UCLA Anderson to Host Mini-TED Conference

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on February 13, 2012

The UCLA Anderson School of Management today announced a partnership with TED, the nonprofit that hosts the wildly popular annual conferences with speakers that have included Microsoft’s Bill Gates, WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, and DNA-decoder Craig Venter.

The partnership begins on Feb. 27, to coincide with the start of the 2012 TED Conference in Long Beach, Calif., with a four-day “TED Takeover” on campus. Monitors will stream the conference in its entirety, and an “idea incubation lounge” will be set up to allow students and faculty to take part in the conference via social media. Six panel discussions will also take place to stimulate a dialogue between the Anderson community and the presentations by selected TED speakers, including BP Capital Management Chairman T. Boone Pickens.

Students will also take part in the concurrent TEDActive conference in Palm Springs, Calif., providing input on projects that touch on critical topics such as urbanization and health care.

“The UCLA Anderson community looks to engage in the big issues of the day as a forum for discussion, and a source of solutions,” Anderson Dean Judy Olian said in a prepared statement. “TED does that, attracting the best minds and creative ideas as part of the dialogue. This partnership represents a tremendous opportunity to add our faculty and students to that discussion.”

For more on the TED events at Anderson, visit the web site.

(Updates list of TED speakers in first paragraph to include Bill Gates.)

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