At the end of the first session, we headed outside for a delicious lunch catered by Biscottis, Cowford Chophouse, Super Food & Brew, and The Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails. Working such breaks into the conference day is imperative because taking in so much “brain food” at once can be exhausting even for the most ardent intellectual explorer. Our conference program is designed as a blend of Talks, performances, engagement activities, and breaks. Every detail of the day, from the quality and diversity of the food vendors we select, to the swag bags and venue signage, are discussed and analyzed in our team meetings. Our Engagement Team works to ensure all attendees, extroverts, and introverts alike, have opportunities to interact with speakers, performers, and the TEDxJacksonville team. Throughout the conference, our team tries to encourage our attendees to sit by strangers and engage with one another. That can be a source of fear for some, so we create moments to ask a stranger questions like, “What’s your relationship like with your mother?” Or “When is the last time you cried?” We cultivate engagement pieces such as these from reading studies about questions that bring people together. We researched other conferences that utilized platforms like TINT and Gifn and even social media bingo, poems and fortune cookie compliments, not to grow our platform, BUT TO HELP SPREAD IDEAS.#TEDxJAX #fearlessjax #notesinyourprogram #bingo A photo posted by Amanda (@amandaemerynow) on
Students and their education are so important to the TEDxJacksonville team. This year over 100 students (out of 750 people) attended “Fear Less.” We are thankful to the following organizations for partnering with us to identify kids from their programs, and invite them to attend: I Am A Star Foundation, Youth Leadership Jacksonville, Pace Center for Girls Jacksonville, GenWow, Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, City of Jacksonville System of Care, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, and Robert E Lee High School Leadership Class. Several students (who paid for their discounted tickets) thanked us for the “wonderful experience” and for making it possible for them to attend.It’s impossible to listen to @odd_rod without *feeling* his words #tedxjax #fearlessjax #poet #poetry #inspirational #dtjax #ilovejax A photo posted by Leah Roesler (@leahcroesler) on
This is a remarkable statistic. Young people must learn to code. #TEDxJAX #FearLessJax https://t.co/t8pNU4EdtB — Jimmy Midyette (@JimmyMidyette) October 22, 2016
Our speakers and performers commanded Stage X and delivered performances we’ll remember forever. Thanks to all of our attendees and supporters who continue to inspire us. #TEDxJAX #FearLessJax A photo posted by TEDxJacksonville (@tedxjacksonville) on
The #boombox providing the soundtrack to the @TEDxJAX after party. Great job to the presenters and organizers. #FearLessJax #TEDxJAX pic.twitter.com/2tBtTUyyjx — John M. Phillips (@JohnPhillips) October 22, 2016
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