‘We searched for distinct voices that come from diverse backgrounds, with powerful life experiences, who are experts in fascinating fields.’

The TEDx Trinity College Dublin (TCD) society will host its second annual conference on Wednesday, March 7 at the Science Gallery on the TCD campus, from 2 pm to 6.30 pm.

Founded in 2017, TEDx TCD is managed by the college’s student society and is supported by a highly-motivated community of students who endeavour to transform their visions into a reality.

Last year’s inaugural event saw speakers from all over the world come together to share their ideas and stories to students and staff of TCD, while a global audience of over 500,000 watched online as it was streamed live on social media.

Building on the success of last year’s event, TEDx TCD is collaborating with a panel of remarkable innovators, thinkers, and doers to host a conference centred on the theme: Portals of Discovery – inspired by James Joyce’s novel Ulysses.

Speaking ahead of TEDx, president of the society, Ross Kelly said, “The whole committee has been working hard since September to bring together a great mix of talented speakers. We searched for distinct voices that come from diverse backgrounds, with powerful life experiences, and who are experts in fascinating fields. We are really looking forward to hosting an event that should surpass last year’s inaugural conference which reached over half a million views online.”

Some of the speakers for this year’s event include Tomi Reichental, a survivor of the Holocaust and a public speaker. Ruth Fitzmaurice, a radio researcher and producer will be sharing a personal life experience that she has recently gone through and Niall Dennehy, the co-founder and chief operations officer of AID:Tech will talk about ‘Dignity through identity’ and the impact that Blockchain could have on the financial inclusion of the world’s underserved populations.

Tickets for the event are sold out, but the event will be streamed live on the TEDx TCD Facebook page.

The lineup

  • Mark and Andrew Ansell, the winners of the TEDxTrinityCollegeDublin student speaker competition, plan on sharing their personal experiences and struggles and the ways in which they overcame them ‘Homeless to Silicon Valley: A Life Without Fear’.
  • Luke O’Neill, Professor of Biochemistry at TCD will be giving a talk on ‘What Life is 75 Years After Schrödinger’.
  • Niall Dennehy, the co-founder and chief operations officer of AID:Tech will be talking about ‘Dignity Through Identity’ and the impact that blockchain could have on the financial inclusion of the world’s underserved populations.
  • Emily Power Smith, Ireland’s only clinical sexologist will be partaking in the conference to share her thoughts on sex-positivity and her speech is titled ‘Better, Sex, Positivity: Three Interchangeable Words’.
  • Tomi Reichental, a survivor of the Holocaust and a public speaker will be sharing his memoirs and shedding light onto the importance of acknowledging these incidents not only as part of history but as ones of common occurrence. The title of his talk is ‘I was a boy in Bergen-Belsen’.
  • Ruth Fitzmaurice, a radio researcher and producer will be sharing a personal life experience that she has recently gone through. The title of her talk is ‘Contemplate – why I planted my wedding delft in the back garden’.
  • Paola Rivetti, an Assistant Professor at the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University will be sharing her research and thoughts on ‘Re-thinking politics in the Middle-East’.
  • Dr Ian Hughes – Scientist, psychotherapist and policy advisor in science and technology. His book ‘Disordered Minds: How Dangerous Personality Disorders are Destroying Democracy’ is due for publication September 2018. Ian’s blog disorderedworld.com was the Silver Award Winner in the Irish National Blog Awards 2017. 

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