about?
We have talks covering everything from technology to food. [Music producer] Boo Mitchell is going to talk about his father [Willie Mitchell]'s legacy. There's a talk about diversifying the arts and what that means.
TED talks had so much buzz a few years ago but not as much lately. What does a zeitgeist moment like that mean a few years later?
I'm sure every market is different. We've sold out every year. But part of the TED requirement is that we capture all of these on video. Last year, our videos were viewed more than 200,000 times. This year, we're going to have a world-class doctor from St. Jude talk to us, and you don't have to be a medical professional to appreciate it. That's what's so relatable about TED, not just as a brand, but as a format. They're supposed to be conversational and intentionally provocative.