UVU TEDx event encourages imagination

Matt Holland, Utah Valley University president, UVU

Matt Holland, Utah Valley University president, will be one of the speakers at TEDxUVU. (Photo by Matt Bennett)

UVU is building on its brand for “engaged learning” by hosting a TEDx event on Wednesday, April 1.

“Imagine” is the theme for speeches, performances and lessons shared at the day-long conference. The first ever TEDxUVU will be held April 1 in the Ragan Theatre and features authors, attorney generals, the president of UVU and community members with “messages worth spreading.”

TED Talks began as a yearly conference of scientists, businessmen, philosophers, religious leaders and artists to share their passions. This event was invitation only but in recent years has expanded to a global fan-base where members attend and stream TED Talks all over the world. The TEDx concept continues the worldwide learning-and-sharing phenomenon by narrowing in on communities where residents have wisdom to share.

Students pushed for this event on campus and have turned their imagination into reality. Event organizers hope TEDxUVU will be thought provoking, informative and give a sense of pride to the UVU community.

“This hands on experience of listening and learning from community leaders, innovators and forward thinkers will garnish thought-provoking ideas as well as celebrate the success of what so many people are accomplishing in the state of Utah,” said Tyler Brklacich, UVUSA student body president and co-chair of the TEDxUVU planning committee. “UVU students should understand that the education they are receiving has the capability to lead them anywhere. TEDxUVU may be just the thing to inspire those who attend to become the leading inventors, educators and philosophers of our generation.”

Tickets for TEDxUVU are $15 for students or $25 for general admission per session. To attend the entire conference, tickets are $75. It will be held at the Ragan Theatre on April 1 starting at 8:30 a.m. For more information and tickets, visit uvu.edu/tedx.

BYU is also planning a TEDx event, which will be hosted by the Ballard Center at 7 p.m.–9:30 p.m. on April 9, at the Covey Center, 425 W. Center St.

UVU’s TEDx schedule for April 1:

Keynote Session – Advance 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Joe Landolina, Inventor of VETI-GEL
James Green, “Advancing Airline Single-Pilot Concept”
Pam Lara, “Discovering Stars”

Shape Session 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Robert Bennett, “Shaping Modern Society through Parkour”
Paul Parkins, “Reimaging Empathy: The Transformative Nature of Empathy”
Carine Clark, Chief Executive Officer of MaritzCX
President Matthew S. Holland, President of Utah Valley University

Define 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Craig Thulin, “Imagine that: No One Knows What is, and isn’t, a Drug”
Kyle Reyes, Special Assistant to the President
Jeanette Bennett, “What Happy People Talk About”
Taylor Hartman, “Motive Matters”
Native Hoop Dance, Performance

Envision 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Adam Meredith, “The Perfect Balance: Constraints on Infinity”
Karen Ashton, Found of Timpanogos Story Telling Festival
Suzy Cox, “Teens, Technology, and Transformation”
Michael Savoie, “Modularity and the Internet of Things”
David Thulin, “Fear, Enemy of Imagination and Innovation”
Kyle Nelson & Jacob Rees, “We See You”


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