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Two weeks ago, WFU hosted its second TEDx. I was unable to attend the first event last year, but made a point to make it to this year’s event. (and even took a couple of friends with me!)
Rather than go into detail on each speaker, I thought it might be useful to describe the event! First, it is held in Wait Chapel and registration is usually capped at around 1000 participants. This differs from standard TED talks that are usually capped at 100 attendees to give the events a more personal feel. The event started at 12 noon and was divided into three speaker blocks, with three speakers in each block. The first block also includes comments by Provost Kersh, who mentioned the ZSR Library’s upcoming MOOC and comments by the moderator, Morris Morrison.
Alumnus, Ricky Van Veen, one of the founders of College Humor, was the opening speaker in the first block and did an excellent job discussing how people use social media to tell the story of what they believe and who they are. Between each speaker block of three speakers, there was a 15 minute break. This proved to be a good format that allowed people the flexibility to move around and interact between the speaker blocks!
All in all, this was a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon!