TEDxUF a Great Success

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Volunteers from the University of Florida got together to put on TEDxUF, an independently run event that emulates the efforts of the non-profit TED conferences. The event took place on March 21st to a sold out crowd of students and local Gainesville residents at the Phillips Center on UF’s campus. There was a total of eight speakers as well as three performances that made up the event.

Some of the more notable speakers included Jill Sonke, the director of UF’s Center for Arts in Medicine, who discussed how integrating art into the medical field can improve what modern medicine already accomplishes. Mac Stone, a Gainesville native, conversed about how he takes part in photography that promotes the conservation of Florida’s wetlands and swamps. Michael Morris, the director of UF’s Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, spoke about the millennials and their place in this new “entrepreneurial revolution.” The performances included a spoken word poet, an a cappella group, and a Latin dance group. The highlight of the night, however, was Rob Castellucci’s presentation. The co-founder of the Gator Salsa Club, danced with his dance partner and girlfriend and at the end of their routine proceeded to propose to her. The crowd gave them a standing ovation.

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