TEDxSMU Announces Speakers, New Location

The event is moving from its downtown location to The Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum, and split across two days.


Changes are afoot for TEDxSMU as it changes its model and moves from downtown Dallas to a new location for the Nov. 11-12 event.

TEDxSMU’s blend of passionate talks and demonstrations will held at The Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum, organizers have announced. The event will expand from its previous one-day format on a Saturday to two days of sessions on a Friday evening and a Saturday.

“We’ve retired the all-day, ‘talk-till-you-drop’ Saturday format,” TEDxSMU Director Heather Hankamer said in a release. “By splitting and ticketing our program over two days, we’re allowing people to get a little taste of TEDxSMU on Friday or Saturday only, or enjoy all of it over two days.”

“We’ve retired the all-day, ‘talk-till-you-drop’ Saturday format.”
Heather Hankamer

On Nov. 11, the casual evening event TEDxSMU: After Dark will take place from 6-8:30 p.m., featuring food, drinks, speakers, and live music.

A shortened TEDxSMU program on Nov. 12 will feature 14 speakers spread across two sessions from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., organizers said.

“We’re excited about our new Friday evening event — TEDxSMU: After Dark,” Hankamer said. “It’s a full-on party that also will feature three speakers, one of whom will be interviewed by KERA radio host Krys Boyd.”

Organizers said speakers at the TEDxSMU: After Dark event will include Chris Garcia, an artist and engineer who creates Evolinea clocks; David Hopkins, who writes essays, short stories, and graphic novels; and Justin Terveen, a photographer who specializes in images of architecture and the urban aesthetic.

The 14 speakers who will take the stage Saturday are:

SMU advertising professor Willie Baronet, who returns to TEDxSMU to introduce the friend he made on the other side of a homeless man’s “help” sign
Writer, speaker, and educator Thom Browne
Garnette Cadogan, author of Walking While Black
Paige Chenault, founder of The Birthday Party Project
Popular oceanographer and TEDxSMU “frequent flyer” Dave Gallo
Laura Huffman, Texas state director of The Nature Conservancy
Antoine Joyce, city leader for All Stars, Dallas
Daniel Krawczyk, associate professor of psychiatry, UT Southwestern’s Center for Brain Health
Architect and Realtor Douglas Newby, on characteristics of homes that make people happy
Jason Roberts, co-creator of Better Block
Author and former filmmaker Lois Stark
Journey On’s negotiator and author Linda Swindling
David Vobora, founder and CEO of the Adaptive Training Foundation
Physician Michael Weisberg on how the art of medicine became a business in the 21st century

TEDxSMU mades its debut in 2009 and has grown steadily since, Hankamer said.

“The event grew and moved from a campus auditorium, to the Wyly Theatre, to the Dallas City Performance Hall,” Hankamer said. “We’ve been able to create a real village of enthusiastic TEDx followers who never miss an event.”

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events aimed at bringing people together to share a TED-like experience. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted the Ideas Worth Spreading, according to a release. The events usually are in the form of talks of 18 minutes or less.


TEDxSMU will split its November event across two days. [Photo Courtesy TEDxSMU]

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