TED Talks come to Omaha


By Kaitlyn Vickers, Contributor

“Ideas worth spreading” is the slogan of the global conferences many know as TED. Though initially conceived in 1984, it was not until 2006 when TED talks were made free of charge to viewers on the web—thus catalyzing their widespread success. By the end of 2012, they had been viewed over one billion times all over the world.
TED talks will be here in Omaha for two days this October at Creighton University’s Harper Center. These are “TEDx events,” meaning that they are independently organized TED events.
TED is a nonprofit organization that works to spread powerful ideas through short, digestible talks. In over 100 languages, these talks encompass a broad spectrum of topics, from religion and activism to psychology and economics. According to their website, TED is a self-described “community of curious souls [who] engage with ideas and each other.”
A youth event takes place on Oct. 24 from 12:30-3 p.m., which is for high school students. On Oct. 25, there is an event open to adults under the theme “In/Visible.” The event on this day is a bit longer and runs from 12-6 p.m.
To buy tickets ($30 apiece), you can visit www.tedxomaha.com/attend. For more information on this event, you can “like” TED talks on Facebook at TEDx Omaha.
The speakers this year include Bart Vargas, a fine arts professional; Brian Kelly, an architect and professor; Buey Ray Tut, executive director at Aqua-Africa; Ferial Pearson an instructional coach at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; Jeff Snell, director of psychology and neuropsychology services at Quality Living Inc.; Kaitlyn Hova, performing artist and neuroscientist; Kenneth Be, head of paintings conversation at Fords Conservation Center; Laura Jana, pediatrician and early childhood expert; Matt Hova, performing artist and electrical engineer; Matt Waite, founder of drone journalism lab and professor of practice at University of Nebraska at Lincoln; and Wendy Hamilton, Autism advocate.
As shown by the variety of speakers, the day will consist of differing talks by each person. The lineup includes people of almost every area of study to cater to college students and catch the interest of many different types of people. If you are looking to be inspired for the low price of $30, you can spend a full day with these speakers in an arena of 500 other people with similar interests.