May 7, 2011 by readlisaread
You know you are a geek when….. I found myself surrounded by smart people talking about interesting things in a building dedicated to learning and innovation.
Why: TEDxJuan de Fuca
When: a full day of sharing, networking, learning and having horizons expanded.I arrived at about 12:30, the event started at 1:00pm, and was divided into 3 sections, each with several live speakers and one pre-recorded video from another TED or TEDx conference.
Bonus feature: The videos included one from William Kamkwamba
that, even though it was pre-recorded a few years earlier, was still so moving and impacted us so greatly, it got wild applause.
Speaking of applause, in an obvious but accidental parallel, this speaker: Taylor Conroy was the only speaker to receive (and greatly deserve) a standing ovation.
Other bonus feature: I was pretty impressed with the brain power (and the heart) in the room, and feeling like I was a bit out of my depth when at the after-party I was sat beside 2 astronomers and across from a micro biologist and a professional writer. Imagine my surprise (and how quickly I was made to feel at ease) when Peter Unrau remembered my name. I actually still don’t know HOW he knew my name, but I still owe him a beer for that.
It really was an opportunity to learn from one-another. And made me really excited about being involved in TED again in the future, as well as another special project one of the talks inspired…..more on that in a future post.
If I turn up in any of the official photos, I’ll update with those too.