Standing ovation for TEDxFIU

“No excuses” was the takeaway message of FIU’s inaugural TEDx event, featuring eight talks from students, professors and alumni who challenged the audience to think bigger and act on those ideas.

The nearly 600 people who packed the Graham Center Ballrooms gave three standing ovations after learning what it really means to be dead; how solar lights can empower a village; the challenges of space exploration; the global plan for avoiding catastrophe; how to turn 12-year-olds into leaders; the new model for medical education; the story of a paralympian alumna; and listening to a Latin tribute to Michael Jackson.

More than 1,600 people also watched online. And TEDxFIU was all the talk on social media. Check out what everyone was saying:

After the inspiring event, audience members mixed and mingled with the presenters at a reception held in the GC courtyard.

Stay tuned to FIU News next week for highlights of the extraordinary night. Videos of each talk will be made available in the coming weeks through the TEDx YouTube channel.