The SCUNR event was the first Speaker Competition at the University of Nevada, Reno. As part of the organizing team for TEDxUniversityofNevada, we proposed to organize an event where a student could have the opportunity to share their ideas at probably one of the most important events in the modern culture. TED is an organization that helps communicate “Ideas worth spreading”. The SCUNR “Road to TEDx” was a total success. With more than 200+ attendees this event was organized to resemble the real TEDx University of Nevada event, so the finalists could experience how it would feel to go through a real TED event. We used the same venue, sound team, master of ceremony, and timing that adjusts to the TED event. The 5 previously selected finalist, had the chance to share their ideas in front of a very excited crowd. Tim Grunert was the winner with, “Find your Rubik’s cube”. His perfectly performed 6 minute talk explained the importance of hobbies in our life.

Tim Grunert is a smart fella, he is a sophomore majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University, an Honors Program student as well as a member of the BS-MD Accelerated Early Admission Program through the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Tim was the winner and was granted a spot for the next TEDxUniversityofNevada2014 where he will be part of the line up among big names, like Elizabeth Smart.

Definitely a good experience, for us the organizers and for the participants, it was very exciting to see different ideas from students from UNR. TEDxUniversityofNevada2014 is coming on January 24th 2014 and I can’t wait to see Tim among all the other speakers. As a team, we feel proud of him and we are sure that he will be a star.

Thank you very much to Jacob Capurro and Joshua D. Smith for all the help to organize this amazing event.

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