As we gear up for TEDActive (just a couple more weeks left to register!), everybody's getting excited and getting ready. Some of our attendees have been sweet enough to share their plans and preparations and we'll be posting these in the days to come. Today we're getting advice from none other than Aaron "Tango" Tang, a real contender for Mr. Congeniality at any TED conference and an all-around design talent!
How are you preparing for TEDActive? Are you bringing anything special or fun with you?
Preparing for TED is easy. Don’t think about it -- just work your butt off at work the previous few months so you can let go during TED week. Be prepared to see, hear, and question a spectrum of stories while splurging into conversations with attendees with incredible views from all directions. Letting go of work during TED week is a must. Come with an empty head. -- you'll need extra room to contain everything you experience.
What will I bring? An open mind, energy, ideas, my head, and a craving for discussions that will be passed along to everyone I meet throughout my life. Everyone brings fun to TED. And yes, I'll be bringing my companies newly announced product. =)
Which part of TEDActive are you're most excited for? The simulcast, the people, the activities, or something else?
Hands down the people and discussions on selected speakers and topics. There is no other place you can watch a lecture on oceanography, followed by discussions in education, global warming, musical initiations, then hear about augmented technologies, with scientists, doctors, students, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, inventors, geeks, and magicians all in one space, while roasting marshmallows over a fire next to a glowing pool. The key to TED is learning, meeting, generating, and disrupting.
What are you hoping to take away from this experience? On your last day, what do you hope to have gained?
Over the past seven years of attending TED, I've learned that everyone takes away excitement, inspiration, awe, joy, newly found friends, and everything else you can't quite describe, which is why TED is not easy to explain -- it’s something you have to experience. On my last day, I know I'll be numb -- numb in energy, ideas, and a desire for change. The last day of TED is never the last day, but the last day in your past brain.
What's one of your favorite TED simulcast memories?
Ooooh, there are way too many to bring up. From last year, the unbelievable story, passion, and results from TED Prize winner Jose Abreu’s El Sistema program initiated in Venzuela and brought to the States. Standing ovations ten after another ten, tears, joy, and that trickle of emotion that runs down your spine while pulsing shivers through your skin. Amazing!