First annual Tedx Conference

Chandler Compton, a 2016 Orange High Alumnus and student at Wofford College in South Carolina, planned the first annual Tedx Conference at Wofford that was held Oct. 25.

Two Orange High alumni recently organized a TEDx conference for Wofford College. 

Orange High School 2016 alum Chandler Compton, alongside 2015 Orange alum Rachel Shinnick, organized a TEDx conference (a subsidiary of TED talks) at Wofford College in South Carolina. 

Spending almost a year in planning, this was the first TEDx event Wofford has ever held. 

The purpose this TEDx conference was to allow “the flow of ideas” in the spirit of their theme “Bridging the Gap,” Shinnick noted in an email.

The theme was born out of the idea to help “bridge our gaps in knowledge and understanding about certain issues and topics,” Shinnick said. 

The mission to host a TEDx conference was born in the fall of 2017 when Compton saw the need for an informative event on Wofford’s campus and decided to take charge. Compton took the lead, Shinnick said, and collaborated with other schools who have held successful TEDx conferences and worked to ensure that the organizing team and lineup of speakers would be prepared to premier a spectacular event. 

On Thursday, Oct. 25, after a year’s worth of planning, six speakers gave talks on various topics.

“The sheer interest from students and Spartanburg community members in attending the event is a true testament to how successful of an inaugural event this was on Wofford’s campus,” Shinnick said. “It was historic, it was groundbreaking, it took determination and grit to pull off, but it was without a doubt an absolute success.”

Compton is an English and International Affairs major with a Government minor at Wofford College. He is on the men’s soccer team, involved in the Honor Council, a mentor for the Writing Center and a member of the Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity.