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In the spirit of spreading ideas in local communities around the world, TEDx is a program of local, self- organised events to create TED-like experiences. Branded as TEDx, the x stands for “independently organised TED event”. TEDx events are organised by licensed volunteers, adhering to the rules and regulations laid down by TED. These events are committed to spark conversations, create connections and inspire action in small groups. For more information on TEDx, visit here.
Conceptualised within the walls of the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, TEDxNITTrichy strives to provide a platform to the unheard within the local community. Through the past four editions, it has grown to encompass the campus and the city. Having challenged conventions in its debut, the second edition explored the concept of Seven Billion and You and the third edition brought to life the theme of mosiac. The student organisers work round the year for the one day event as well as other initiatives.
Among attendees, impact comes in small doses and is, in most cases, wholly personal. But that does not mean it isn’t powerful. TEDxNITTrichy Salon was held for the first time on the 3rd of February last year in the form of a panel discussion to confer about a topic that requires the most attention in this day and age, "Truth in the age of the internet". The main aim of Salon events is to build community, which is both the engine and cornerstone of TEDx but for us, it did more than keep our community connected; it also kept us unified and immersed in the movement as an organizing team.