My friends and I attended TEDxSalford on Sunday. Such a great experience filled with inspirational and funny talks. It was one hell of a crazy day, we had to catch a train at 7:13 am and my alarm decided not to ring! Does it happen to anyone? They set an alarm but it doesn't ring? And yes I made sure its AM not PM. Anyways my friends woke me up and I rushed to the train station and caught the next train to Manchester.
We started our day with coffee from the Starbucks in Leeds' train station had a bit of a chat about random things till our train. We did a bit more talking and wishing we don't miss any of the talks especially Sir Ian Wilmut's as we basically decided to go because of him.
|My name on my friend's latte.|
We used the tram from Manchester Victoria to the MediaCity as suggested by the helpful people from @TEDxSalford on twitter. I liked how easy it was to find the right tram and the helpful points on each stop. The funniest thing about the whole day was the "r" on the stage that spelled Salford. It just didn't want to stand still and almost every speaker did something to it!
Morning Session A
We reached The Lowry in MediaCity just in time for the first talk given by Salil Shetty. He's a human rights' activist working for Amnesty International. He started off his talk by telling us how people told him not to be predictable and he decided to start off by dancing the Gangam Style. He did start dancing but he stopped after a few seconds. I REALLY wished he did dance but the few seconds he did were enough to get my full attention for the rest of his talk. He talked about his experience with injustice and how he dealt with it. He has a campaign going on with the hashtag #50shadesoffair (I thought it was a really catchy hashtag!) Join his campaign, share your story of injustice or someone you know.
|Sir Ian Wilmut|
The second talk was by Sir Ian Wilmut, the person we've all been looking forward to hear him talk. To those who don't know who he is then he's Dolly the sheep's dad. The man who cloned the first sheep. He gave an interesting talk on how they created Dolly the sheep. He is now working on developing new treatments for human diseases using stem cells. I found the talk interesting and easy to understand as I'm a geneticist but he got into too much details that maybe some people wouldn't have understood. All in all, it was nice hearing Dolly's story.
Before the ending of the first session, a TEDTalk video was played that literally gave me goosebumps all through it. The way he talks, the pictures shown, everything about it was showing God's work on earth. The talk was by a photographer known as Louie Schwartzberg. You can watch the video here as I can't explain how much I liked it!
After the first session, my friends and I went to explore The Lowery Outlet Mall. Decided there is nothing good enough and went back for session B.
Morning Session B
During the lunch break my friends and I had lunch at Burger King and then went out to snap a few shots of the lovely place, it was sunny so double thumbs up!!!
Evening Session A
After the lunch break, the first speaker for the evening session was Ken Shamrock a former WWE wrestler, he's been titled "The World's Most Dangerous Man". He gave a talk about his childhood and how his father has helped him to be the man he is today. He is working on a project making a foster home for kids to be able to guide them in the right way.
Ken was followed by Etienne Stott, a canoeist who won the gold medal in the London Olympics 2012. He gave an interesting talk about his journey to the gold medal that he showed around with pride. I was lucky enough to take a picture with him and held the gold medal which was surprisingly heavier than I thought it would be. He's a really nice man with a great big smile!
Following Etienne was Paul Zenon the most HILARIOUS man I've heard speak. He's a magician but the talk he gave wasn't about magic tricks. He talked about Security and Reasons. Told us a bunch of funny things he does in airports and some logical things about laws that don't really make sense. For example, putting your liquids in a clear bag. Why does it have to be in a clear bag if its going to get x-rayed anyways! Funny funny talk!!
Jim Al-Khalili spoke next about quantum biology, a very detailed explanation about how mutations in DNA occur. I knew some of the things he mentioned from my modules but it was fun listening to something I actually know about and understand. Funny thing happened with this man, my friends and I wanted a picture with Jim the host (Jim Dickinson) and whenever we ask people we want a picture with him they send us to Jim Al-Khalili. We finally managed to take a picture with both Jims after some awkward moments :p
Following Jim's talk was a TEDTalk given by an Indian student, Pranav Mistry. This guy is AMAZING. The things he has done were beyond amazing I still can't believe such thing could happen. Take a look at the video here!
Evening Session B
The last session started with a talk by John Robb a punk rock & roll singer. The first thing he did that shocked EVERYONE and you could hear gasps and laughs was break the "r" that no one stopped tweeting and talking about. He then continued his talk about how you should go out and do your own music without waiting for approval from someone. He dissed the Xfactor and everything to do with that show. He talked about needing a revolution for people to start making their own music and brining back life to rock&roll. Good hair cut I must say :p
Next was Geoff Burch, his voice was HILARIOUS. I really thought he was making that voice and it wasn't his normal one. He's a business guru that looks at business success. I really don't remember what his talk was exactly about but I remember him using animals as examples, dodos and pigs. I still laugh whenever I remember his voice. May I add that he's one of those people who wear shades indoors. Just because he's funny I'll let that slip
Following Geoff was Ray Hammond a futurist. His talk was about how in the future computers will be as capable as humans. He talked about evolution and how we reached life so far. How numbers and letters brought us till today. Such stuff I felt bored somewhere while he was talking maybe because its not something I'm interested in.
And finally, the last talk of the TEDxSalford was by the rapper AKALA. He gave us a history lesson about rapping and where it originated from. He was trying to tell us that rapping started a LONG time ago and was a cultural thing back in Africa. It has moved to the states as well as around the world after africans started immigrating to the states and the rest of the world. In the past, there were certain people in society that spoke on behalf of people through poems sharing their views about political matters as well as other things. Those people would memorize a LOT of LONG poems for such things. It was a good talk and learned a lot from it.
I must say the host Jim Dickinson made everything perfect with his funny comments, gotta love the man!! Spending the day at the TEDxSalford was an amazing day full of mind blowing inspirational talks. I'm definitely looking forward to attend more TEDx events and learn a bit more.
You can follow TEDxSalford through Facebook, twitter and their official website that will have the videos from the day up sometime soon!