qmunciate magazine caught up with the team behind TEDx University of Glasgow, Glasgow’s independently organised TED Talks event, to discuss what they do, this year’s conference, and their upcoming launch party, this Thursday in Qudos, QMU!
Now in its fifth year, TEDx University of Glasgow is TED-style conference hosted at the University and organised entirely by UofG students. Hosting experts, academics and student speakers from around campus and beyond, TEDx UofG aim ‘to bring together bright minds from the community and beyond in a one day conference to spread great ideas, spark conversations, and catalyse positive change.’ The conference itself begins on the 3rd of March, and the launch party offers us a sneak peak. ‘Although our theme is ‘Press Pause to Begin’, this evening should definitely have one buzzing beat!’ says Reilly Dufresne from the TEDx team. ‘Get ready for a night packed with live music performances, including Northern Central, Age-Otori, and DJ Gold Standard. Later, Daria Altenburg will demonstrate the impressive beauty and strength of pole dancing.’
The conference itself incorporates education, university community connections, and a drive for positive social change, all of which are represented at the launch; ‘Throughout the evening’, Dufresne tells us, ‘you will also have the chance to socialise with representatives from HANDPRINTS e-NAMBLE Scotland, Glasgow UBT (Coppafeel), VRoomggo, and Greenpeace! So as you can imagine, Thursday night will shake with the good vibrations of great music and brilliant people.’
The launch party also features a taste of things to come, with talks representing the theme of the upcoming event; ‘Of course, this would not be a TEDx University of Glasgow event without a couple of talks as well!’ says Dufresne – ‘The evening’s speakers will include Ramadeep Mungur’s, ‘Identity is Beautiful and Complex: Be Proud of Yours’; Alexander Curtis’, ‘Take the Neglected out of Neglected Tropical Disease’; and Sarah Bacom’s ‘The Right to the City and to Food: Alternative Narratives of Food Poverty in Community-legged Gardens’.
‘This Thursday will be jam-packed with inspiration,’ she adds, ‘and YOU are invited to come share your passion with us – even if this passion is to throw a couple ‘running mans’ or ‘sprinklers’ onto the dance floor! Of course, if you need some refreshments, the bar will be open throughout the evening, and admission includes free snacks. Come share your laughter, ideas, and dance moves with us!’
The TEDx University of Glasgow launch is on the 8th of February from 19.00 – 22.00 at Qudos in the QMU.
Tickets are £7, limited, and selling fast: http://launchpartytedxuofg.getqpay.com/