Thursday, March 30, 2017

In the Zone: Maria Attends TEDxEdina!


At first I was going to classify this post as part of my out of the box series but who am I kidding? This is totally in my zone, and my jam! As many of you know, I LOVE science, learning, classrooms, and science communication. When TED talks first rolled out, I was hooked. I watched over 60 TED Talks in different disciplines and have learned so much (Favorite TED talk:  Amy Webb: How I Hacked Dating #goals: https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_webb_how_i_hacked_online_dating). TED stands for Technology Engineering and Design. It’s a place where experts, novices, scientists, and communicators across all discipline gather together

A nearby town, Edina, MN recently hosted a TEDxEdina Saturday, January 21st. The event was from 8am to 4pm, so it’s a legitimate commitment. Ticket cost $75—a little steep to be honest, but to me, this is equivalent to a BeyoncĂ© concert, plus, I get to learn something new and meet scientists (!!!). Without blinking, I purchased the ticket, wishful that my friends could join me. Due to the ticket cost, I ended up going alone. It didn’t bother me at all. Are you kidding? Science? Food? Scientists? Learning similar to college days? This is basically my wet dream (kidding).

The layout for this event is very similar to actual TED talks. It’s very classy, intimate, and have the fun classroom vibe (if you could imagine). Of course, I chose to sit in the first few rows—people beat me to the first row, so I was really sad about that.

When you check-in, you'll receive a lanyard with your name on it (I was unreasonably too thrilled about that), a notebook, and a pen. I got to take notes like the good ‘ol days. The subjects/topics covered were all over the board. My favorite talks were Christy Haynes on Nanotechnology, Hanadi Chehabeddine’s talk on muslim relations communications, and Maggie Bergeron who taught us how laughter is good for us.

You don’t need to have an in-depth understanding of each subject matter presented in TED talks to enjoy or understand it. TEDxEdina is exactly how I envision how TED talks work. One thing that surprised me (positively) is how friendly everyone is. TEN people introduced themselves to me, and it was beautiful It was a place where science enthusiasts gather together to learn, reflect, and discover. I cannot wait to attend next year’s TED talk! One day, I'll give my own TED Talk. Well, that's the goal anyway...

VERDICT: If you like science and meeting scientists, I HIGHLY recommend attending this event. Price is a little steep but just remember that you're supporting the science community! Yay for learning, discovery, and curiosity!

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