Little Rock Sponsors TEDxMarkhamSt Student Competition

Mar. 9, 2016

Little Rock Sponsors TEDxMarkhamSt Student Competition
Webster Little Rock hosted the event in the auditorium of Bank of America Plaza, where the metro campus is located.

Webster University's Little Rock area campuses recently partnered with Little Rock’s TEDx franchise, TEDxMarkhamSt, to host its first student speaker competition. The competition was open to all students, high school, college, graduate, and post-graduate. Six students participated. 

Prior to speaking before a panel of judges on Feb. 27, students submitted a 500-word description of their “Big Idea.”  The student winners will be invited to speak at the 2nd Annual TEDxMarkhamSt Conference on Friday, Sept. 29, 2016, at the Ron Robinson Theatre. 

Both the conference and the student competition were launched and organized by TEDxMarkhamSt Founder, Salil Joshi. Joshi is a dual MPS/MPH graduate student at the Clinton School of Public Service and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

"We hope TEDxMarkhamSt’s Student Speaker Competition will continue to grow by providing an unbiased platform for our Arkansas student’s to be heard,"Joshi said. “The development of this conference from the ground up has been a very rewarding experience and I hope the students participating will share this positive experience with their peers and family.”

The Little Rock area campuses hosted the event in the auditorium of the Bank of America Plaza, where the metro campus is located. Webster staff and faculty promoted the event on campus and via social media.

"I hope this is the beginning of a long partnership between Webster and TEDx in Little Rock," said Kelly Lyon, Webster Little Rock area director. "We all benefit from hearing new and big ideas so it’s exciting to play a supporting role in something so important to our community."

Webster Faculty Judges

Webster judges Carmen "Caite" Hall, Dr. Tim Atkinson, Sarah Clements
Webster judges Carmen "Caite" Hall, Dr. Tim Atkinson, Sarah Clements

Lyon recruited judges for the competition.

"The students are clearly the ones we want to elevate, but we couldn’t have a competition without judges," she said.

"Thanks go to Dr. Tim Atkinson, assistant professor for Internal Medicine and Graduate Medical Education at UAMS and Webster Little Rock adjunct instructor, Sarah Clements, instructor of Business Information Systems at UALR, and Carmen "Caite" Hall, assistant director of Webster Little Rock area campuses for giving their time and considerable experience.”

"The students really put their entire selves on the stage," Hall said. "Most talks contained personal stories that made the speaker very vulnerable, but it made the talk relevant. Webster Little Rock area is very proud to have hosted this event for such talented students with bright futures.”

In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading," TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxMarkhamSt, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxMarkhamSt, TEDTalks video and live speakers will 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, including ours, are self-organized. 

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