With TEDxVirginiaTech 2013 event moving closer, several changes are in place from last year.
Narrowed down from over 100 nominations, the selection committee has finalized 16 different speakers, ranging from students and faculty to community members.
The event will take place on campus Nov. 9 during the debut week of the completed Center for the Arts. Following with the tradition of TED events, the Tech event will feature a wide range of speakers, all touching on the theme “Beyond Boundaries.”
“The exciting thing for us is that we are one of the earlier activities in the week that will be opening up the Center for the Arts,” said Adam Soccolich, an organizer of the event. “They’re excited to have us for the brand and the energy we bring.”
Though the new building will hold over 1,200 people in its new performance hall, the TEDxVirginiaTech event will only be open to 500 people, with organizers expecting a quick sell out.
Soccolich cites the importance of growth, not numbers behind the decision to keep the event intimate in the large hall. “It’s about growing,” he said. “We don’t want to jump from 100 to 1,200 just because we can.”
Last year, 12 viewing parties were sponsored from places as close as dorm room common rooms on campus to areas as far as New Zealand.
This year, viewing parties hope to continue to help spread the TEDxVirginiaTech speeches farther than the confines of the venue.
Tickets go on sale in early October, and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. They can be purchased through the Center for the Arts ticketing system. Tickets will be $10 for students and $20 for faculty and community members.