TED bringing big names, exciting ideas to Brentwood

Brentwood College School is hosting its inaugural TEDx event Friday, Oct. 17 in an exciting daylong session. “We are beginning this annual tradition with a running start,” said Ian McPherson, director of communications and marketing at Brentwood.

It’s high level, indeed.

The audience will be hearing from individuals such as Maia Hoeberechts talking about underwater internet connectivity: allowing ocean research results to be available to everyone.

And what about Daniel Riley, an amputee and athlete who learned to overcome the loss of both his legs or Michelle MacLaren, director of award-winning television series Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones?

They will also be speaking at this event.

The day is comprised of four sessions including two morning and two afternoon sessions of 11 speakers, four TED talk videos and various kinds of entertainment throughout the day.

But what is TEDx? According to McPherson, it all falls under a spirit of ideas worth spreading. “TED has created a program called TEDx: local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

“At our TEDxBrentwood event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED conference provides general guidance but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized,” he said.

The organizing committee is also excited to unveil the theme for our inaugural event: “Switch on Transformation: a change in direction or course, especially a radical one.”

For information about TED events, visit www.ted.com.