TEDxURI brings big ideas to the world stage through the inspirational voices of our community and beyond. Our speakers challenge us to think bigger than ourselves, participate in shaping the future, and do our part in protecting the planet. Our mission is to honor these ideas, and share powerful stories of imagination, innovation, and integrity that will inspire others to Think Big.

Our Team

  • Maling Ebrahimpour, Dean, College of Businessorganizer
  • Christine Andrews, Administrative Assistantproduction
  • Karl Aspelund, Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Designoperations
  • Katie Babula, Lead Information Technologist, MTSproduction
  • Ryan Campos, Specialist, URI Inner Space Centerproduction
  • Alex DeCiccio, Media Specialist, URI Inner Space Centerproduction
  • Brandon Fuller, Manager, Web Communicationsmarketing and communications
  • Ethan Hicks, Senior Information Technologist, MTSproduction
  • Liam Horne, Stage Managerproduction
  • Jennifer Luther, Marketing & Membership Coordinator, Campus Recreationmarketing and communications
  • Paula McGlasson, Theatreproduction
  • Sue McLintock, Administrative Assistantproduction
  • Vince Petronio, Communication Studiesproduction
  • Max Ponticelli, Theatreproduction


University of Rhode Island

  • College of Business
  • URI Marketing & Communications


Past Sponsors

University of Rhode Island

  • Alumni Relations
  • Harrington School of Communication & Media
  • Office of the Provost
  • Alumni Association & Foundation
  • Walgreens



About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


About 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. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. 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.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.