U offers screenings of SLC-hosted TED talks


(Photo Courtesy of Steve Jurvetson)

(Photo Courtesy of Steve Jurvetson)
(Photo Courtesy of Steve Jurvetson)

Downtown Salt Lake City will be abuzz with conversations about city issues Saturday, Sept. 20, at The Leonardo museum, which is hosting a series of lectures, or TED talks, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The growing non-profit community of TED — which stands for technology, entertainment and design — covers subject matter varying from business to psychology and other academia.
These talks hosted in downtown Salt Lake City will examine the question, “How does an upgraded city look, feel and behave?” The question will be answered throughout the event, but online, the website states it is through more connection and more collaboration.
A variety of themes will be addressed by multiple speakers at the event. These include topics on community, transportation, sustainability, entrepreneurship, healthcare, hunger and education.
Tickets are sold out, but several simulcast sites will be stationed around the city.
One of these sites is the David Eccles School of Business. There will be two different sessions, a morning session from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and then a later session from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The screening at the School of Business will focus on presentations about building a stronger community.
Screenings require tickets, which are available online through the TED talk website, www.ted.com, and are completely free.
Suzel Zamora, a freshman in business administration, is interested in attending the event and said she thinks it’s good for a community to be involved in these types of discussions.
“I think it’s important for students to go to TED talks, especially ones that are covering our city,” Zamora said.
Jaimi Walker, a junior in biology, has watched talks from TED events in the past.
“The only ones I’ve watched are student-leader presentations,” Walker said.
Bassam Salem, an alumni from the U who graduated in computer science and later acquired an MBA, will be speaking at the event, along with other former U students.
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