TEDxMU makes inaugural appearance at RJI

By RJI on April 24, 2012 0 Comments Ideas
Wade Foster shares his ideas on teaching entrepreneurship to TEDxMU
Tech Entrepreneur Wade Foster shares his ideas on teaching entrepreneurship to TEDxMU attendees in RJI’s Fred W. Smith Forum.

On April 14, 2012, RJI played host to TEDxMU, the Mizzou campus’ first independently organized version of TED, the global set of conferences formed to disseminate "ideas worth spreading." Featuring a diverse lineup of speakers, the day-long event offered a spectrum of topics that were selected from more than 60 prospective presenters.

Just as the presenters had to compete for an opportunity to present, attendees also had to apply to attend. More than 300 applicants expressed desire to be in the TEDxMU audience which, by the event’s license from TED, was limited to 100 people. The selected attendees who packed the Fred W. Smith Forum represented a diverse cross section of the local community. Those afforded the occasion to attend were told they had been chosen based on their capacity to share the TEDx experience with others.

Through out the course of the TEDxMU event, presenters shared their insights into an eclectic and varied range of topics including life science research, teaching entrepreneurship, tackling global media bias, reverse engineering innovation, and one’s individual role in the collaborative process. Attendees were treated to a personal account of space flight and were even engaged in a live sing-along of U2’s “Elevation.”

Curated and organized by MU students, the event brought together a collection of resources from across the community. “The spirit of TED is contagious. The event pulled together support from Student Life, the Dean of the Trulaske College of Business, the Reynolds Journalism Institute, and the Crosby MBA program. We could not be making all of this progress without their support. TEDxMU itself is truly an example of innovation through collaboration" shared Aamer Tramu, one of the student organizers, an MBA candidate and international journalist. A further example of the collaborative nature of the event was in evidence by the large “TEDxMU” letters used in the event’s staging. They were fabricated by the Stephens College Theatre Department.

The site of the event’s lunch gathering, RJI’s Palmer Room as well as the RJI Lobby was enhanced by local fine artist Kate Gray’s multi medium installation exploring the nature of the creative process.

The themes of the TEDxMU speakers were threaded together by the event’s master of ceremony Keith Politte, manager of the RJI Tech Testing Center, who also served as an advisor to the student organizers. Plans are already underway for more local TEDx events. Cale Sears, another student organizer and a freshman pre-journalism student, was recently qualified to apply for event licenses for more than 100 attendees.

Videos from the event have been posted to TEDxMU’s YouTube page, where they will be evaluated for inclusion into the main TED content channel.

TEDxMU Video:

Cale Sears and Keith Politte

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Jack Schultz: More about Jack

Eavesdropping on Plants

Karl Kochendorfer: More about Karl

Seek and Ye Shall Find – The Future of Search

Tim Miles: More about Tim

For ALL Your Special Needs

Linda Godwin: More about Linda

Human Spaceflight, a Personal Experience

Jim Spencer: More about Jim

Multisource News and the Battle of Media Bias

Dan Oshinsky: More about Dan

U2 and Breaking Through

Wade Foster: More about Wade

Confessional of a Recovering MBA Grad – Working in a Tech Startup

Francesco Marconi: More about Francesco

The Hidden Side of Innovation

Amanda Gastler and Mindy Bruning

Audience Engagement Exercise

Emily Eldridge: More about Emily

Why Collaborationis an Individual Effort

Doug Pitt: More about Doug

Technology, NonProfits, and the Emerging World

Keith Politte and Curtis Roller

Closing Remarks and Credits
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