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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 I he Statement
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walk before you picked up this magazine. or you R y : ' A
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?iC['.: a to the event tomorrow. But what's the big deal about this g
conference: with funk ca rtalization.
"-a A week and a half ago, 1 drove up to North Campus to
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.:: observe the TEDxUofM build day - a day dedicated to con- +' c . structing the set of tomorrow's conference. After I got lost "
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;.,""...' al xr. "fi".:~.." (twice), 1 found about two dozen members of the TEDx- 'S r
UofM team scattered around studios in the School ofArt & - c
Design, soldering pmg-pongball. to a wooden frame, paint- M. 01
"" mb = wood beams black and sewing red fabric into tubes. i:.
nx EI For the first time since I learned about TEDxUofM, I was t1
impressed. It's one thing to listen to conversation and buzz- o
words surrounding the now famous TED brand - inspira-
f sprn;t ri,1h0 °% av r tion, transformation, innovation, etc. -but it's another .a
j'C rr'1 to observe the hands-on process that actually makes this event possible.
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And TEDxUofM is not your average event. Last year's is t
t} ts.,Y a6d conference-with a staggering attendance ofl,700Univer- Ng
Cf? On of off-grid C7 ?.?rte ;io.:'c °r r t!,, cut sitystudents, faculty members andothers -was one ofthe t(
.t largest of its kind in North America. i t
Students attending tomorrow's event or watching the I 4 v
livestream online will be a part of something truly unique
and, the TEDxUofM team hopes, inspiring. I n
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