TEDxSMU Gets Down To Basics And Talks Human Survival

October 18, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Andy Garcia

In a room of a dozen people, only a single person moves. The long figure contorts her body while the others watch in awe as history is about to be made.

After 29 hours of countless positions and poses, Lisa Jaya Waters is about to break the world record for the longest continuous yoga.

Waters’ effort is more than just a personal goal, it is an act of raising awareness. Waters hopes that her actions will help raise awareness for the charity organization Baal Dan, and their mission to provide for the survival of improvised children in India.

With less than a minute left till she breaks the record, Waters encourages her audience to start a countdown. As the count closes in on the number “zero,” the anticipation in the room magnifies and the excitement of every individual in the room is made apparent.

Finally, the count ends and the room erupt with cheers, celebrating the victory of one women and her work to help those in need.

Water’s effort was just one of the attractions at the second annual TEDxSMU conference at the Wyly Theater on Saturday, Oct. 16. Drawing innovators from the realms of technology, entertainment, and design from around the world, the conference aimed at drawing attention to the theme of human survival.

Leading the conference were a number of speakers including Bill Lively, President and CEO of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee. Lively emphasized the necessity of the arts for humanity and how “the arts are not a luxury, they are essential.”

Apart from the lectures the conference provided time for attendees to mingle and explore a number of exhibits.

Photo Gallery From The 2nd Annual TEDxSMU:

One of the exhibits, a white board, asked what people would do they if they ruled the world. In regards to the theme of human survival, responses such as “teach everyone the golden rule” filled the wall.

During the course of the recess time, SMU junior Amrita Vir met and spoke with people. She felt one of the conference’s highlight’s was its ability to bring different people together.

“I think it is a great opportunity for people and all members of walks of life to come together and synthesize something,” Vir said.

Rapper Baba Brinkman also garnered a lot of interest at the conference. Brinkman, who rapped on subjects like evolution and economic disparity, became a popular topic for tweets using the TEDxSMU hashtag.

SMU sophomore Michael Davis enjoyed how Brinkman was able to mesh evolutionary altruism with rap to provide an entertaining educational experience.

While the conference did provide entertainment, it still managed to provoke thought.

Jacob Good, a software developer from New York, believed that he benefited from getting the chance to explore new ideas regarding the future of humanity through “taking more steps and breaking boundaries to survive.”

VIDEO: World Record Breaking Yoga

October 16, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Andy Garcia

Lisa Jaya Waters broke the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous yoga at TEDxSMU on Saturday, Oct. 16.

Waters world breaking feat was an effort to raise awareness for the charity Baal Dan and their mission to help improvised children in India.

After breaking the record Waters continued with her yoga in order to beat the record time for the women’s longest continuous yoga. Due to the rules of the Guinness World Records, Waters second record will not be added to the book.

Waters on the verge of breaking the world record for the longest continuous yoga:

VIDEO: Interview with Lisa Jaya Waters from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

Waters breaks the record the world record for the longest continuous yoga:

VIDEO: Lisa Jaya Waters Breaks Yoga Record from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

TEDxSMU: Virtual Paint Exhibit

October 16, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted By Aida Ahmed

While we were on the sixth floor of the Wyly Theatre we came across an interesting exhibit set up for guests of TEDxSMU. Robert Davidson of Dallas Makerspace showed Andy Garcia how to use a virtual paint canvas, a creation of the inventors at the local laboratory.

Dallas Makerspace is similiar to a hackerspace. The community workshop and laboratory is comprised of local artists, engineers, makers and creators that work together to collect tools and resources for individual and community projects in order to promote science and technology.

The way the canvas works is the “artist” dunks a large paintbrush into a virtual can of paint and begins to draw on the canvas. Check out Andy’s demonstration of the exhibit.

VIDEO: TEDxSMU Dallas Makerspace Exhibit from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

TEDxSMU at the Wyly Theatre

October 15, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Video: TEDxSMU from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

Join Aida Ahmed and Andy Garcia as they cover the second annual TEDxSMU conference at the Wyly Theatre in Downtown Dallas. The conference brings together innovative minds from the fields of technology, entertainment and design, as well as other disciplines.

This sign, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' stands behind the registration booths at TEDxSMU. (PHOTO BY AIDA AHMED / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Guests for TEDxSMU fill the Wyly Theatre in downtown Dallas Saturday morning. (PHOTO BY AIDA AHMED / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Idea Week, TEDxSMU Host Free Events All Week

October 14, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Aida Ahmed

The inaugural ”Idea Week” at SMU marks the start of TEDxSMU, a local offshoot of the Technology Entertainment Design conference.

Everyday until Oct. 17, TEDxSMU will host a free event that students, faculty and staff can attend. The events range from discussions in restaurants to “speed ideating.” Idea Week will lead up to the actual TEDxSMU conference on Oct. 17.

Innovators such as Baba Brinkman, Canadian actor and rap artist, Bill Lively, president and CEO of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee and Rabbi David Stern of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas,Tx  will be presenting at this year’s conference.

Two members of the SMU community will also be speaking at TEDxSMU. Nathan Huntoon, director of the Innovation Gymnasium st SMU and junior Austin Hodges, member of the SMU Biometrics Research Team will be presenting the SMU Lyle School of Engineering SkunkWorks Lab.

Tickets are sold out for the event but make sure to check out the Daily Mustang. We’ll be live blogging the conference.

Here are a few of the events you can still attend:

Live Webcast of TEDxKIDS @SMU – Oct. 15

Run with Ray – Oct. 16

Live Webcast of TEDxSMU – Oct. 16

Woodbox Beats & Balladry – Oct. 16

Stay tuned for our live blog coverage of TEDxSMU on Saturday!

Win Free Tickets To The SMU TEDxCHANGE Webcast

September 13, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Aida Ahmed

The Technology, Entertainment and Design forum is coming to SMU. TEDx is made up of local, self-organized events to bring people together. This year the university is hosting TEDxSMU events, starting with an arts salon and exhibit and ending with the TEDxSMU conference in October.

So how can you be a part of TEDxSMU?

TEDxSMU and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth are hosting a live webcast of TEDxChange: “The Future We Make” from New York on Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m in the Collins Executive Education Center, and you have a chance to be in attendance. The webcast will focus on the United Nations’ millennium goals of tackling global issues like poverty, child mortality and disease by 2015. Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will convene the webcast.

SMU is giving away ten tickets to the webcast for the first ten Daily Mustang readers who e-mail us a picture of themselves holding a sign stating their ideas for a better world. starting with the phrase, “In Our Future…”

For more information on your submission visit the Gates Foundation.

E-mail all submissions to mustangeditors@gmail.com