The Student Government Association (SGA) passed a bill to provide supplemental funding for the Spring 2012 TEDxEmory Conference yesterday evening.
SGA legislators College junior Aman Sharma and College freshman Shraya Sharma submitted the bill requesting that SGA give TEDxEmory — a student organization that seeks to “promote ideas worth spreading” by bringing speakers to campus, according to the bill — $5,000 for this event.
According to the bill, TEDxEmory will use all the funding it receives from SGA for audio and video equipment in addition to the cost of renting the venue and decorations.
“One of SGA’s concerns is that we should fund events that truly integrate the Emory community,” Shraya Sharma said, adding that the bill addresses that concern because the event coordinators expected an audience of more than 550 people from all Emory divisions.
This year will be the second time that TEDxEmory has hosted the conference, which helps “world-changing innovators from around the globe amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities” by allowing them to give presentations on their work, according to the text of the bill.
Goizueta Business School junior Ishaan Jalan, president of TEDxEmory, said the organization has publicized the event by posting flyers around campus and using social media networking.
He noted that TEDxEmory received over 1,000 followers on Facebook and more than 3,000 followers on Twitter.
The Spring 2012 Conference will take place on April 21 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Woodruff Health Science Center Administration Building.
— Contact Stephanie Fang.