Each year, several thousand people from around the world are awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to teach and do research in fields related to science and technology.
The TEDxFulbright gathering in April 2012 had 74 Fulbright scholars, alumni and special guests. We wanted to create an opportunity for these bright minds to share their inspirations, their innovations and their ideas. We wanted to leverage our unique knowledge and skills and create opportunities for collaboration -- in essence, be a catalyst for change.
This was the inaugural TEDxFulbright meeting. A small planning team of Fulbright alumni based in North Carolina, Virginia, Minnesota, Maine, Massashusetts and Germany did most of the work. The Fulbright Exchange Program was not involved in the planning or implementation of the TEDxFulbright meeting; the meeting was being organized by the alumni. Alumni in Germany have agreed to work with us on the second TEDxFulbright in November 2012.
The registration fee covered the cost of lunch, coffee breaks and some of the organizational costs (such as videotaping and posting the video to the web). TEDx meetings include a video presentation, we also showed four talks given at prior TEDs by alumni of the Fulbright Exchange Program.
Many thanks to the Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology and the British Consulate, the main sponsors for the event.