Founding TEDxCongressAve

It is my proud privilege to have the opportunity to organize TEDxCongressAve this year. TED has been a constant source of inspiration and optimism for me for a long time. I have always wanted to contribute to the TED community in a meaningful way. In the meantime, I have been witnessing a great confluence of talent, energy, ideas, and optimism in Austin, where I am fortunate to live. The Austin community seems to have this insatiable appetite for attracting, developing, and implementing new ideas. These traits make Austin a perfect place to organize a TEDx event, with the goal of advancing the TED's ideals of spreading new ideas in Technology, Entertainment, and Design. My admiration of TED, and the inspiration that I get everyday from the friends, coworkers, and family in Austin convinced and persuaded me to organize a TEDx event for the Austin community, and for everyone around the world. This is the inception of TEDxCongressAve.

With TEDxCongressAve, our goal will be to organize an intimate (<100 attendees) event for the most passionate, creative, and inspiring attendees and speakers. Our goal will be to look for Ideas Worth Spreading, and to introduce those to people who will get engaged, discuss, and act upon. Our goal is to provide a space for the community to curate, understand, discuss, cultivate, spread, and implement the Ideas Worth Spreading.

Now that we have decided to organize TEDxCongressAve in 2013, the real challenge lies ahead. Like any conference or event, there are a million things to plan and execute. I am fortunate to have the most passionate people that I have known organizing this event with me. At this point, we are working hard to finalize the venue and the event date. At the same time, we are working with some great potential speakers to finalize the speakers for this event. We will provide more updates in the coming days!

- Pranav Parekh