A bag full of ideas coming to 7MB

| 02/03/2014

(CNS): More than one hundred people are expected to attend the first ever TEDx event in Cayman next month. The licensee and organiser, Marzeta Bodden who is bringing the ideas sharing concept to the Cayman Islands said the planned conference will explain TED which is a non-profit organisation devoted to Ideas worth spreading. Throughout the one-day event international and local speakers from various backgrounds and experiences are scheduled to participate including two wild card speakers. Started in California almost 30 years ago TED has grown to support “world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives,” Bodden said.

TEDxSevenMileBeach on Thursday April 3 will be sharing ideas here that could have far reaching impacts.

“In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a programme of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event,” Bodden explained.

She added that she has high aims for the event which she hopes will engage the people of the Cayman Islands in a way that has never been done before.

“As talks, interactions, and connections occur, attendees and participants will be encouraged to initiate vision, innovate their own paths, and inspire a better world for our collective future. The presenters will share their experience, insights, and ideas with the audience and together, everyone will explore what it means when we all tap into the power of Connecting to Possibility,” she said.

A unique feature of the event is the opportunity for unheard voices to join the discussion. TEDxSevenMileBeach is reserving two spaces for local speakers to present their own idea worth spreading. 

“I am a strong believer in the power of connection through several platforms, a key one being conversation,” Bodden said as she described her decision to reserve two spaces for public-curated talent: “TEDxSevenMileBeach is a deep immersion experience that will engage the people of the Cayman Islands in a way that has never been done before. I hope that allowing for two local Wild Card speakers will spark more ideas and conversations, from an even more varied audience.”

Encouraging prospective TEDx attendees to complete application forms so that organisers may gain a better understanding of the community interested in supporting the ideas presented by speakers. TEDxSevenMileBeach hopes to see an audience of engaged, enthusiastic, and diverse attendees who are committed to attending the event and are eager to share knowledge beyond the conference itself.

TEDxSevenMileBeach, like all TEDx events, is a non-profit event. Companies who believe in bringing together corporations and individuals who want to be change agents surrounding remarkable thinking and ideas are encouraged to invest in the local community to support TEDxSevenMileBeach.

Various sponsorship opportunities are available. Several local companies have recognised the value of participation and form the event’s current line-up of sponsors: Tower, Friends of Film, the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, Cayman 27, Regal Theatres and Melissa Wolfe Photography.

The application process for delegates will be opening soon, and the curious can in the meantime visit TEDxSevenMileBeach.com for more information. Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration

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