On the 13th of November 2016, Shiv Nadar university witnessed the first TEDxShivNadarUniversity conference. The pre-event hype multiplied as the speakers were revealed one by one as they were from disparate fields with a unique idea to share on this coveted platform. From a journalist to an advocate, from a chef to an economist, and from a photographer to an entrepreneur, it was an outstanding amalgamation. But did the conference live up to its motto of “ideas worth spreading”? Yes it certainly did. Most speakers lingered over their own life stories while some speakers set about infusing deep thoughts and questions among the audience. Overall, the event was well-executed and without much mishap and a popular statement is that the conference surpassed everything expected from an event that was the first of its kind. Since the conference was not hinged on a particular theme, it attracted an audience of varied membership.
What is TEDxShivNadarUniversity?
Curiosity is what drives human progress and gives birth to change. TEDx is a platform to inspire, motivate and encourage people to think unconventionally. TEDx is where stimulating stories are sure to coax out the dormant ideas and views lying in the back of your mind; here different perspectives fuel the wheels and cogs in your brain to shift gears and look at life through a fresh set of eyes. With talks on topics that range throughout the social spectrum (from mental health to the caste system), this year’s TEDx conference on November 12th, 2017 certainly promises to challenge your current notions and pave the way for new viewpoints. Just like last time there are no constraints, no theme, as the daylong conference will have assorted speakers. What makes this platform even better is that you don’t have to be an influential personality to share an idea.
Your curiosity has probably been piqued by the sight of the ‘X’s around campus, from the coffee stirrers in Georgia to the large one hanging in d-block. The small chalk-board in the library entrance is keeping us updated on the speakers and news which provoke our engrossment. With an enthusiastic team heading the club and their newly selected volunteers, we can expect a much larger, galvanising conference this year. How do we know this? Well for starters this year’s event budget is more than 10 lakhs so we can expect a grandly orchestrated affair indeed.
Expectations for this year are flying as high as the balloons in the video uploaded by TEDx as a part of their marketing campaign. They are expecting us to come equipped with inquisitiveness to burst open the balloons of knowledge to feed our curious minds. The buzz around the event is accumulating, and there are predictions that tickets will be sold out before you know it. The first round tickets were sold out in mere 53 seconds last year. Will the record be broken in 2017? So as you save up your thirst for knowledge, keep a check on your piggy bank savings too and stay alert enough to grab your tickets soon!
Turn on your reminders, stock up your wallets, and be sure to prick your ears and keep your eyes peeled as the date of the ticket sales will be up soon.