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SDSU Student Speaks at TEDx Event

Business administration graduate student Lambert Ninteman was one of nine speakers.
By Colleen Larson, The Daily Aztec

A San Diego State University student spoke at this year’s TEDx event hosted on Oct. 11 at the Don Powell Theater.

The theme of the event was “Transformation Through Us,” which focused on individuals who are responsible for change occurring both in San Diego and globally.

TEDxAmericasFinestCity focuses exclusively on encouraging local involvement of San Diego-based innovation and progress,” according to the event brochure. “The mission has always been to find compelling local speakers to create a platform for the community to express their ideas globally.”

Lambert Ninteman speaking at the event. Lambert Ninteman speaking at the event. Photo: Megan Woods

Lambert Ninteman, a business administration graduate student, was one of nine speakers, who had different stories and ideas to share with the audience.

Ninteman spoke at the event about his experience as team captain of the SDSU X-Team, which consists of students and faculty from across campus. Ninteman’s speech focused on the idea of achieving goals that are seemingly impossible to begin with.

“Weaving a team with social goals enables us to find these nests of opportunity, where the individual members can achieve something seemingly impossible in their own lives,” Ninteman said.

“We challenge ourselves to become the best versions of ourselves. And that’s one of the most tremendous and powerful parts of this whole process.”

The road to success

The SDSU X-Team recently competed in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a bio-sensing technology challenge. Out of 312 teams that originally entered the competition, the SDSU X-Team made it to the top 21 before being eliminated in August.

Ninteman recognizes the tremendous amount of support his team has received from SDSU throughout the process of the competition, including President Elliot Hirshman, who paid the initial $5,000 entry fee for the XPRIZE competition.

“We have had support from the ground up,” Ninteman said. “It is amazing to see how Aztecs come together. In essence, we all have something to contribute. If we each don’t have much but all pull together, then we have a lot.”

After the SDSU X-Team was dropped from the competition, the team decided to merge with a team who had made it to the top ten.

“Even though we didn’t make it to the top ten we are the only one — to my knowledge — of 302 teams that actually joined with a top ten team,” Ninteman said. “So the status of the XPRIZE now is we are part of team SCANurse. So we are out but we are in, and we are going to go all the way through to the end.”

The SCANurse team is building a device to measure vital signs and track certain diseases, such as anemia and Hepatitis A.

Other topics discussed at the TedxAmericasFinestCity included new classroom initiatives, facial expression sensing technology and innovation through the arts.

“We are so isolated,” audience member Gayle Early said. “We all have our businesses and our art projects, so it is nice to be in a community where we can actually come out and be around other people who are doing and creating. Actually seeing and hearing that people here are building communities and sharing ideas, it is exciting.”

This article originally appeared in The Daily Aztec