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On 20 October, the first TEDx conference of Riga Technical University (RTU) will take place both on-site at RTU auditorium center «Domus Auditorialis» and online, where outstanding Latvian and international scientists and experts in business, medicine, digital environment, education, culture, environment, and other fields will share their inspiring stories.
TEDx Riga Technical University is organized by the Institute of Business Engineering and Management of the Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management (FEEM) of RTU. This is the first time in the history of Latvia that an educational institution has obtained a license to hold a TEDx conference. At the moment, conference organization is underway.
The conference will be held on-site at RTU Domus Auditorialis, Ķipsala, Zunda Embankment 8, and online on RTU Facebook and YouTube channels. Students from various fields will primarily be invited to attend the conference in person. In order to participate in the conference on-ste and gain a direct TED experience, they will have to confirm their interest and motivation by filling out the application form on tedxrtu.lv. The website will be available in September. 100 participants will be able to attend TEDx Riga Technical University on-site.
The conference will be held in English.
The main theme of TEDx Riga Technical University will be change as an integral part of everyday life, which, forcing continuous change and adaptation, develops society and its individuals as strong leaders of change management, says Professor, Head of the Institute of Business Engineering and Management of RTU FEEM Deniss Ščeulovs.
RTU FEEM Institute of Business Engineering and Management provides a high-quality student-oriented study process in entrepreneurship and business, with a special emphasis on interdisciplinarity, creativity, application, innovation and valorization. It educates and trains specialists that are highly recognized and competitive in the national and international markets, implements high-quality scientific and applied research, as well as closely cooperates with the business environment in the field of technology transfer and innovation.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the TED Translators Program, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a «wish» or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.