UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA NEWS RELEASE – At 43,000 views and climbing daily, the TEDxUniversityofNevada
YouTube featuring 13-year-old Logan LaPlante talking about “Hackschooling
,” is far outpacing the other talks now available online through the independently organized TEDx program sponsored by the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno.
“This event is so important because it helps brand the community,” said Bret Simmons, College of Business
associate professor and TEDxUniversityofNevada license holder and spokesperson. “I told the speakers that because videos of every talk would be posted to the TEDx YouTube site to remember they are speaking in Reno, but they are not speaking to Reno – they are speaking to the entire world and they have the opportunity to impact lives everywhere.
“I told them to pick a global issue, identify an innovative solution and then provide a local example. We had hopes the videos produced by this event would create residual value for Reno, the University and the speaker, and it seems to have done just that.”
He appears like most 13-year-old-boys, wearing a beanie and sneakers, in his presentation. He begins talking about his love for skiing and his feelings about the daunting question all adults ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It becomes apparent he is not, in fact, like most 13-year-old boys. LaPlante’s speech focused on his practice of Hackschooling
, his homeschooling experience that allows him to learn things he wants to learn and the innovative ways he goes about it. He explains that from a young age he “hacked” his education in order to achieve his lifelong goal of being happy and healthy.
The University’s TEDx
was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. Presentations at the University’s event focused on the theme “Creating Community Conversations” and included 18 speakers
The all-day event held in the Joe Crowley Student Union on January 25 included four sections: health and hope; the promise and challenge of education; business and entrepreneurship; and bold ideas worth spreading. Speakers ranged from a doctor in the emergency room the day of the 2012 Reno Air Races crash, a recent College of Business
graduate who runs a nonprofit, and a young man who has used singing and songwriting to cope with his sister’s drug addiction.
Nevada’s land-grant university founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno has an enrollment of 18,000 students and is ranked in the top tier of the nation’s best universities. Part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, the University has the system’s largest research program and is home to the state’s medical school. With outreach and education programs in all Nevada counties and with one of the nation’s largest study-abroad consortiums, the University extends across the state and around the world. For more information, visit www.unr.ed