TEDxConnecticutCollege stands ‘on the shoulders of giants’

For the second year in a row, Connecticut College students organized and produced TEDxConnecticutCollege, a powerhouse program of 17 speakers who grappled with the challenges of the future by reflecting on history and the great ideas of the past.

The all-day event on April 13 took place in Evans Hall in the Cummings Arts Center and featured presentations from academics, entrepreneurs, artists and activists and two student speakers: Winslow Crane-Murdoch ’13 and Ethan Underhill ’15.

Throughout the day, event attendees heard about a wide range of new ideas – from compostable electronics and LED-light tattoos made out of silk, mentioned by Fiorenzo Omenetto, professor of biomedical engineering at Tufts University, to low-flying blimp bumper buses that scoop passengers up in soft hanging chairs, presented by Maria Aiolova, co-president of TerreformOn, who spoke about ecological urban design and cities of the future.

TEDx events are independently organized events operated under a license from TED, the nonprofit organization known for its annual conferences that bring together many of the world's leading thinkers to deliver "the talk of their lives." TEDx gives communities the same experience on a local level, and Connecticut College launched its own TEDx series last year.