On Friday May 4th from 11am to 9pm, the event that started the global phenomenon known as TEDx is back for its 4th year and is bigger and better than ever!

For the chance to attend TEDxUSC 2012 please fill out the TEDxUSC Online Application. 

TEDxUSC brings the spirit of the TED conference the University of Southern California.  Check out from the day-to-day routine and go on an intellectual journey with 1200 smart and curious friends to a world filled with brilliant speakers, captivating performances, amazing new technology, and thought-provoking short films.  The theme for this year is “A Journey Through Spheres of Influence.”

This year, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has teamed up with TEDxUSC to become its official Innovation Partner.  The support from PwC will result in the most sophisticated production of a TEDxUSC ever and a significant expansion in outreach to USC students. 

Red Bull North America will also enhance the experience for invited guests with the creation of the Red Bull Game & Demo Lounge, which will feature amazing interactive tech demos, next generation video games, a digital media art gallery, local chefs, and an outdoor café.

Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received and incomplete applications will not be read.  Apply Now! If you have any questions, please contact Ian Murphy at [email protected] Best of luck and we look forward to reading your application!

Krisztina “Z” Holly
TEDxUSC Curator
USC Vice Provost for Innovation

Please Note: Tickets are $100, with a reserved number of USC student discounted tickets for $50. No guest tickets are available so everyone must apply for their own ticket. Accepted applicants will receive their invitations as early as April 2nd and these invitations are non-transferable. 

To watch previous TEDxUSC talks check out the You Tube Channel: http://bit.ly/TEDxUSC-2011 or our website: http://stevens.usc.edu/tedxusc2012.php.  You can also follow us on twitter: @USCStevens and Facebook: http://on.fb.me/wI1uCe 


In March of 2009, TEDxUSC became the very first TEDx event ever held in the world.  The event sparked a global phenomenon that has resulted in more than 3200 TEDx events in more than 90 countries and 40 different languages. TEDxUSC is produced and managed by the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation.

About the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation

The USC Stevens Institute for Innovation (http://stevens.usc.edu) is a university-wide resource in the Office of the Provost at the University of Southern California that helps identify, nurture, protect, and transfer to the market the most exciting innovations from USC.  It also provides a central connection for industry seeking cutting-edge innovations in which to invest. As part of this role, the USC Stevens Institute manages the university’s intellectual property portfolio produced by its $650M annual research program. Furthermore, the USC Stevens Institute supports the development the innovator and a culture of innovation at USC through translational mentoring and funding programs, community-building events, and showcase opportunities.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration
Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks , or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED

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