I attended and unofficially volunteered at the TEDxUCI Limitless: 50 Years of Vitality event last month! My boyfriend Eric was part of the core exec team so it was a no-brainer for me to attend and show support. The event focused on celebrating UC Irvine’s past, present, and future featuring speakers from UCI and from the community such as Chris Fox, Joel Veenstra, Naty Rico, and Diego Rosso. But what's TedX? — TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." They are conferences that are held globally by individual organizers such as cities, schools and other institutions. The format of Ted talks are "A suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances that are idea-focused, and cover a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter.'
This was actually my first time attending a TedX event even though I've been a Ted talk viewer online for several years. One of my goals is to speak at a TedX event one day as I hope to inspire and share ideas as well. I didn't get a chance to listen to all the speakers but the ones that I did listen to were quite interesting. We even got to see a handy ultra sound demo being done right on the stage!
It was very touching see that all the hard work of the core team members were paid off as the event was a huge success. It's always important for me to surround myself with people who care about wanting to inspire change, positivity, and promote new ideas so attending this conference was really fun.