TEDxNYUAD is a local independently student-organized TED event taking place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Now, we have come to our 6th event, where 11 speakers including NYUAD faculty, researchers and students will be practicing TED’s slogan "Ideas Worth Spreading". TEDxNYUAD seeks to instill a sense of curiosity in our community and foster excitement for lifelong learning. The deep engagement and connection with the local Abu Dhabi community also allows TEDxNYUAD to reflect Abu Dhabi’s diversity and form a sense of cultural belonging.
The inspiration of this year’s theme, Step Two, comes from the observation that there tends to be a focus on taking the first step: exposing the problem, designing the solution, releasing the technology, boldly claiming that THIS is the future. But, what comes next? More ambition? More awareness? Or, more deliberation? Are these what taking step 2 requires? Maybe. Maybe not. Regarding different beliefs and expertise, this theme calls for individuals to step beyond their first step, challenging one to seek the future--Step 2-- of their established ideas. Now that the first step has been taken... What should step two be?