Tonight’s entry is going to be very short.
I will try to get more written tomorrow, but today was a very busy day!
I woke up and went for a 5km run around the area, and then got dressed and walked over to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
After signing, in I received my gift bag and badge! So many goodies inside…an umbrella, urbanears, a dragonfly converter, a stylus and a vapur water bottle.
This morning began with a Workshop ‘Taming Wicked Problems!”, lead by Tom Wujec. I received a book after the Workshop and proceeded to the TEDInsitute Session which featured:
Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa (GoThinkBig) – investing in people’s potential
Jeremy Bentham (Shell) – making future memories to better visualize a path toward success
Kate Groch (Bush Schools) – providing access to technology to aid education in rural Africa
Jennifer Healey (Intel) – personal digital data as a future currency of exchange
Chris Paretta (State Street) – being able to think wide and have deep knowledge of disciplines
Mahadev Raman (Arup) – maintaining the human environmental confort zone (20-25`C, 30-70% humidity
Philippe Schulz (Renault-Nissan) – leaving the oil business to develop environmentally conscious automobiles
Ton Wujec (Autodesk) – how design and creativity can aid innovation and ideas
Once this session concluded everyone walked over to the University Lyceum for our first TEDUniversity session featuring attendees! The inside of the theater was absolutely beautiful and very TED.
Concluding the University session we walked back over to the conference centre for some friendly networking before being bussed over to the National Museum for the evening reception. There everyone spent another few hours meeting other attendees and enjoying conversations about the day’s events. At the reception I met Arthur Benjamin, who is completely amazed by the 5 million views his talk about Mathmagic received. He took the time to explain his process briefly and explained what the seemingly random words he mentioned during his calculations meant!
I then bumped into Tokunbo again. I had told him how much I could relate to his talk earlier, and we began talking more specifically about our stories. I hope to run into him again to discuss in more detail how I could possibly become involved with his organization!
I then walked home and edited a few images from yesterday’s adventures and tried to keep my blog post short as tomorrow will be another packed and busy day! We didn’t even really get to the big speakers yet!
on the way up
TEDx’ers get creative!
….and they told me it always rained in Scotland….