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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. It is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxUPLB where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUPLB event, TED Talks 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.


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May 2, 2021, Sunday



discover how historic breakthroughs & futuristic visions define society's

current ideas.

The onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic and its corresponding restrictions have altered our lives in many ways, including the abrupt halt of face-to-face gatherings for public well-being. Yet, despite the standstill, innovations and ideas worth spreading continue to blossom around us.


After a year of adapting to the new normal, TEDxUPLB brings back Sign of the Times that will focus on highlighting ideas that have emerged in the past, manifested in the present, and can possibly affect the future. 


Analyzing and retracing our steps through the Sign of the Times in Philippine society is an important marker which will enable us to see how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go. Hence, the new TEDxUPLB theme aims to be a platform where issues of the past and the future are highlighted in order to look at the present Philippine society with fresh eyes, especially in the midst of the current pandemic. 


Ideas from scientific research, agriculture and communication are a few of the fields that are more important than ever before to society. This year’s theme carries forward our goal to take advantage of the ideas and visions presented and translate such opportunities to carry out a social change. It is about looking through this single lense that we are able to see our history, status quo, milestones of humanity, and the endless futuristic possibilities despite the challenges posed by the current world situation.


The scope of these encompassed ideas are visions, perspectives, and trends considered as society’s breakthroughs and will be limited to those that gave significant impact to the growth of the nation, locally relevant in Los Baños.