Some of you might have seen and old (produced in Czechoslovakia back in 1992 -- yes, you read it right), red 750cc Fiat Panda roaming Vilnius streets.
Those were two veteran TEDx organizers: Nate Mook of TEDxMidAtlantic in Washington DC and TEDxMogadishu in Somalia, and Steve Garguilo of TEDxPSU in Pennsylvania and TEDxJNJ -- a corporate TEDx event founded in Philadelphia and now happening in Johnson & Johnson offices all over the world.
These guys are doing an 10000 km adventure from UK to Mongolia visiting TEDx communities along the way. Countries that they will pass through are UK, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and finally… Mongolia.
200 teams (each taking the different route), 5 weeks in total plus (maybe) some more… you never know what can happen with Fiat Panda…
What is special about the Mongol Rally is that one of the points of it is to raise money for a good cause. Nate and Steve are supporting TED Fellow Alexander McLean and his African Prison Project.
It is just one of the examples how really global the TEDx community is and we were lucky to have a chance to host Nate and Steve in Vilnius and hear all the crazy stories from the trip and what they’re up to next.
Plus, we got TEDxVilnius “X” letter (the one you see on stage) on board for the trip!
It should be back here in the city in September along with bunch of pictures from various locations and signed by many people Nate and Steve will meet.
We’ll make sure to share those stories with you at the next TEDxVilnius event!
For those who’re curious, you can follow Nate’s and Steve’s adventure here: http://twoguysandanx.com/