TEDxUNC, delayed due to the water crisis, held its 2017 conference, “Home,” in Memorial Hall on Sunday.
This year’s conference was divided into four sub-themes: roots, boroughs, society and humanity.
“We thought about how we wanted the conference to progress, and we decided that we wanted the conference to go from small to big,” Saad Khan, senior and co-curator of TEDxUNC, said. “Then, we fleshed out these theme names based on what we wanted to focus on.”
With roots, the focus was on home in terms of where people put down their roots, individuality or identity. Boroughs was community-oriented and focused on issues such as urban planning and city planning. Society focused on the cultural aspects of home and humanity focused on large-scale global issues, Khan said.
Planning for the event is a nine- to ten-month process, Khan said. He said a committee to decide the theme of TEDxUNC has biweekly meetings, and they decide on a theme before the previous academic year is over. When they come back to school, the planning begins.