TEDxSMU Gets Down To Basics And Talks Human Survival

October 18, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Andy Garcia
atgarcia@smu.edu

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.”

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)