Announcing TEDxPentagon!

TEDxPentagon: "The Human Stories" takes place Friday November 19, from 10 AM - 3 PM.
Liz Lopez is a social media intern at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs.

“Have you seen this TED video?” is a friendship-forming question that’s been tossed around among college students, public intellectuals, humanitarians, and tech enthusiasts for the past few years.

TED — short for Technology, Entertainment, and Design — is a conference series that showcases dynamic speakers and their topics through short (less than 18 minutes) and fascinating speeches, such as climate change, music theory, and economic development. By advocating a distinctive speaking style and focusing on broad, futuristic ideas, TED has established a lecture series that doesn’t fail to leave their viewers thinking.

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 TEDxPentagon, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxPentagon event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

The Department of Defense is continuing their public outreach efforts by hosting TEDxPentagon: “The Human Stories” next Friday November 19, from 10 AM – 3 PM EST. Speakers from all over the world will be coming to the Navy Memorial to talk about their experiences with the military, including MSgt. Julia Watson, prior member of the Marine’s Female Engagement Team, Lt. John Pucillo, EOD technician from the Navy (think The Hurt Locker), Dr. Regina Dugan, Director of DARPA, and Gen. William E. Ward, combatant commander for AFRICOM.

The event will be available live at, so mark your calendars and tune in November 19 from 10 AM – 3 PM EST to watch a streaming broadcast of the event. We will update you for more information as the event approaches, so stay tuned.

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

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10 Responses to Announcing TEDxPentagon!

  1. Teri Centner says:

    Will you be able to partner during live streaming with military broadcasters like the PentagonChannel and AFRTS/AFN so that military members will be able to watch without causing a drain on military network bandwidth? (Just like they do during DoD press conferences…)

  2. DoD says:

    Teri – The TEDx license stipulations state that we cannot broadcast on TV. Per the TEDx website, “Talks and other content recorded at your event may not be distributed on broadcast television, cable television, satellite television or on-demand TV.” For more: Hopefully you can still join us on LiveStream!

  3. Nobocan says:

    I believe it is just Socialist Demoncrat Propaganda and another waste of taxpayers money…

  4. Anonymous says:

    H E L L O !

  5. Scott Hielen says:

    Are the videos going to be posted at some point? The value is in sharing these stories with the rest of the world.

  6. Sterling Whitehead says:

    Is TEDxPentagon happening in 2011? We want an encore!

  7. I followed the link, hoping to catch some stored video of the event. I was disappointed to only find the TEDx teaser at the link posted above. Was the event recorded and is the footage available for viewing somewhere online? It seems a shame if the video is not able to be recycled/reused. I am sure there was much value shared at the conference.