“I wanted to see who would come out and help bring TED to Tech, and surprisingly, a lot of people were interested,” Castro said. “The biggest thing that was really awesome about the event in November was that we had so many people (contribute), not just from the university, but from the community in general.”
It was Castro’s determination in co-founding TEDx at Tech that led him to be invited and sponsored by TED to attend TEDActive, a conference held in Palm Springs, Calif. during the same week as the national conference.
“TED (national conference) is for people who have already done big things, but TEDActive is for those who aspire to do big things,” Castro said.
While at TEDActive this week, Castro and the other attendees are not only watching the national conference, but are also participating in discussions and other brainstorming activities.
“The cool thing about being at a TED event is that you’re there with people. You just come off hearing the TED Talk and then you talk about what you just heard and how you’re inspired by it,” Castro said. “Then you start having ‘what if’ conversations, and that’s how change sometimes happens.”
Castro is most looking forward to having the chance to interact with the other TEDActive attendees who come from around the world. He is also excited to bring back what he learned from the conference to help better TEDx at the university.
Although he is graduating in May, Castro plans to stay involved with TED and watch from a distance as it grows at Tech.
“It’s a unique and inspiring event, and it really does match our mission of inventing the future,” Lusk said. “There are so many people in the Tech community doing unique, inspiring, and innovative things, that TEDx is a great venue to allow them to share what they’re doing and inspire the rest of the community.”
Lusk hopes that not only will the live stream event connect Tech to TED on a national level, but that it will also foster interest in the next Tech TEDx event.