Posted By Ted Baumhauer

The first TEDx Rochester conference was held this past week. If you don't know what a TED Conferecen is, check out their web site at www.ted.com. What a great event. I was honored to be an invited guest of one of this year’s speakers, Larry Moss. The program was made up of 14 presenters from around the Rochester area and two videos of TED Conference presentations. We were treated to a wide breadth of information from building communities, nano technology, sustainable architecture, virtual world animation, to performance dance. Each presentation was between 10 and 18 minutes long and they were all interesting and very informative. 

The whole idea of TED conferences (TED standing originally for technology, entertainment, and design) is an old idea made new. It seems to me to be a call back to the time before television when people would go out at night in search of education. Some would certainly look for entertainment but others would attend lectures. The TED franchise seems to have taken that idea and brought it forward changed the format from one speaker to many and shortened the time for each presenter to adapt to our modern attention spans. 

For me personally I heard presenters, good presenters, talking about topics I would normally never seek out. Who knows where the cross pollination of ideas might lead?  This could also be done, and is, on Youtube or on television, but the conference gives the audience the treat of seeing it live and also the opportunity to talk to the presenters in the lobby. There is a value in that that cannot be replicated. It was a well run, entertaining, and informative event and I hope there are many more.

 
1 Comment(s):
Tony Karakashian said...
Ted, thanks very much for the kind words! We've been approved for a license for a second TEDxRochester and it's scheduled right now for November 1st of next year. Keep an eye on the website to know when registration opens!
November 16, 2009 03:39:25
 
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