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Theme: Opportunities Explored

This event occurred on
April 19, 2014
1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Orlando, FL
United States

Picking a theme for the first TEDxUCF was a difficult task. It was one that required the TEDxUCF team to sit down and consider all the things that the University of Central Florida was known for. When we took into account the variety of subjects studied, the vast ‚Äčnumber of students, and the multiple demographics that make up UCF, we knew there was a lot to consider.

Finally, we drew it back to what we stand for. Opportunity. Through every medium, club, internship, and class, there is another opportunity to do something. Something to strike a new match and set upon undiscovered land, so to speak. Opportunities Explored dives into an eclectic mix of speakers that challenge you to take, or make, an opportunity to do more.

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Alfredo Salkeld

Alfredo is a freshman who embraces the fact that his name is synonymous with a popular menu item at Olive Garden. He was born in Lima, Peru but South Florida is home. He was self-diagnosed with a severe case of "insatiable wanderlust". Aside from studying advertising, Alfredo is constantly on the prowl for everyday adventures. These include filming videos at a bee yard, working on a blueberry farm, and learning to unicycle. In short, he lives by a simple mantra which is tattooed on his wrist. "Go." This single-syllable phrase is a reminder to never cease seeking new experiences.

Jimmy Palmer

Jimmy Palmer is an undergraduate industrial engineering major at the University of Central Florida. Over the past couple years, Palmer has worked closely with students in need of mentoring by developing study plans and teaching the art of creating opportunities for independence. In his spare time, he likes to read non-fiction, watch hockey, and assist in planning philanthropy events. Jimmy's goal is to develop a site for students to create and upload curricula and activities for self-directed learners.

Hugo Cardona

Hugo Cardona is a second-year finance major at the University of Central Florida. He is a hard-working student with a keen sense for adventure. Hugo has a past unlike many that has allowed him to approach situations with a offbeat perspective. Although born in Colombia, he and his family have lived in various places such as Canada, Mexico, Grand Cayman, Switzerland, and, of course, the United States.

Afif Abu-Hanna‚Äč

He is a junior UCF student majoring in biomedical sciences. He is pre-med and hopes to become a pediatric surgeon one day. His hobbies include hiking, cooking, tutoring kids, playing guitar, and doing research. Most of all, he is passionate about the workings of the human body and helping people through medicine.

Organizing team


  • Catherine Samarista
    Co-TEDxUCF Director
  • Geoffrey Lawrence
    Co-TEDxUCF Director