Aaaand we are back! Phew! It’s been a while but good news everyone… The TEDxIIT 2018 team is back for another extraordinary year!
I’ve received many inquiries about what is TEDxIIT, how does it work, why should one get involved, and why do we keep doing it every year. I think this is a perfect opportunity to share with you briefly on how we do all the organizing for the TEDx event each year on campus and why we continue to organize it each year.
For starters, to give you an idea, TEDx is a branch of TED.com and if you are not familiar with TED (Short for Technology, Entertainment, and Design) please head over to their website TED.com and get ready to be amazed about the infinite things you can learn from TED talks.
Founded by IIT Alumna Amy Lee Segami in 2010, TEDxIIT is the longest running independently organized TED Event in Chicagoland. This will be our 8th consecutive year hosting the TEDxIIT event.
The organizing team consist of IIT students, Professors, Alumni, and outer greater IIT Chicago community.
Currently we have about 8 committees in place. We meet weekly as a team and each committee meets at their own time to plan. Starting with our Fundraising Committee, Marketing/PR Committee, Production, Speaker Committee, Volunteer Committee, Webmaster Committee, and of course we can not forget our Advisory Board that helps guide with their expertise to plan the event.
The idea is to host a one day event and serve as a platform for 14 speakers that are chosen to share an idea worth spreading.
Their story in hopes to inspire and be a life changing experience for the audience. All of this takes place here at the IIT Tower on campus each Spring.
One of the things that makes TEDxIIT a unique organization apart from being associated with TED talks, is the skill set that is learned from being part of it-which inspired me to title this post exactly that: There are some things that you do not learn in the classroom. Here are some of the key skills that TEDxIIT offers, which can hopefully inspire you to why you should be part of the organizing team, and if you don’t believe me, come and see for yourself!
- It offers you an opportunity to network with alumni, professionals and TEDxIIT Speakers. I mean really, when do you have the opportunity to have these groups together all in one from different fields and build meaningful relationships.
- It offers you an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and experience something new. It’s a journey of self discovery. This is a real chance to see what you are capable of and in the process discover skills about yourself that you didn’t know you had. Once you graduate from college and you go and get your dream job, so much will be demanded of you. Technical skills are important, but if you do not have the soft skills, you will struggle.
- It teaches you to appreciate the diversity of your peers and to make lifelong friendships! I can’t count how many friends I have from different parts of the world. We are very lucky to have such a large diverse student body where we can learn from one another, it’s a culture and ideas exchange. If you have not met, nor interacted with other students from outside of your fields and culture, I challenge you to do so, share perspectives and see all that you will learn.
- Communication is key! We hear this all the time and this is especially important when you get out there and search for a job. How to be more confident about your skills and what can you bring to the table to the company to make you a more valuable individual. Talk to your boss about TED Talks and all you’ve learned and see what happens! (but really do it lol)
Interested? Please sign up here (Link to involvement form)
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Let’s have a great year ahead!
Yoetzin Diaz is the TEDxIIT Advisory Chair. She has been involved with TEDxIIT since 2012 while she was a freshman in the Architecture program at IIT. She has served many roles thru the years and was invited to attend TED Fest 2017.