TedxMerseyside comes to the Art and Design Academy
08 June 2012
Open Labs, working in partnership with local leading figures, were instrumental in bringing the first ever TedxMerseyside event to the Art and Design Academy.
The theme was New Futurism; looking at the human and biological elements of our future and technology.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a programme of local, self- organised events that bring people together sharing TED-like experience. At a TEDx event you get to experience TEDTalks via video as well as live speakers, combining to spark deep discussion and connection with those in attendance and TedxMerseyside was no exception.
All of the speakers were from Merseyside showcasing the region's leading thinkers in such diverse subjects as art and ethics, rites of passage and the future of flight. Talks ranged from Molly Harvey, inspiring us to find our inner leader, to Dr Christine Shea, who had the audience engaged as she helped us identify the tiny signals we send to each other with our facial expressions in her non-verbal communication talk.
Open Labs, who support local creative technology companies in a variety of ways including an extensive and varied event programme, was delighted to partner TedxMerseyside and have the support of a turnout which included LJMU students and staff as well as a fine representation of the digital and creative movers and shakers in the Liverpool city region.
John McKerrell of DoES (http://doesliverpool.com/) one of the delegates said:
"TEDx Merseyside was a great event. It gave a different viewpoint to previous conferences. I really got the impression of being at a TED style event. With a predominantly female list of speakers and a good mix of delegates it was a refreshing change to the predominantly male tech led conferences I've been to in the past."
TEDxMerseyside is just one of two TEDx events held in the city; TEDxLiverpool (http://www.tedxliverpool.co.uk/) is due to return in the autumn and TEDxMerseyside (http://www.tedxmerseyside.com/) will return early next year.
Anyone wishing to get involved with future TEDx events should get in touch via the websites.
For further information about what Open Labs can offer to local digital and creative companies, visit: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/aps/OpenLabs/