In celebration of the date 10/10/10, members of the Penn State community across the Commonwealth tuned in to TEDxPSU yesterday for an opportunity to have their minds blown. As an attendee I can personally say, “Mission accomplished.”
Host Christian Brady, Dean of the Schreyer Honors College, introduced each speaker while giving little “toots” of his own speech which was finally strung together at the end of the program.
The speakers at the event included Penn State professors and alumni, as well as TED veteran speaker Rives, mashup artist DJ Earworm, TEDxKibera co-creator Tonee Ndungu from Kenya, and a few prerecorded speeches from past TED events. There was an eclectic mix of content, ranging from the musical stylings of Penn State graduate and local artist Jason O to a lecture on the role of boys in today’s educational culture.
The TEDxPSU Executive Committee only started planning for the event during Blue & White weekend back in April. Over a period of six months, and with the help of dozens of students, faculty, and staff volunteers, they were able to put together the first TEDxPSU event (but hopefully not the last!). Official “watch parties” occurred on five other Penn State campuses, in addition to overflow coverage in Thomas.