TED Talks on Innovation

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Innovation can be described as applied creativity. But what makes an idea innovative? Join us for an evening of discussion after watching TED talks that center on innovation. The event takes place in the Student Union Theater, Room 206, on the BGSU campus.

A TED talk is a presentation at the main TED (technology, entertainment, design) conference or one of its many satellite events around the world.

The discussions will take place in the context of the BGSU Common Reading "A More Beautiful Question" and the theme of "In the Spirit of Innovation". The specific TED talks shown during the session will build upon the theme of innovation.

"Doors open" at 5pm for meeting the other attendees. The session starts at 5:30pm. One TED talk will be shown, followed by a large group discussion of what was in the talk. A 2nd TED talk with be shown, again followed by discussion. A discussion about the larger theme of innovation will wrap up the session. After, attendees can enjoy free pizza and soft drinks while they continue the conversation one-on-one in the lobby outside the theater.

This event is free and open to the public. Organized by the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering.

BGSU continues its tradition of a common reading and theme in 2016-2017 by introducing “In the sprit of innovation,” a campus wide call for students and instructors to raise insightful questions, envision unique possibilities, and explore new horizons. Along with this year’s common reading, A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas and a host of campus activities supporting innovation, the concept of design thinking serves as a excellent nexus point to this year’s theme.

It is recommended that visitors pay to park in Lot 7 Sections B, C, and D (adjacent to the Student Union). No visitor passes are necessary: the lot is pay-per-hour. See maps:

Lot 7

Campus parking


BGSU Student Union
806 Ridge St
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403 (map)

Access Notes

Access the Union Parking Lot (#7) from Thurstin, not Ridge.

Student Union Theater (Room 206, Bowen Thompson Student Union)

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