More than 1,000 people filed into the Performing Arts Center for Western’s second independent Technology, Education and Design (TED) conference. Understanding fear, humans using fire in evolution, and transgender inclusion in the NCAA were a few topics discussed Saturday, April 11. TEDxWWU received 70 applications from professors, students and members of the community for potential speakers. It was narrowed down to 13 applicants chosen.
Western senior and speaker, Bobby Davis, gave a presentation on design and how the term “designer” is often attributed only to artists. He discussed how in reality people are designing things every day.
“I think it’s incredible we as students and people of the community have opportunities to share ideas like this,” Davis said.
Each speaker spoke for 18 minutes or less while presenting their knowledge about a passion of theirs.
The TED organization allows people to apply for licenses to organize their own independently run TED talks on a smaller scale, hence the name TEDx, according to their website.
“I’m excited TED is here at Western,” Western alumna Ariana Barse said, “It’s great that Western gets to experience this on campus.”