Ideas worth spreading at S&T

By: Alexis Lee, News Writer

Missouri S&T is hosting a “TEDx” event to bring “ideas worth spreading” to campus on April 6, 2017. The theme of this discussion will be “Creating Tomorrow: Bold Solutions and Big Ideas.” The application deadline was back in late-January, where the applicants were expected to summarize their presentation and explain how the talk ties into the overall theme during the application process. The presenters were then selected based on their ideas and relevance. “We hope to present a diverse lineup of scientists, artists, storytellers and volunteers who share their vision of the future,” commented Melani Wulff, project support coordinator in student diversity, outreach and women’s programs and member of the organizing committee. So far, the event has a large variety of topics. Peter Ehrhard, Communications Specialist of External Relations at Missouri S&T, reported, “Presentations at the event will range from the power of school breakfasts, a gerontologist’s study into the understanding of a parent’s legacy, and the importance of a universal technological education, to rethinking plants for engineering, and community engagement through the arts.”

TED began in 1984 with topics focusing on the convergence of technology, entertainment and design. However, the nonprofit global community has expanded into an extremely diverse organization where topics have no limit. TEDx, specifically, is a nonprofit organization branched from TEDTalks, and it is an independent, self-organized program held locally. The presentations are all recorded and shared with the TEDx organization’s media database. TEDx is only one of the many subdivisions, though. There are now Conferences, TED Talks, TED Prize, TEDx, and TED-Ed. They all have the same goal, nevertheless: “How can we best spread great ideas?” TED’s mission is to share concepts all around the world to hopefully spark passion, interest, and intellect. Most importantly, TED’s hope is to use this expansion and distribution of knowledge to advance and improve attitudes, lives, and the world.

The university hopes to spark the conversation within the S&T community to challenge young students to become innovative with the changes we will start seeing around the world. Will Zwikelmaier, a member of the event’s organizing committee and a manager in the Video Communications Center at Missouri S&T, stated, “These and other topics at TEDxMissouriS&T are all a part of a larger conversation that is happening right in our community.” By engaging the campus, Rolla can potentially start building the solutions to our world’s problems. All that is needed for it to start is an idea worth spreading.

Tickets for the event are on sale, as of February 21. The tickets cost $25 each, and they are limited to a single ticket per person. There are only 100 tickets available for the event. Photo ID is required upon purchase, and the tickets can be received at the Leach Theatre Box Office at 103 Castleman Hall on 400 W. 10th Street. The hours for the box office are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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