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Following the STEAM Fair project all the school attended, external
judges chose some projects and awarded tickets to some of the senior
students to the world-famous conference called TED x where
competent and selected experts talk on a subject of their choice. The
aim of these TED talks is to spread ideas and inspire people. I was
lucky enough to get the chance to go, and as you can imagine, I was
very excited about it. The rendezvous was Sat. 21st at 12 noon sharp
at TOLIS HQ and eventually we arrived at Parque Viva on time
and had a chance to have a look at different stands from sponsors
like the UCR, Huawei and Amazon. We took a seat and at 2:00 the
master of ceremonies started talking about the event and introduced
the first conference speaker. They all presented their topic of choice
with great ability and confidence, but one of the talks particularly got
my interest: a man in his 30s who started off his talk by performing a
stunt, walking on a slack line about 10 meters above the stadium’s
stage. He also told us that he had been suffering from vertigo all his
life, but, what is astonishing is that every day he manages to
overcome his fear and crosses whole chasms with nothing more than
an inch-wide slack line to hold him up. He talked about how fears
affect the brain, and how we can prepare to overcome them. The
closing speech was held by Dr. Fabio Gandour, who produced a very
interesting speech on particle science, summarizing very neatly the
concept of climate change, explaining that there are only limited
amount of atoms in the world and by exponentially growing our
population and consumption per capita of goods, we are using up all
the atom that consequently will not be available for food, water and
air. The conference on the whole was very inspiring. I really enjoyed
the experience and I would like to thank Akamai for giving me and
my classmates the chance to attend.

Giacomo Lind
SR Class student

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