TEDxTohokuUniversity in a Glance
Since its inception in 1907, Tohoku University has been known for its ‘Open Door’ policy and was the first university to welcome foreign, and female, students within Japan. Tohoku University continues to attract great minds from all over the world, and conducts research of high quality. Although the University accepts a wide range of students, until now, it is still lacking an acclaimed, global platform for sharing ideas, inspiring stories and best practices.
TEDxTohokuUniversity, as individually organized branch of the famous TED talks, could provide this platform for the University and various stakeholders, within and outside the university. The main ideas behind TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) are to share multidisciplinary innovations, ideas and inspiring stories with a broad audience on and offline.
Our team believes that it is vitally important for a leading university to not only admit and teach students, and conduct research, but to also engage with the local community and create a meaningful impact through sharing knowledge and ideas. TEDxTohokuUniversity is an opportunity to connect members of the University with the wider public, to truly open up the doors of Tohoku University; we can create a platform to give back to and inspire, not only the Tohoku region, but the world. It will be a melting pot, where success and failure can come together to excite and educate future generations of the important lessons we learn today.
Tohoku University, one of the most prestigious universities in Japan, is located in a rather secluded region of Tohoku, from which it took its name. Despite the size and the population of the region it does not have much of tourist traffic, most of the foreign people living in Sendai are young people - students. It is a perfect environment for our organisation - TEDxTohokuUniversity.TEDxTohokuUniversity stands as a group with more than 50 energetic, full of ideas international members of the committee and hundreds of people who have already participated in our events as the audience. It could be said that we are based on the rule of "by students, for students", but here, at TEDxTohokuUniversity, we do our best not only to organise events for the academic society but also to reach out to Citizens, Society and Industries of the Miyagi prefecture, sharing ideas in order of changing this world we live in. We do our best to follow the University's Open Doors policy, welcoming everybody who wants to help us in building a better future.Thanks to the support of the academia and continuous efforts of the past and current members of the team we were able to create a group shearing new thoughts and ideas, strengthen by the variety of the cultures and nations we all come from. Since 2016, TEDxTohokuUniversity is aimed for the organisation of the events, where international collaboration is just a tool to achieve scientific and cultural progress, creating a platform allowing for the unrestrained flow of new ideas, thoughts and experiences.We are focused on the recently arising worldwide problems, but not forgetting about the struggles of the area where we live - namely the sustainable rebuild and revitalisation of the areas damaged during the Great East Japan Earthquake. I strongly believe that our input towards the well-being of people of Tohoku, or dare I say, mankind, will only continue to grow.
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
WHAT IS TED AND TEDx?
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives. At a TED conference, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.
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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.
Learn more about the initiative here.