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TEDx Gateway Arch Confluence II Event Recap

In News by Adron Buske

Logo: TEDx Gateway ArchThis past weekend, Nerd For A Living exhibited at the second TEDx Gateway Arch event. Titled “Confluence II”, the St. Louis event occurred at the beautiful Sheldon Concert Hall on Saturday, February 21st.

The day-long event featured a full slate of speakers on diverse topics. They thoughtfully covered everything from cancer research to disappearing prairies, legal biases to burlesque performance. Each featured guest spoke with eloquence and passion, thoroughly engaging the packed concert hall. Musical performers provided energetic and artistic soundscapes between speakers.

We spent our day on the exhibition floor at the N4AL table. Along with our usual info and swag, we debuted our new N4AL “photo booth”. Fortunately for the exhibitors, the speakers were simulcast to our level, so we didn’t miss any of the excellent content. At intervals during the event, the audience would break from the concert hall and flood the exhibition floor. We’ve never encountered a more curious and engaged group. All of the attendees were hungry for new ideas and experiences. We enjoyed meeting so many people who stopped by to learn the N4AL mission. Quite a number of folks talked with us about their nerdy obsessions and ambitions. We were particularly gratified to receive enormous encouragement and excitement for our upcoming N4AL local meet-up events.

Our fellow exhibitors presented a fascinating diversity of businesses and products: glass-blowers, 3D printers and modelers, mural painters, tech start-ups, artisan food & beverage companies. Video game studio Graphite Lab demoed the latest build of their upcoming release Hive Jump. The St. Louis chapter of the Nerdy Girls Society promoted their women-focused community who encourage learning, promote creativity, and inspire confidence.

We were thrilled to be a part of such an amazing event. Special thanks to Casey Epley who facilitated the event and helped create such a positive experience.

What is TEDx?

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan: “Ideas Worth Spreading”.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The St. Louis event is called TEDxConfluence, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxGatewayArch events, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.