TEDxUppsalaUniversity Event 2018
What to expect from a day with TEDxUppsalaUniversity
We assume that you’ve watched plenty of TED-talks, but attending a TEDxUppsalaUniversity is different. It’s a live production. It’s MORE.
This text give you insight into what to expect. It’s built on what actually happened last year and what we expect to happen this year. We’ve tried to keep it a bit undetailed because we don’t want to spoil it 😉
It’s cold outside and you’ve never been to the venue before buy you’ve heard that it’s some kind of hyper modern lecture hall.
The info mail you got after paying your ticket said that the first speaker would go on stage at about 1 pm but that you were welcome from noon. You want to be early so you arrive just a couple of minutes past noon. To your surprise there are already people there and name badges and goodie bags are getting handed out as more guests check in.
People are talking and drinking tea as people in black TEDx t-shirts are running in and out of the theater; “X is done on stage, can you go and get speaker Y? The film team want to check YouKnowWhat again”.
Time flies and you’re glad that you arrived early as you have already talked to several people and feel much more at home. Three speakers go on stage one after another and between the talks the moderator let the audience ask questions. You decide to raise your hand but the mic never arrives – there are too many questions and the moderator is forced to take charge to keep the event on schedule. Then it’s break time.
During the break you get to take up your question with some people you’ve never met before; one is a student from Ångström, the next one work for the municipality and the last one turns out to be a PhD from Handels. Suddenly a photographer shows up and ask if she can take a picture “It will go on the website!” she says.
After the break it’s time for three more speakers and you unfortunately get a seat where the stage is partly covered by someone from the camera team. On the one hand it’s annoying but on the other hand it make the whole experience feel very /real/. These TEDx-talks are getting made NOW and your part of the making. You take a photo of the camera person and the half-covered stage and post it on Instagram.
Then it’s food time, you get the chance the reload you’re batteries, whilst continuing discussions on issues and solutions that have been brought up. Perhaps even with the speaker themselves, Why Not? You also get the chance to indulge in different activities that have you interact with all sorts of people, ideas and perspectives.
After the last sessions it’s past 7 pm and your brain feels like it will explode from all the new impressions, yet you decide to tag along to the pub. You get home way later than you expected after getting caught in an engaging discussion with two new friends. You’re tired but can’t help smiling and think “carpe yolo”.