Work with TEDxUMKC

Be part of a growing network of TED and TEDx partners – contact us today. Details below under “Sponsors”

Big Challenges, Small Solutions

December 5th, 2015

Speaker Application

Check back soon to see the speaker line-up for our next event.

If you’re a UMKC student interested in speaking, check out the “Student Speaker Applications” link.

Big Challenges, Small Solutions

December 5th, 2015

Although our society has made much progress, there are still major challenges facing us today. Some of these challenges are well known, while many are not. However, there are those among us that recognize, react, and resolve those problems. These pioneers, acting in the spirit of ingenuity and altruism, have paved a path to help make the world a better place. They bring awareness to unseen obstacles, and offer creative solutions to tackle them. Innovational in nature and quick in thinking, these individuals strive to expand our horizons by breaking the facade for others to follow and demonstrating that one individual can make a difference.

Speakers


Interested in speaking? Click the appropriate link below to download the application.

Student Speaker Application

We haven’t released our student speaker application for the upcoming event Big Challenges, Small Solutions. Stay on the lookout and and follow us on social media to hear from us the moment we release it!

Speaker Application

Speaker Application

Check back soon to see the speaker line-up for our next event.

If you’re a UMKC student interested in speaking, check out the “Student Speaker Applications” link.

Past Events

TEDxUMKC 2015: Ditching Dogma

Dogma is embedded into the human condition. We are taught what processes worked for our ancestors and we observe those same processes being utilized by others around us. Accordingly, more often than not, we follow suit. Ditching Dogma is about creativity, innovation, and thinking differently: not accepting the notion that we should do things simply because “that’s how they’ve always been done,” rewarding those who take risks while casting away notions of traditionalism.

TEDxUMKC 2013: UncharTED

Ideas shared involve risk-taking and may involve mistakes. We have focused our curating efforts towards people who were going, or had gone, beyond limitations. we are hinting at geography as well as the limits of our imaginations. Inspiring and exhilarating, we invite you – to discover, explore, and challenge the uncharTED.

TEDxUMKC 2012: InterconnecTED

A University is a place of learning and expanding one’s ideas, beliefs, and perceptions. The mission of this event is to invite passionate, eloquent and inspiring speakers to impart a body of knowledge and a growing sense of curiosity among the audience.

Sponsors

Work With TEDxUMKC

Work With TEDxUMKC

With TEDxUMKC, you’re not just our sponsor, but partner to a fast-growing network centering around this non-profit organization. TED and TEDx cater to a diverse demographic through not only our conferences, but also our various media. TEDxUMKC is proud to be one of the most notable organizations on our UMKC campus, as well as within the Kansas City area. In addition, we’ve attracted national attention with both the diversity and featuring of our speakers on TED’s main website. We’re confident that we can work together to achieve mutual goals and perfectly cater to our audience.

As we grow, our outreach is bigger than ever. Our website and social media outreach alone net thousands of views a month. In addition, in-person branding is a powerful way to spread through untapped demographics.

Here is a sampling of our perks offered to our sponsors. We are happy to accommodate other requests as well.

  • Featured on our video card
  • Sponsor links on our website
  • Social Media coverage
  • Logo on our T-shirts
  • Logos on programs and other printed materials
  • Additional materials included in attendee bags
  • Complimentary Tickets

Planning and organizing an event of this scale requires fiscal and logistical support. We accept both monetary and in-kind sponsorships. We hope to have your support, and join a growing community of notable TED Talks partners supportive of philanthropy, ideas worth spreading, and education.

Please contact us if you’d like to become a sponsor.

UMKC School of Medicine

UMKC School of Medicine

Roasterie

Roasterie

Pickleman’s

Pickleman’s

Lowes

Lowes

UMKC Friends of the Library

UMKC Friends of the Library

Associated Students of the University of Missouri

Associated Students of the University of Missouri

Seen Merch

Seen Merch

Seen Merch

Loqey Studios

Loqey Studios

 

Social

Nicholas Comninellis gave a talk at our last event, Ditching Dogma. He spoke about short term medical missions and how they have become popular, but also about what complications and ethical questions might arise from them. To see his talk please click on this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkkNo_upwZA We recently caught up with Mike to check up on what he is currently working on and you can see what he had to say below.

Questionnaire:
Question: What was the best part about speaking at our event?
Answer: The enthusiasm of the student organizers and leaders.

Question: If you could go back and change one part of your presentation, what would it be?
Answer: The very first 20 seconds was not as smooth as I would prefer

Question: How have you improved as a public speaker, and what tips would you give someone who is trying to improve their public speaking skills?
Answer: Give the presentation as many times to as many different audiences as possible.

Question: What new research/projects/interests are you currently pursuing now and why?
Answer: How global health education programs measure their outcomes.

Question: Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
Answer: Leading the Institute for International Medicine’s initiatives in the Middle East and former Soviet republics

Question: What advice would you give to people pursuing a college degree?
Answer: Invest in the personal relationships you make. Some of these will be friendship that last a lifetime, and business partnerships that will launch your career.

Question: What is your favorite food?
Answer: Greek stuffed tomatoes. Yum!

Thanks Nicholas!
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Body language is something that we are all familiar with. In Amy Cuddy's talk she examines how it might be something that affects not only how others view us, but how we view ourselves. Go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-_Mh1QhMc to watch this interesting talk. ... See MoreSee Less

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In fact, everything we do — from our TED Talks videos to the projects sparked by the TED Prize, from the global TEDx community to the TED-Ed lesson series — is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas?

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