Just two days left until the latest TEDxCMU event, “ImPossible,” this Sunday, April 3!
Even if you didn’t get a ticket, you can still watch all talks and performances live on the TEDxCMU website from http://tedxcmu.com/watch , starting at 10AM EST on Sunday, April 3rd.
“Part conference, part revolution.” This year, CMU explores the “impossible,” and asserts that hardships and challenges are what society thrives on. Speakers have been asked to explore challenges in their lives and how they were turned into opportunities. This year’s line up includes an incredible mix of 9 speakers and performers: a chief mad scientist, a medical mystery man, a marketing genius, a design guru, and talented musicians, among others.
Last spring’s “Fearless” event was truly incredible, and this year’s looks equally awesome. I’ll personally be tuning into the live webcast from Beijing!
TEDxUniPittsburgh is finally here! Get ready for some exciting shenanigans and “Something Completely Different.” The program will start at noon and go til 6pm. We’ll start the program off with speakers centered around the theme of “stories”. Make sure to think of some as well because we will be asking the audience to contribute! Then be prepared to “play” some games led by Friday Night Improve and Obscure Games. Finally, the last portion of the program will be “projects.” You’ll hear of unique and successful projects such as the Waffle Shop. Come, meet, and be entertained!
Harry Potter fans (and to those Dursely’s out there) — we’ll be learning the game of quidditch! (yes there’s a playable muggle version on brooms) Speaking during the “plays” section will be Quidditch Club Pittsburgh who incidentally are ranked fourth in the world.
Here’s a quick bio:
Currently the 4th best team…in the world. Last fall, they headed to “quidditch country,” where they competed against more than 20 teams in the 2009 IQA World Cup at Middlebury. Caped entertainers juggled flaming batons and chanted spells while 500 spectators watched Pitt land in the Final Four, the only first-year team to do so.
The captain of Pitt’s team, John Battaglia, started playing quidditch in high school after he and some friends discovered online videos of game play and the IQA’s official rule book. Battaglia, a junior majoring in business as well as politics and philosophy, was hooked by both the athleticism and ridiculousness of the sport, a hybrid of handball, dodge ball, and literature come to life. In the spring of 2009, he discovered other quidditch enthusiasts—this time at Pitt. They built a team by recruiting friends, Potter fans, athletes, and curious onlookers. Now, they spend Sunday afternoons on the lawn, running drills, practicing aim, inventing strategies, and mystifying passersby. The team is currently defending their honor at the 2010 IQA World Cup in NYC. Go Pitt!
For those that have been waiting, registration is now open for TEDxUniPittsburgh v. 3!
The event will be on November 14th, from 12:00 – 6:00pm in the Public Health Auditorium on Pitt’s campus. You’ll find speakers ranging from esoteric activities that have sprung up (no snitching if you know), lessons from conflicts and stories from people (and a variety of breakfast-themes), and stories of communicating across and beyond standard boundaries (east meets west meets elimination of binaries). Come, meet, be entertained.
We ask that people register so that we have a sense of how many people are coming (so we don’t exceed the room’s capacity), so we can gauge the audience (and come up with interesting activities), and so we can print nametags. Tell your friends, tell your enemies, tell anyone you think would be interested!
To all those who have been waiting, here you go: The next TEDxUniPittsburgh event will be held on Sunday, November 14th, from Noon – 6pm in the Public Health Auditorium on Pitt’s campus. Speakers will include Pitt students, community leaders, and some curious activities – all connected (and yet not) by our theme of ‘Something Completely Different’. Note that the date is different from some other initial announcements – this is a result of room scheduling, and we hope it will not inconvenience anyone. If you’re looking for a registration form, follow us on Twitter (@tedxunipgh), Facebook (TEDxUniPgh) and/or check back here in a few days.
Be excited! (We are)
So TEDxMidAtlantic is having a TEDx event (TEDxOilSpill) focused on the Leak in the Gulf. We’ll be hosting the livestream event for this in Pittsburgh! The event is on Monday, June 28th, from 9am-6pm, and anyone is welcome. We’ll be having it on Pitt’s campus (which is very friendly to public transportation and fairly central), in Benedum Hall 1175 – there will be signs. If you’re interested in coming, register for the Meetup event! We hope to see you there for some discussion as the event goes on.
I finally finished editing all of the talks from our May 8th event. Thanks to everyone for making it a memorable event.
You can view the videos here.
We just posted photos from the May 8 TEDxUniPittsburgh event in our flickr group. If you have pictures as well, feel free to add them to the pool. Videos of the talks will be posted soon as well.
Special thanks to Stephen Dewhurst for being our official event photographer.
Role Playing Games (RPGs) usually assign statistics to the game’s characters. For those who filled out the original registration form you may remember there were fun BONUS questions to rate yourself in the following categories:
We removed all personal information and just kept the numbers.
As you can see, we’re an intelligent and charismatic bunch with just slightly above-average dexterity.
If you were at our event on May 8th, please fill out TED’s feedback form to let them know what you thought: http://bit.ly/tedxfeedback
Also send your thoughts and experiences from the event to info@TEDxUniPittsburgh.com.
If you weren’t at the event, here’s a super-quick recap of the afternoon:
The theme of our TEDxUniPittsburgh event was EXPERIENCE.
The afternoon was divided into three sections:
- NEW Experiences
- DESIGNING Experiences
- HAVING Experience
It was held in the Randy Pausch Interdisciplinary Studio at CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center. We had over 100 guests in attendance.
To introduce NEW EXPERIENCES, the afternoon began with an interactive performance by Liz Chang, Dane Toney, and Michele de la Reza from Attack Theatre.
We then watched our first TED Talk video of the day, Derek Sivers, How To Start A Movement:
Continuing the New Experiences session, Jesse Schell spoke about education in The Future Is Beautiful.
Then we had a SURPRISE speaker, David Newell, better known as Mr. McFeely of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. He gave an inspiring talk about Fred Rogers and the New Experiences involved in that revolutionary educational program.
This concluded our New Experiences session. During a 30-minute discussion break many connections were made, ideas shared, and snacks consumed. To facilitate conversation, every guests’ name tag listed three things that they are passionate about (which we got when they filled out their ticket application). We also featured a few ETC project such as Mocotila and the Innovation Oakland kiosk project in our discussion area.
Andrew Hosmer kicked off our second session, DESIGNING Experiences, with Talking Through A Robot. He reflected on his experiences in designing a robot named Quasi.
Our second TED Talk video was Tom Wujec, Bulid A Tower, Build A Team.
The ETC students were represented well by The Yume Project. On stage were four of the five team members: Christine Barnes, Mike Honeck, Andy Ping Li, and David Teot. Their other team member, Yan Lin, was unavailable for the event. They presented the results of their semester’s work.
With the Designing Experiences session complete, we had another 30-minute discussion break. This time we asked guests to clear the room so we could prepare another surprise for them.
Our third and final session, HAVING Experience, began with that surprise. Underneath each seat was a Powerball Lottery ticket. So far, I am aware of $6 having been won from that surprise.
After the surprise we watched our final TED Talk video, Jane McGonigal, Gaming Can Make A Better World.
But wait, there was one more surprise…
Some lucky people in the audience had a golden ticket in their programs. They each won a book that was donated by O’Reilly books.
See what people have been saying after the event. #TEDxUniPgh
Thanks to our speakers, performers, volunteers, organizers, and guests. The event was incredibly inspiring. It was a pleasure sharing the experience with all of you.
And good luck with your lottery tickets. If you win something please let us know. We want to celebrate with you.
Check back soon for videos and pictures of the event. In the meantime, see what people are tweeting!