TEDxStormont set to go virtual for the first time

  • TEDxStormont will go virtual for the first time later this month with a stellar line up of speakers from varied backgrounds such as technology, business, health, politics, academia and the arts.

    Named 'TEDxStormont Summer Camp' this year, the online event begins on Monday 27th July and concludes on Saturday 1st August.

    Now in its eighth year in Northern Ireland, the event will build upon the first-ever virtual TED2020: ‘Unchartered’, an eight-week programme of talks and conversations streamed across the world.

    The TEDxStormont Summer Camp will feature daily bespoke and unique online programmes including, Thought for the Day, Coffee Club, Main Stage TEDxStormont Talks, Creative Hub, Gin O'Clock and Peace Village.

    The week-long event will also include fireside chat style conversations with some well-known leaders, including Managing Director of Allstate NI, John Healy, Health Minister Robin Swann and newly appointed NI Mental Health Champion Professor Siobhan O’Neill.

    TEDxStormont Speakers Include:

    • Astra McNicholl, Founder and Creative Strategist, Itty Bitty Book Co.
    • Aoibhéann McCann, Irish Actress and Activist
    • Bláthnaid Carlin, Mother, Doctor, Eco-campaigner
    • Candice Mama, Author and Forgiveness Advocate
    • E. Louise McCavana, Lawyer, Strategist, Entrepreneur
    • Ian Wolter, Award Winning Sculptor
    • Matthew Cavan, Actor and Drag Performer
    • Professor Karise Hutchinson, Educator and Provost, Ulster University

    Eva Grosman, Curator of TEDxStormont Summer Camp said: “This year has been unprecedented and unusual on many levels, with the uncertainty of the pandemic looming large over everyone.

    "TEDxStormont Summer Camp is a fantastic opportunity for people to come together to learn and be creative in an online environment, and to escape the stresses and anxiety of the current health crisis.

    “Each year TEDxStormont grows and expands bringing people from all walks of life to the red dot to share their inspiring ideas. When planning this year’s event, we wanted to make sure it was bigger and better than ever. With an inclusive and exciting packed week of online events and activities including a daily coffee club, yoga sessions and the main TEDx stage slots with a thrilling line up of acclaimed speakers, there is something for everyone.”

    TEDxStormont Summer Camp is sponsored by Allstate NI, Elemental, Change Your Mind and Inspire Group and supported by Corrymeela, NOW Group, Bullitt Hotel, Hinch, and Bespoke Communications.

    Previous speakers of TEDxStormont speakers included the former First Minister Peter Robinson; deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness; Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol; Christina Lamb, Foreign Correspondent for the Sunday Times; Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Oxford University and Dr Donna Hicks, Harvard.

    Source: written based on press release

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