TEDx is a sell-out

A packed Big School was the venue for an exciting one day TEDx (Technology, Entertainment, Design) youth conference this week.

College 6th formers were joined by visitors from local schools, including Glyn, Rosebery, St John\’s and the Beacon, to hear a number of engaging speakers talk about issues that affect the lives of young people today.

Entitled Should We Be Hopeful for the Future, the TEDx event welcomed speakers Nigel Palmer, Chairman of African Vision Malawi, David Hammond, a former frontline Royal Marines Officer, naval helicopter pilot and Head Maritime Lawyer to the UK\’s Chief of Joint Operations for Counter-Piracy, and Dr Nigel Barnes, who addressed the audience on medical technology and the personalisation of drug treatment and its impact.

Bio-regional consultants, Stephen Edwards and Lorie McManus, spoke about their work with Sutton-based charity BioRegional and its sustainability approach and 21 year old entrepreneur Adam Bradford, who started his first business aged 14, discussed how young people can achieve in their careers with the right mindset.  

Barnaby Lowe, a U6th student at St John\’s, questioned whether the law self-perpetuates and ensnares rather than liberates its citizens. The College was also delighted to welcome Old Epsomians Tom Chatfield, a writer, commentator and author of five books exploring digital culture, and Amy Symons, who spoke on abortion. Amy, will be reading Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford starting this October.

Musical interludes were provided by Epsom U6th formers Anthony Draper, Jake McGrath and Will Goldberg.

The successful event was organised by Crawfurd Housemistress, Helen Hynd. Deputy Head (Academic) Angela Drew, Head of L6th, Gordon Watson, and College prefect, Nikita Ganin, co-hosted the day.

TED in a non-profit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.TED conferences aim to bring together thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give a talk about their life and work in 18 minutes or less.

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