TEDxUCF gives Knights platform for their passions
UCF Campus Activities Board will host the second annual TEDxUCF event to help promote a community of critical thinking, creativity and conversation.
The event will take place on Saturday, April 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Business Administration I, room 119.
TEDxUCF hosts six speakers — all of whom must be UCF students, faculty, staff or alumni — who will have the freedom to speak about what they wish, with no overriding theme.
The six topics include: human trafficking, marketing yourself in the corporate world, success and failure, social interaction and human relationships in the digital world, how teachers can bring advanced topics to others and women in STEM fields.
"The event fits our mission of providing diverse events for our diverse community," said CAB Speakers Director Ryan Rasmussen, organizer of the event. "Our university is populated with students, faculty and staff with incredible ideas and unique experiences."
Attendees — who must also be UCF students, faculty, staff or alumni — are asked to submit an application, which only 100 are then chosen by random lottery.
Each speaker's topic is included in his or her application, which is submitted and chosen among the pool of applications.
One of the chosen speakers, Andrea Pulido, said it has been a dream of hers to speak at one of the TEDTalks events.
"I've grown up watching documentaries and listening to lectures for fun, so naturally I was attracted to the concept of TEDTalks," said Pulido, a first semester graduate student in the applied learning and instruction program.
After submitting an application and a video that explained why her topic is of importance to the UCF community, Pulido was selected to speak at TEDxUCF.
"I will be speaking about the benefits of using instructional video games with young girls in order to increase their levels of self-efficacy and engagement in STEM subjects beyond the middle school years," she said.
With this goal, Pulido wishes to address the sudden decline in young girls' levels of engagement and self-efficacy in STEM programs.
"STEM should no longer be seen as something that girls are naturally less good at, but rather something that should be encouraged regardless of gender," she said.
Another fan of TEDTalks, Milka Derisma said she is excited to have been chosen to share her topic with her fellow Knights.
The junior human communications major will be speaking about the success of academic failure.
"This topic is close to my heart because I failed a lot academically, but I learned so much from the process," Derisma said.
Gregory Eisenberg, a 2013 UCF graduate with an interdisciplinary studies degree, has been selected as an alumni speaker at TEDxUCF.
Eisenberg said he will cover the topic of finding the messages behind modern day marketing by translating the same techniques big companies use to market their products.
He will also discuss how specific tasks can be useful in one's professional career and personal life.
"I think this is a great lesson for students in this crucial time of their lives when they are figuring themselves out and building their future," he said. "I call this topic 'Building Your Story.'"
"Attendees are there to widen their mind and meet people they may have not met otherwise. If just one person leaves TEDxUCF feeling that they have learned something, or grew as a person, during the event, then the event has done its job," said Rasmussen, a junior radio-television production major.
For those who are not chosen as a speaker or attendee, or cannot attend the event for any reason, there will be a live streaming of TEDxUCF.
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