Creating the Future(s) together -TEDx San Diego


Highlights from TEDxSD

This is the second time I’m attending TEDx San Diego and I was ready to be open minded, learn something new, and to get tears in my eyes for that one subject that would ‘touch’ me emotional (and did happen).





Put some HEART into STEM

Mary Walshok talked about the importance to close the gap between the  people who do and what people who think and she introduced HEART:
  • H: Hands on
  • E: Engage
  • A: Apply – put your skills to work
  • R: Relevant
  • T: Training – education & training
Learn how to put some HEART into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) – this can apply to every role/responsibility in the workplace. When I’m hiring for a new position in my team, I always look at the candidates hands on experience, how they learn, engage and apply new skills. It’s so important to have the right mindset for how to expand and grow you skillset and they way you execute is the key to success. Just because you don’t have the exact skills for a position doesn’t mean you are not a fit – if you can show you growth, engagement in learning, you can learn everything and turn around and be the expect in a specific subject matter. So start to look in a new perspective and start to use HEART where you go.




Time to Challenge Stereotypes

Take away! what is the ONE thing you will bring if you had to run for your life and leave your home- what is your most importing thing? and think again this is no easy answer and Brian Sokol was amazing on the TEDx stage, even though he was holding index card in his hand. The way Brian told and presented his story was exceptional and it hit hard. We all follow the news, we all understand the true nature of the refugee crisis and we can also show a typical stereotype refugee image if we had to find one in the media – but it this the real story? We get pounded by statistics but this is not presenting the right moment of a refugee or what they are experiencing. Brian messages was: it’s time to challenge stereotypes because statics do not share humanity – we need stories.



Brian presented powerful and amazing pictures from the refugee camps he had visit over the last couple of years which was build on individual stories (adults and kids) – based on one question: what is the one thing you brought with you – from the girl with her favorites pants that she only had worn 3 times and was saving them for the a future wedding party – to the mom who carried her 6 kids on a 3 weeks trek through Sudan by having a pole with two hanging baskets  – to the father who kept his dads suit because it was passed down to him from his father. These stories and photographs was so emotionally and personals that it made you think? why did they bring clothes – why didn’t they bring an object/device that could make their day easier and then what would you bring? I change my mind every day for what I would bring from passport, family picture to a reusable water bottle. And I still think of the mom with the baskets and trying to imaging her struggles and strengths to walk for 3 weeks to save her family – so yes Brian Sokol touched me emotional and I have already shared and asked everyone I know: What is your most important thing?



No Limits Should Hold Us Back
How can you be innovative? it’s start with let go of fear because fear is holding us back. Think of the time where you hear: you can’t do this because… you won’t be good at basket ball because you are not tall enough – I’m sure you have more examples where limits are stopping you before you had time to explore and learn.
What if you can learn in an instant? Brian Mullins shared augmented reality solutions which is a ‘smart helmet’ (a wearable computer where the screen is you real life). His message was that the key to learning faster is based in the speed of transfer knowledge of information and why not doing this on the spot!


Challenge the fear – challenge the idea of “I don’t know how to’ and start learning through augmented reality which is limitless. I loved Brian Mullins intro where he showed the sign of a speed limit…what would happened if you drove faster and what is holding you back? This was a simple example and everyone can reflect to this limit because we are facing it daily.  Not because you have to challenge the speed limits but you should challenge what is holding you back of learning new skills and learning them fast. I’m the kind of person that loves to learn and I’m proud of my new learnings, skills and knowledge – Technology and passion is the key contributors of where I am today and I can’t way to use new innovative technologies so I can take on new adventures and new learnings in a fast speed society.
Find your passion and go for it, let go of the fear!


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