by Bing Chen ’17
Brooklyn Tech’s first ever Tedx event took place on Friday, March 10th in the William L. Mack Library. The theme was virtual communities & sustainable Future. The event featured guest speakers and students. It was the brainchild of Yasin Ehsan ‘17 who organized the event with the help of his team and advisor Mr. Capozzi. Ehsan ‘17 was inspired by his love of entrepreneurship, tech, public speaking, and event planning. Ehsan said that “I wanted to end senior year with a bang and piecing together the first TEDx at Tech just tied in all my passions. My motto is go big or go home”
Speakers included Mohammed Hasan a psychologist who talked about self-awareness and empathy in today’s fractured political climate. Dylan Gambardella, an entrepreneur, discussed the importance of surrounding yourself with like-minded, passionate people. Tayo Rockson, a speaker, consultant, strategist, and media personality, talked about the need for strong leadership in a diverse world. Other speakers included, Fahad Rajput, the chairman of an investment firm and Marc Williams, the former AP of English at Brooklyn Tech and one of the finalists at the world of champions ships speakers, spoke about the impact of an audience on student’s work and how that should be implemented in schools. Mr. Williams said “The bigger the platform, the greater the pressure to perform better.”
The student speakers were all seniors and eloquent speakers, Alexandra Shen spoke about her struggle with social media at a young age. Helal Chowdhury spoke about the problem with associating money with happiness, and Husna Ellis spoke about time management and the power of living in the present.
A fair amount of students showed up to support the event. There were refreshments at the event, and attendees received lanyards and a pin. At the end of the event Yasin Ehsan expressed his gratitude for his team and thanked everyone for coming out to support. Illan Weiner ‘17, Marketing director, remarked that “for the first Tedx Event, it couldn’t have been done any better.”