Plans for TEDxDalhousie ‘generating buzz’ in community

Dalhousie University will be hosting TED talks event later this month. Kathleen Reid talks about planning, ticket sales and the itinerary for the event, which will soon be announcing speakers.

Dalhousie University will be hosting its own independently organized TED talks event later this month. Beginning at 3 p.m. on March 29, the speaker series event will take place in Nova Scotia for the fourth year.

Kathleen Reid is a co-coordinator of the event, and has high expectations for this year.

“I hope that it will bring a broader sense of community within our student body, and all the people that are involved in our community at Dal,”she said. “Just starting conversation about things that are important here.”

Demand for tickets already exceeding seating limit

Although speakers haven’t yet been announced, the event is already generating interest.

“We’ve gotten a great response on Facebook, I think there’s over 1000 people that say they’re attending the event,” Reid said.

This is slightly problematic, as the McInnes room of the Student Union Building has a maximum capacity of 400 people. “It’s good though, because it’s generating a lot of buzz,” said Reid.

Each TEDx independent event has a theme, and this year’s TEDxDalhousie is focused around the theme ‘People. Passions. Possibilities.’ Reid expects talks on a variety of topics people are enthusiastic about.

“At a university there’s so many different areas people are passionate about and it’s really cool to see the response we’ve gotten. We’ve gotten a lot of student applications, which is awesome because it’s a Dal event now, so it’ll be a really different roster of speakers.”

This theme sets a guideline for the itinerary of the day, which consists of three separate speaker sessions, with breaks between each. The event will also include dinner. Each session will have two or three speakers as well as an entertainer, which could be anything from music to spoken word poetry.

The tickets haven’t gone on sale yet, but will be available for $25 beginning at least two weeks before the event, according to Reid. They can be bought on the TedxDalhousie website or at the Student Union Building’s info desk on campus. The student union also plays a part in organizing the event, providing funding, resources and technological equipment for the event.

Bigger and better than previous years

This years TEDxDalhousie is set to be larger than last year’s TEDxNovaScotia event, which had the theme ‘Chances Worth Taking’. It is also more focused around Dalhousie’s community, although it is open to the public.

As for what attendees of TEDxDalhousie can expect from the event, Reid speaks to TED’s motto, ‘Ideas Worth Sharing.’

“I like the idea that everyone is passionate about something that they can talk about. The whole overarching idea that everyone has a Ted talk within them,” Reid said.