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Sold-out TEDxSMU live streams speakers — and circus acts — for free

Sold-out TEDxSMU live streams speakers — and circus acts — for free

Devonric Johnson
Actor and athlete Devonric Johnson is one of the speakers at TEDxSMU 2013. thedevonric.com
Rachael Chong of Catchafire
Catchafire CEO Rachael Chong. Photo courtesy of Catchafire
Andres Ruzo
Andres Ruzo, a National Geographic Young Explorer and geothermal scientist, is one this year's speakers. Photo courtesy of UT Energy Forum
Patrick M. Walsh
Patrick M. Walsh is former Blue Angel pilot and four-star admiral in the U.S. Navy. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Dallas City Performance Hall
TEDxSMU 2013 will be at Dallas City Performance Hall. Photo by Justin L. Terveen
Trigg Watson Burrage and Courtney Ferrell TEDxSMU: ReThink
Trigg Watson Burrage and Courtney Ferrell had the crowd on the edge of their seats at TEDxSMU 2012. Photo courtesy of TEDxSMU
Devonric Johnson
Rachael Chong of Catchafire
Andres Ruzo
Patrick M. Walsh
Dallas City Performance Hall
Trigg Watson Burrage and Courtney Ferrell TEDxSMU: ReThink

If you were waiting until the last minute to snag your tickets to TEDxSMU, you're out of luck; the October 19 conference is sold out. But TEDxSMU is offering its procrastination-prone fans the next best thing: a free live stream of the entire event. 

“The whole point of TEDxSMU is to start great conversations,” TEDxSMU director Heather Hankamer said in a statement. “But we can only fit so many people into City Performance Hall. And I’m the first to admit that there’s a certain appeal to watching great TEDxSMU talks in your bunny slippers. The live stream lets you do that.”

TEDxSMU is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year and hopes to push the envelope with the theme, "& Then?" Presenters range from U.S. Department of State veterans, college presidents and everyone in between. Although that's a bit of a clichéd description, TEDxSMU can back it up. The conference opens at 10 am with a number from the Two Bit Circus, which promises to include robots, fire and lasers.

Watch the magic happen from the comfort of your own home or at the official watch party at Union (5622 Dyer St.). The stream will run from 10 am to 6 pm.