TEDxUoA 2020: Distortion


We were chasing horizons in 2019, hopeful to see what the dawn of the new decade would bring. So far 2020 has given us a cacophony of change, pandemics and disasters, as well as kindness in unexpected places. The distortion in our world has affected us in ways we would never have imagined. It has forced us to slow down, rethink, and regroup.

How has the world changed? How have our ideas and perceptions changed? What does this mean for our future?

The theme of Distortion aims to discuss ideas that have warped our perceptions as a society and how they continue to affect our future. We aim to shine a light on ideas that will change the way our audience perceives the world. Distortion can seem frightening, but we recognise that it acts as a necessary positive motivator. Individuals learn and grow only by exposure to conflicting ideas that challenge their existing worldviews. By incorporating ideas from different fields, we build theories that may seem distorted but in reality, push the boundaries of engineering and technology far beyond what we originally perceived. Distortion opens us up to a world beyond our own, allowing us to share ideas that are inherently unique. We believe that distortion is what is required to facilitate an era of change.

Our theme allows us to delve deep into the fields of technology, science, business, media, engineering, climate, and psychology with innovative speakers leading the way. We want to facilitate an environment that allows our attendees to explore their distortion and tap into greater insights. At this year’s TEDxUoA event we will slow down, regroup, and come out ready to tackle the challenges that face us.