TEDxPenn brought "AND" to the stage in 2019.

Our theme is intentionally polysemic—the coexistence of many possible meanings for a word or phrase. 

Some of the most innovative improvements have come from using multidisciplinary approaches to solve seemingly impossible problems.


Whether it's using literature and math or architecture and biology, inclusion can lead to eye opening discoveries.

Last Year's Venue...

William B. Irvine Auditorium, located on 3401 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104, is a medieval Gothic theatre that seats 1,000+ attendees.


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Peter Fader

on consumer centricity and customer lifetime value

Consumer Analyst

Philadelphia, PA, USA

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Peter Wang

on sustainability, entrepreneurship, & outreach

Co-founder of rePurpose

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Vince Beiser

on the scarcity of an abundant resource

Award Winning Journalist

Los Angeles, California USA

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Elena Botelho

on what big data says about the world's top leaders

New York Times Best Seller

New York, NY, USA

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Joanne Lipman

on bringing men into the conversation of sexism

Bestselling Author

New Haven, Connecticut, USA

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Gene Mele

on materials with conductive surfaces and insulative interiors

Theoretical Physicist

Philadelphia, PA, USA

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Mounir Ibrahim

on the tendencies of people in power to fabricate events

VP of Strategic Initiatives at Truepic

New York, NY, USA

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Barbara Segal

on stone and sculpture and symbolism from technique to concept

Stone Sculptor

New York, NY, USA

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Melissa Dahl

on what cringing reveals about our priorities and personalities

Senior Editor at New York Magazine

New York, NY, USA

Wren Weichman

on the power of visual effects

VFX Artist

Los Angeles, CA, USA

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At TEDxPenn, live speakers will spark deep discussion and connection. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised.

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.com

Copyright © 2019 TEDxPenn

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