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March 29: Students Host "Fearless" TEDxCMU Event April 4


Abby Houck                  

Students Host "Fearless"
TEDxCMU Event April 4

PITTSBURGH—In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading," Carnegie Mellon University students will host their inaugural TEDxCMU event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 4 in the University Center's McConomy Auditorium.
tedx"TEDxCMU is more than a conference - we want people to be engaged and not only learn from the speakers, but also the participants around them," said Sachit Gupta, a senior information systems major.
Gupta and Yongho Shin, a junior business administration major, co-founded TEDxCMU. Ten undergraduate and graduate students representing a variety of academic disciplines are organizing the event. This year's theme is "Fearless."
TEDxCMU is modeled after the annual TED conferences. The events challenge the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on the same theme. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
Approximately 450 individuals selected through an application process have been invited to participate in the event. The talks will be streamed live at and archived on TEDx's YouTube channel.
One speaker, cartoonist and multi-disciplinary artist Raghava KK, is no stranger to TED. In February 2010, he spoke at the TED Conference in Long Beach, Calif., along with director James Cameron, musician Sheryl Crow, playwright Eve Ensler and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. CNN featured Raghava in its "TED Talk Tuesdays" coverage and named the artist to its list of "Ten fascinating people you've never heard of." He presently lives and works in Bangalore, India, and Brooklyn, N.Y.
Additional TEDxCMU speakers include:

  • Robert F. Culbertson III: Culbertson is a Carnegie Mellon alumnus, adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of two Pittsburgh-based companies, VentureBeginnings Inc. and GetAbby.
  • Jonathan Fields: Fields is a former private equity attorney turned entrepreneur, author and blogger. He is the author of "Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love."
  • Chris Guillebeau: Guillebeau is a blogger and world traveler who created "The Art of Nonconformity" project to chronicle his writing about how to change the world by achieving significant, personal goals while helping others at the same time.
  • Mk Haley: After 16 years with Walt Disney Imagineering in California, Haley recently joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center and Disney R&D Lab.
  • Chase Jarvis: A photographer, director and social artist, Jarvis has received international recognition for his work with brands like Nike, Pepsi, Volvo, Reebok, Apple and Red Bull. His recent personal work has gained the attention of curators, art critics, mainstream audiences and celebrities.
  • Nathan Martin: A Carnegie Mellon alumnus, Martin is the founder and CEO of Pittsburgh-based Deeplocal, which helps companies rapidly develop and implement new ideas and technology.
  • Stacey Monk: A Carnegie Mellon alumna, Monk founded Epic Change, a nonprofit recognized nationally for creating TweetsGiving, one of the first efforts to harness the power of Twitter to do good.

TEDxCMU will feature performances by Carnegie Mellon's Dancer's Symposium Company and first-year design major Jackson Chu, who will play a Chinese instrument called the "erhu."  
Additional information about TEDxCMU is available at Updates are also posted to Twitter @tedxcmu and Facebook at