Saturday, November 11, 2-5 pm

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[Panoptic] adjective | pan-op-tic | \pa-'näp-tik\.
  1. Being or presenting a comprehensive or panoramic view.

The theme of TEDxPrincetonU 2017 is PANOPTIC. From social entrepreneurship to theoretical astrophysics, PANOPTIC vision encapsulates integration and progress. Join us, as we explore how a PANOPTIC view might foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter.



Join us this year on Saturday, November 11 for a fresh new series of speakers, as we uncover and discuss the panoptic view.


“Internet Voting? Really?”

Andrew Appel

In this heated election year, Dr. Appel explores the history of voting and voting fraud as we have transitioned from paper ballots to mechanical voting machines. What does the future of voting and voting security look like in the United States?

“The Inspiration Paradox”

Nusrat Ahmed

Why does Tumblr see an influx of love poems between 11pm and 2am? Why do we have major breakthroughs in the shower? Why did Sam Smith attribute his four Grammy wins to his previous heartbreak? Nusrat explores the different birthplaces of creativity, from mindfulness to sadness, and how we can apply our creativity to do good in the world.

“Sustaining Life with Genes & Proteins Designed ‘From Scratch’”

Michael Hecht

Proteins are molecular machines that catalyze the essential processes of life. Thanks to recent advances in synthetic biology, it is now possible to design entirely novel proteins encoded by fully synthetic genes. Some of these novel proteins provide life-sustaining activities in vivo. These findings suggest that (i) the molecular toolkit for life need not be limited to genes and proteins that already exist in nature, and (ii) novel life forms sustained by artificial genomes and proteomes may soon be possible.

“Virtual Reality Storytelling”

Kate Gardner

How is virtual reality (VR) changing the future of storytelling? Kate explores how viewers are drawn into an immersive story and why virtual reality will change the way future generations conceive of and produce stories.

“Education Through Football”

Bob Surace

Controlling the controllables to best handle adversity, emphasizing attitude to best improve the culture of our team, and creating an obsessive competitive environment that puts the focus on personal best.

“Why Art Should Still Engage the Inner Life”

Hyeseung Marriage-Song

Art can be evidence of what is universal between humans—what brings us together across different cultures, language and even time. My art may engage the intellect, but it is first and foremost designed to enrich the inner, emotional life of those who see it. And what a controversial proposition in this day and age.

“Taming Alcohol’s Dark Side”

Brooks Powell

Have you ever considered the ethics surrounding humankind's relationship with matter? Attempting to use matter for our own advantage, how does the opposite sometimes occur? Using alcohol as a case study, Brooks investigates the interesting relationship between humankind and matter by exploring the various control-based relationships one can have with alcohol.


What is TEDxPrincetonU?

At its heart, TEDx is about storytelling. TEDxPrincetonU provides a platform for the Princeton University community to share their ideas worth spreading. Filled with inspiration, innovative ideas, and passion, TEDxPrincetonU aims to bring a unique TED-like experience to Princeton’s campus. We strive to feature fascinating ideas to foster discussions, which we hope will spark new ideas and opportunities across a variety of disciplines.

Our work is supported by Princeton Social Innovation. Learn more about PSI here!

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxPrincetonU, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxPrincetonU, TEDTalks videos and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in our audience. TED provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. 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.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action, TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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Contact the team @ TEDxPrincetonU

Or contact the co-directors directly @ Divyanshu Pachisia and Natalya Rahman