The world is evolving at an ever-increasing rate. Education, science, technology, and art change unrelenting. With this change comes a growing set of challenges that face society on both a global and individual level. This dynamic environment forces humanity to think differently and with a new perspective as it works to solve a vast array of multiplex problems.

ASU embraces this complex challenge and teaches its students how be “master learners, capable of learning anything throughout their lives” under the slogan, Learn to thrive. Through its mission and charter, ASU embraces the concept of purpose-based discovery and takes responsibility for the global community it serves.

TEDxASU leverages ASU’s values and explores the ideas surrounding an adaptive, transdisciplinary, and creative society in its 2018 event: Boundless. Boundless is defined as having no boundaries; not limited in any way; infinite. Join us for our 2018 event as speakers discuss a vast array of revolutionary ideas in art, science, technology and education—and the endless possibilities for us to evolve as a society.

Arizona State University

Arizona State University is the New American University, a model developed by ASU’s President Michael Crow that re-conceptualizes the current standard of higher education. With this model, ASU seeks to be defined by the students it includes rather than excludes, its impact on the public good and its responsibility for the broader community. In this spirit of innovation, ASU brings together brilliant thinkers from a host of fields to discuss their groundbreaking research and ideas in TEDxASU. This eye-opening, half-day conference offers its attendees the opportunity to listen to individuals who have redefined their respective fields. It is our hope that participants will leave with the desire to become disruptive leaders in their corresponding disciplines.


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


TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

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Meet the Team

Chase Harris

Chase Harris

Director of Marketing

As a junior, Chase Harris is currently pursuing degrees in Business Data Analytics and Marketing with a minor in Design. His involvements across ASU have been centered around marketing and the local advertising industry. He is currently President of AdWorks, the student-run nonprofit advertising agency on campus, and has developed a partnership model between the organization and four local advertising firms. In addition to managing all clients, partnerships and projects within AdWorks, Chase designs on a freelance basis with a variety of local companies and start-ups. He has also worked with the Luminosity Lab, a research lab at ASU, and spent over a year working at Anderson, a local advertising agency. He has been placed on the Dean’s List throughout all of his academic semesters.

When he isn’t avidly reading Adweek or working on a design project, Chase can be found exploring the outdoors of Arizona. As a part-time rowing coach for the City of Tempe and member of the Sun Devil Water Ski team, he feels at just as comfortable on the water as on land.

Jonathon Barkl

Jonathon Barkl

Executive Director

Jonathon Barkl is a sophomore studying for degrees with Honors in Physics, Economics, and Nanoscience. As an avidly involved researcher, he conducts research on meteorites and their classification as a Barrett Fellow in the Center for Meteorite studies, while also developing his thesis concerning photochemistry with diamond as a NASA Space Grant Scholar. Jonathon was awarded the Flinn Scholarship upon entering Arizona State University, a prestigious, full-ride academic scholarship which recognizes the top 20 high school students in Arizona each year, encouraging them to stay at an in-state university and make a meaningful impact on their community. Jonathon pursues his interests in business and science through several organizations that he is a member of, as well as a handful that he has founded, including AirGarage, Inc., Arizona Microcredit Initiative, and ASU’s Lab2Moon team, among others. Beyond his undergraduate degree, Jonathon’s goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Physics and continue to share innovative science and technology with people in a meaningful way as he has been able to do through TEDxASU.

Hamza Amjad

Hamza Amjad

Director of Operations

Hamza Amjad is a senior pursuing degrees in Finance and Business Data Analytics. He currently serves as Chair for the W. P. Carey Dean’s Advisory Council, Senior Associate for Arizona Microcredit Initiative, Alumni Member of the Investment Banking Industry Scholars Program, a WPC 101 Facilitator, and Vice-President of Fund for TAMID Beta ASU. Hamza has placed on the Dean’s List during five of his six academic semesters, with additional recognitions including an award for the W. P. Carey School of Business 2015 – 2016 Emerging Student Leader of the Year and receipt of the McCord Scholarship for the academic years of 2016 – 2017 and 2017 – 2018. While maintaining his on-campus involvement, Hamza has previously held positions at Dinan Capital Advisors, a boutique investment bank, at The Wolff Company, a real estate private equity firm, and The Luminosity Lab, a research lab based out of ASU. Currently, he maintains a position in the W. P. Carey Actionable Analytics Lab, and is the co-founder of Criteryon, a software dev/data analytics consulting firm.

Darby Dunlop

Darby Dunlop

Press Coordinator

Darby Dunlop is currently a sophomore pursing a degree in English Literature at ASU. Her involvements at ASU have been focused around writing and journalism. She focuses on sharing developments within the ASU community as a Science and Technology Reporter for the State Press newspaper while also interning at the ASU Pen Project, a nonprofit organization that partners with prisons around Arizona to promote inmate education. Her commitment to making a meaningful impact extends to the state of Arizona as well; Darby is a Junior Associate for Arizona Microcredit Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering local underserved entrepreneurs, and is the Operations Intern for Read Better Be Better, a nonprofit that aims to improve the literacy of Arizona children. She maintains all of these positions while also studying at Barrett, the Honors College and earning her way to the Dean’s List each semester. Through her involvement with TEDxASU, Darby continues her passion for spreading the spirit of innovation throughout the greater Phoenix community while also developing her marketing and writing expertise.

 Usamma Amjad

Usamma Amjad

Speaker Curator

Having received his BSE in chemical engineering in three years from Barret, Usamma Amjad is a first year masters student in chemical engineering. His research interests lie in the intersection of engineering and curative medicine. With previous work including developing a novel treatment for hydrocephalus, he is currently working on modifying polymeric micelles for targeted cancer treatment. At ASU, Usamma is the director of curriculum for RISE- a club focusing on refugee integration and education. Outside of school, he enjoys volunteering at Ryan House, a children’s hospice and respite care facility, gardening, and "Making". After graduating, he plans on pursuing an MD with the aim of starting his own DIY-BIO lab to aid in the open-sourcing and interdisciplinary integration of engineering into the field of medicine.

Usamma joined TEDxASU to aid his good friend, Ammar Tanveer, in achieving his vision of empowering his fellow ASU students.

Tanner Scott

Tanner Scott

Social Media Marketing Coordinator

Tanner Scott is a sophomore at Arizona State University pursuing degrees in Supply Chain Management, Marketing, and Business Data Analytics. Tanner has accomplished a significant amount in his limited time at ASU. He contributes as a research assistant on the supply chains of nonprofits, as an active member of Arizona Microcredit Initiative to refine their community outreach efforts, and balances being a Community Assistant for one of the Barrett residential dorms. All while being placed on the Dean’s List during all his academic semesters. As a first-generation student, Tanner has faced many challenges in terms of education and resources. Therefore, he attempts to help those in his community that face obstacles like he does to honor those that have helped him. This can be seen through his heavy involvement with the W. P. Carey School of Business as a Camp Carey facilitator, Peer Advisor and a freshman course instructor. Through TEDxASU, Tanner hopes to continue to provide a resource to spread knowledge and innovation to the ASU community and beyond.