TEDxASU Organizers Announce Event “Outliers: Embracing Your Vision” Sells Out in Under Five Minutes

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Premier TEDxASU event “Outliers: Embracing Your Vision” being held at Arizona State University in April sells out in under five minutes, according to organizers.

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I set about 6 different alarms this morning to wake up and purchase tickets because I knew they were going to move quickly.

TEDxASU’s event “Outliers: Embracing Your Vision”, being held at Arizona State University in April, sold out in under five minutes.

According to event organizers, anticipation had been building for the event since early January, when it was announced that TEDx was coming to Arizona State University (ASU). General admission tickets went on sale Monday morning, March 28, through the TEDxASU website; they sold out in under five minutes.

Ammar Tanveer, the ASU TEDx organizer, says having the tickets sell out so quickly was both energizing and humbling.

“Without the support of the community, I have no idea what this event would be looking like right now,” says Tanveer. “I’m going to continue to give this event my everything so that at the end of this event, everyone will know TEDxASU is truly here to stay.”

Since January, the group’s Facebook page has had over 500,000 visitors, with 8,000 people opting in to receive updates on the event and hoping to purchase tickets.

However, TEDx restricts the number of attendees to 100 people for first-time TEDx events. This led to many people with hopes of securing tickets going to great lengths in order to ensure that they would, indeed, be able to attend the event on April 23rd held in ASU’s Marston Exploration Theater.

ASU graduate, Taylor Willis-Highers, 23, of Chandler, AZ., was one of those who planned ahead for the release. “I set about 4 different alerts on the event: the Facebook event, any commentary, any chatter on the ticket release,” she said. “I set about 6 different alarms this morning to wake up and purchase tickets because I knew they were going to move quickly.”

Willis-Highers was one of the fortunate few who was able to secure tickets to the event. However, many others were not so lucky. Because so many people were unable to purchase tickets, organizers announced that video of TEDxASU will be live streamed on their website, http://www.tedxasu.com. The ASU Student Creative Services will provide videography and livestreaming for this event.

Information can be found on https://www.facebook.com/events/1667297800192432/permalink/1677739139148298/.

For media inquiries about TEDxASU, contact Melody Serafino at TEDxPR(at)ted(dot)com.

About LeadershipYOU
The goal of LeadershipYOU is to help individuals have an amazing life. The project uses multiple media platforms including a book, website, and MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) to guide, and inspire, individuals on their journey to living a life in which they will find satisfaction and success. The LeadershipYOU project was created by author, speaker, entrepreneur, doctor, pilot Dr. John Shufeldt, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP, who shares inspirational and instructional stories not only from his own life, but also of other self-leaders. Using a variety of communication platforms, Dr. Shufeldt breaks down the leadership qualities and skills necessary for attaining one’s most amazing future. You can find more information on LeadershipYOU at http://ingredientsofoutliers.com/leadership-you-online-courses/.

Event Information
The theme of the event is Outliers: Embracing Your Vision. Four speakers have been announced so far: speaker, author, pilot, and entrepreneur, Dr. John Shufeldt, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP, will be speaking on “The Question We Need to Stop Asking Our Children”; a talk focused on broadening horizons as it relates to career choices. Dean of the Mary Lou Folton Teachers College, Dr. Mari Koerner will be speaking on engagement in the classroom. Dr. Bertram Jacobs, professor of Virology and Director of the School of Life Sciences at ASU will be giving a talk titled, “Viruses: Infectious Medicine”, aimed to inform audiences about the usefulness of viruses in medicine, and theoretical physicist Dr. Maulik Parikh will be speaking about black holes. More speakers will be announced soon.

About TEDxASU
Arizona State University is the New American University, a model developed by ASU’s President Michael Crow that re-conceptualizes the current standard of higher education. With this model, ASU seeks to be defined by the students it includes rather than excludes, its impact on the public good and its responsibility for the broader community. In this spirit of innovation, ASU brings together brilliant thinkers from a host of fields to discuss their groundbreaking research and ideas in TEDxASU. This eye-opening, half-day conference offers its attendees the opportunity to listen to individuals who have redefined their respective fields. It is our hope that participants will leave with the desire to become disruptive leaders in their corresponding disciplines”.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

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