Welcome to The 2019 Conference

 
 
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BUILD A BETTER FUTURE

 
 

TEDx Newcastle University 2019, with the theme of ‘Build A Better Future’ looked to connect our present with the possibilities ahead. This year’s conference saw 10 speakers take the stage as they shared their vision for what the future should be. Making the conference a truly impactful event, several workshops were run that will allowed you to build new contacts, have some fun and test your brain power. We hope you had a memorable day of networking and possibilities as we explored ideas truly worth sharing.

 

Speakers

Check out the speakers and their talks here! They will be joined by the videos once created!

 
 
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Speaker 1 - Michael Taylor

Why it’s okay to like money

We are taught from an early age that it’s wrong to like money. A healthy relationship with money and an understanding of personal finance is in everyone’s interests. You don’t need to be rich to invest in the stock market. Everyone can (and should, situation permitting) invest in stocks.

 
 
 
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Speaker 2 - Sam Waterfall

Nurturing Your Inner Ecosystem

As an international food marketing consultant, Sam Waterfall spent 10 years launching new foods in over 50 countries on 5 continents. But it was co-founding a probiotics startup and the birth of his daughter that started a very healthy relationship with his body’s microbe passengers. In his engaging talk, Sam shared a new view on bugs and bacteria that could seriously improve your life.

 

 
 
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Speaker 3 - Mercy Oluwafemi

Performing at 100% you

How can we minimize distractions and strive to perform at peak best? We are often competing with various things that seeks our attention so how can we maximize our time and be more effective in doing all that we do. My talk drew on personal experience, personal motivators as well as research on increasing efficiency, performing at 100% and building a better future.

 
 
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Speaker 4 - Louise Thompson

Ethics in Automation

When they rule the world, will machines be benevolent leaders?  Returner to the North East and founder of TaylorThompson Commercial Limited, Louise Thompson reminded us who is in charge and what our responsibilities are in a look at ethics in automation. 

 
 
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Speaker 5 - Ashley Kent

Science, Society and Women

Less than 30% of scientific and technical researchers are women. This is a huge problem and we often hear people desperately asking, “How can we get girls to see themselves as scientists?”. Let’s start by first understanding the problem isn’t that girls can’t see themselves as scientists; but that we – as a society – can’t see girls as scientists.

 
 
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Speaker 6 - Joanna Finlay

Frustration can change the world

Whose job is it to build a better society? A select few with authority, resources and expertise? Joanna Finlay is an intrapreneur in financial services. She reasons that we all have the power to change society, within our existing roles – and embracing frustration is the key to unlocking this power.

 
 
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Speaker 7 - Ramtin Mehraram

The Electrical Activity of the Brain: A New Way to Diagnose Dementia

Ramtin’s experience from studying his PhD in Neuroscience is the centre piece for his talk on Building a Better Future. Ramtin’s goal in his research, and through his TEDx Talk, is to identify ways of detecting electrical activity in the brain, to allow new ways of diagnosing dementia, specifically Lewy Bodies, and make them available to the public.

 
 
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Speaker 8 - Martin Hylton

Technology in Dance

I’m Martin Hylton I am an ex dance performer with over 35 years of experience performing with some of the best contemporary dance companies in Europe. I am now Artistic Director of my own arts organisation in Gateshead. I am going to tell you what no dance school wants you to hear, everyone can dance. The main body of my talk will centre around the core principles which I use to deliver dance practice and education across all age groups and all levels, ranging from professional and young Gifted and Talented dancers to 50+ adults who have never danced a step in their lives.

 
 
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Speaker 9 - Alison Shaw

Build a better future: am I supposed to do this, or will someone do it for me?

In this talk, Prof. Alison Shaw, teacher, mentor, innovator and optimist, challenged us to consider our own values and the part they play in the impact we all make on the future. Are there grounds for optimism about our human destiny? Do we really need, as we are often told, to take drastic remedial action for the survival of the world as we know it – or will someone else do it for us?

 
 
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Speaker 10 - Duncan Yellowlees

Tell More Stories

Once upon a time... Words familiar to many, they are part of our social consciousness, but why are they so powerful? In a world dominated by technology where "communications" means everything from satellites and ultrafast internet to making "killer content" in a hipster marketing office, maybe it’s time to take a step back. Presentation expert and tale teller Duncan Yellowlees talked on getting back to our communication roots and how it might just may be the way forward. Share the true power of storytelling and realise that understanding our obsession with this ancient craft can be a force for good.