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About TED:

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxIslay, where x= independently organized TED event. At our TEDxIslay event, TEDTalks, video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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About TEDxIslay:

Weird name, but it’s from the pages of our history.

Islay is the name of a 1986 novel by Douglas Bullard, who envisioned a place of our own: a country that deaf community calls home. We picked the name because TED requires us to name our event after a place, and if there’s a place for the deaf community, it’s Islay. On 05.15.10 in Austin, we debuted with an inaugural event that united 100 progressive, positive, and passionate thinkers and doers for a day that inspired and enthralled. We followed up with a second TEDxIslay on 04.23.11 in Los Angeles, and we aim to make this a regular, annual event for years to come.



Revolutionizing our community.

On 04.23.11, we followed in the footsteps of TEDxIslay 2010 with another big day filled with new ideas and how to actualize them. Our stellar lineup of speakers introduced new insights, and we aim to keep the dialogue going with videos of the talks, which will be posted shortly. In the meantime, check here for videos from TEDxIslay 2010.