Getting Ready For TEDx Syracuse!

Twin brothers and OCC Math Professors Jason (left) and David (right) Furney are planning TEDx Syracuse. It will be held Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. in Storer Auditorium.

David and Jason Furney are at it again! The inseparable and hard-to-tell-apart twin brothers are preparing for the latest edition of TEDx Syracuse. It will be held in OCC’s Storer Auditorium Saturday April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “There are a lot of people who have something to say and need a platform to say it in. We’re giving community members a voice to talk about what they are good at,” said Jason.

This is the fourth year a TED Talk will be held on campus. It’s grown so much in size and attendance it now bears the name “Syracuse.” Previously it was named “TEDx Onondaga Community College.” The theme for this year’s is “Believe in Better” which is also the theme of The OCC Foundation’s fundraising campaign. The 2019 edition will showcase nine speakers from all over Central New York. Topics will include civic duties, healthcare, bereavement, community services, personal growth and self-expression. “Our main goal is to get people talking. We want people to start conversation about what they heard and spark ideas,” said David.

The Furney (pronounced fur-NAY) brothers are used to working together. Both are Math professors at OCC and share an office in Mawhinney Hall. After graduating from Jordan-Elbridge High School in 2006 they came to OCC and earned Engineering degrees two years later. They transferred to SUNY Binghamton, earned bachelor’s degrees, then went to different colleges for their advanced degrees.

Tickets for TEDx Syracuse are available at this link. Tickets are $25 for the public and are free for students who fill out an application which can be found on the website. Anyone purchasing a ticket whom is interested in supporting future TEDx Syracuse presentations can do so by clicking on the “donate” button.

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