TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. The two annual TED conferences, in Long Beach/Palm Springs and Edinburgh, Scotland, bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less.

TEDx was created in the spirit of the TED mission, “ideas worth spreading.” TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, bringing people together to share a TED-like experience.

Our event is called TEDxDrexelU, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxDrexelU, live presenters and recorded TEDTalks videos will be combined to spark deep discussion and connection.


Tickets are on sale for TEDxDrexelU, happening on Saturday, October 5 in Drexel’s Main Building. TEDxDrexelU will take place from 9am to 6pm followed by a post-event reception.

The cost for admission includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments, dinner reception, networking opportunity as well as an entire day of amazing TEDxTalks.

Live Stream

TEDxDrexelU will be streamed globally LIVE in High Definition. Stay tuned and re-visit this page soon to find out more about it.


TEDxDrexelU is 100% volunteer organization. The organizers and other volunteers donate their time and effort to bring TEDxDrexelU events to our community.

Applications for 2013 event are closed.


Dhairya Pujara

Chief Organizer

Prof. Mike Glaser

Chief Mentor

Markus Gray

Chief Web Developer

Eric Friedensohn

Art Director, Co-Organizer

Alexander Prus

Sponsorship Head

Jay Bhatt


Matt Mangigian

Chief Video Editor

Emily Kim

Graphic Designer

Mohamed Zerban

Student Volunteer

Osman Cueto

Graphic Designer


Dr. Frank J

"Dreaming of a City-Wide Game"

Dr. Frank J. Lee is an Associate Professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University. He is the co-founder of the Drexel Game Design Program, one of the Top 10 Best Undergraduate and Graduate Game Design Programs in US and Canada as ranked by The Princeton Review.

He is also the founder and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio at Drexel University, a creative and experimental game design and development studio founded with a mission of nurturing and developing the next generation of leaders in mobile game development. His past projects have won national and international awards and received extensive coverage in national and international press. With his most recent project, The World’s Biggest Pong, he received Hacker of the Year Award from Philadelphia Geek Awards in 2013.


Larissa Milne

"The NEXT. . . phase of your life: is it waxing or waning?"

In 2011 Larissa Milne and her husband Michael sold their house, gave away most of their belongings and set out to travel the world for what we thought would be a year. Global nomads for more than two years now, they’ve learned that by living more simply, with less stuff, they can travel longer and further than they ever dreamed possible. Somewhere along the way they realized they had created the next phase of their lives, collecting experiences instead of things. Follow their journey at www.changesinlongitude.com.


Marc Freedman

"Don't just leave a legacy--live one!"

Marc Freedman is CEO and founder of Encore.org. He spearheaded the creation of Experience Corps, mobilizing Americans over 55 to improve the education of low-income children, and The Purpose Prize, an annual $100,000 award for social innovators in the second half of life.

He is author of four books, including The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, which The New York Times called “an imaginative work with the potential to affect our individual lives and our collective future.”

Freedman is a member of The Wall Street Journal's group "The Experts." Fast Company magazine selected him three years in a row as one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs. He also won the 2010 Skoll Award in Social Entrepreneurship. Earlier this year, AARP The Magazine named Freedman one of "The Influentials," the 50 people over 50 "affecting your life – and your future."

A high honors graduate of Swarthmore College, Freedman has an M.B.A. from Yale University.


Thom Nickels

"The Architecture of Isolation."

Thom Nickels is a Philadelphia author/poet/journalist, the author of nine books, including: Two Novellas: Walking Water & After All This (1989), The Boy on the Bicycle (1992-93), Manayunk (1997), Gay and Lesbian Philadelphia (2000), Out in History, Philadelphia Architecture (2005) and SPORE (2010). In 1990, he was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for Two Novellas (republished in 2013 by Starbooks Press) and was awarded the Philadelphia AIA Lewis Mumford Award for Architectural Journalism in 2005 for his columns in Metro. His poetry appears in Van Gogh’s Ear anthology (Paris).

He has written essays, features, travel and commentary pieces for The New Oxford Review, Broad Street Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News, City Paper, Passport (New York). He is the City Beat Editor at ICON Magazine, a columnist for The Weekly Press and Philadelphia’s Spirit newspapers, the Spirituality Editor of the Lambda Book Review and a writer for The Huffington Post. His book, Legendary Philadelphians, will be published in February.


Sam Hyde

"2070 Paradigm Shift"

Sam Hyde is a video journalist and documentary filmmaker from Brooklyn, New York. His work spans every continent and has been featured on television and in print (Discovery, NatGeo, Vice, and others). He recently returned from Mogadishu, the most dangerous city on earth, where he shadowed the heroic al-Mahamud women on their quest to clean up the streets and restore humanity to their war-torn country. In 2014 he will be investigating the methamphetamine trade in Mongolia.


Nick Anselmo

Nick Anselmo teaches acting and is the Director of the Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP). He studied dance with Buzz Miller, Chris Chadman, Bob Rizzo and Florence Lessing. He has an MFA in Musical Theater from University of California-Irvine and a certificate in Arts Administration from NYU. He is, what we call a veteran at TEDxDrexelU. He gave an amazing talk last year and he is going to do it again. Check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBmTm9mzta8


Jason Mercado

" Xed out...Achieving your dreams regardless"

Jason L. Mercado, a native of Salem, NJ, has had a love for baking since the young age of eleven. He baked his first batch of cookies, Toll House. Jason’s step father tasted those cookies and he loved them. Jason took on employment at various jobs to learn management and leadership skills. After trying to figure out how to become his own boss, Jason began baking cookies for friends and family from his home kitchen. After much encouragement and determination, Jason came up with the name of his soon to be company known as JUST COOKIES…


Dr. Wayne Wormley

"The Next Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow: What is PEPCOT?"

Dr. Wormley is Dean of the Division of Business & Technology at Community College of Philadelphia, responsible for providing leadership for the academic programs in business administration; career & technical education programs in computer technology, culinary and hospitality management, and automotive technology; and workforce development and training.

Dr. Wormley has over 30 years of experience in education, management and organizational consulting, organizational development and diversity management, entrepreneurship and community involvement. His current interests include the intersection of change management, community economic development, workforce training & development issues and urban design. He serves on the Boards of the Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia and the Collegiate Consortium for Workforce & Economic Development. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Amherst College (Massachusetts), magna cum laude, with a double major in Black Studies and Psychology and graduate degrees in management and higher education from Stanford University.


Paul Richards

Finding the Next-X with Passion and Persistence

Selected by NASA in April 1996, Richards reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996. Having completed 2 years of training and evaluation, he is qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist. STS-102 Discovery (March 8-21, 2001) was the eighth Shuttle mission to visit the International Space Station. Richards performed an EVA totaling 6 hours and 21 minutes. Mission duration was 307 hours and 49 minutes.


Dylan Schmorrow

"The Next Brain: Human-Computer Symbiosis - Removing the Burden of Technology"

Chief Scientist at Soar Technology where his team is leading the advancement and application of artificial intelligence technologies in order to make people more prepared, more informed and more capable. He holds a doctorate in Experimental Psychology from Western Michigan University, as well as Masters Degrees in Operations Research, Psychology, Modeling and Simulation, and Philosophy. He recently retired as an U.S. Navy Captain after 20 years of service leading numerous information technology, medical, and human performance science and technology programs that transformed promising technologies into operational military capabilities and transitioned prototypes to operational use.


John Langdon

"History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes"

Logo designer, type designer, the originator of ambigrams, and the creator of the ambigrams in Dan Brown's "Angels & Demons." He is also a fine artist, a typography professor here at Drexel, and a writer ‹ his book "Wordplay" was published in 1992 and republished in 2005. He has, in recent years, rewritten Alice in Wonderland, which will be available as an interactive e-book/app next year, under the title "Alice & The Graceful White Rabbit."


Regina Darmoni

Regina Darmoni is the co-founder and Managing Director of TimelyTransformations, a leadership development consulting practice.

Prior to starting TimelyTransformations, Regina held a range of executive and leadership positions at IBM Corporation, from Business Line Executive, Specialty Foundry Business Unit , leading one of the two business units that comprise the $2B Microelectronics Division, to launching a ‘start-up’ IP licensing business inside the company. Regina is the author of “Real Mentors Tell You This” and holds an MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a BS from Michigan State University, an Organizational and Executive Coaching Certificate from NYU, and an SPHR certification.



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