Thank you for making TEDxUCCI:Spark a great success!

Thank you so much for being a part of TEDxUCCI: Spark! Our third annual event saw over 75 participants coming together to hear from ten speakers, each one bringing a different element to the event. We scored high marks, with people saying they will attend future stagings and recommend TEDxUCCI to others!

A huge thank you to our speakers for sharing your spark and pushing others to make a difference in the world. They discussed everything from the importance of culture to the impact of literacy, from the role of the performing arts to personal journeys of self-discovery and fulfillment.

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To our attendees, thank you for being a wonderful audience and actively participating in our various activities such as creating external representations of your inner spark as well as the science experiment.

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To our volunteers (students, faculty and staff, alumni and members of the general public), thanks for logging in countless hours in ensuring that everyone goes home with a great TEDxUCCI experience.

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To our sponsors, TEDxUCCI would not be a reality if it were not for your support. It’s amazing how these diverse organizations have rallied around our efforts to being a real TED-like experience to the Cayman Islands!
TEDxUCCI events provide a platform for getting Caymanian and Caribbean points of view exposure on a global stage. Most of the speakers at the TED Conference actually are drawn from the best presentations at TEDx events. Each of our talks is reviewed by the TED organization as a possible future presenter on the main stage at a future TED Conference. They are also archived on the TEDx YouTube channel for all the world to see.
We will be informing you once the talks become available online.
In the meantime, please take the time to view our event photos on Flickr.
Anyone interested in presenting a talk at a future TEDxUCCI event should send us an
e-mail asking to be notified when the next application window becomes available. Please also check our website for updates.
We look forward to having you at our next TEDxUCCI event.
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Ignite a world of bright ideas!

This summer, be inspired by the stories and ideas of a group of men and women coming together to present at TEDxUCCI: Spark! on June 2, 2017, at the UCCI Campus.

We have a Cayman tourism pioneer, a Jamaican dance icon, the first native African female Scuba Dive Instructor, a young scientist examining her journey ten years after high school, a Young Caymanian Leadership Award nominee, a speech and language pathologist, a journalist mom, a business and life coach, and two individuals known for their triumphs within the youth sector. Read their profiles here!

Want to attend?

Apply now! We have a two-for-one special going on until May 12, so you can either bring a friend for free or ask them to split the registration costs with you. It’s $10 for students and $25 for adults. The first 50 registrants get this limited edition bag!

 

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So make sure to reserve your slot ASAP. Visit our website or check us on Facebook for updates!

TEDxUCCI 2016: A Leap into the Future

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On Saturday, March 19th, UCCI’s second live TEDx event took place here in the Cayman Islands.  Over 200 attendees inclusive of teachers, students and parents gathered at Sir Vassel Johnson Hall for a day of ‘ideas worth sharing’ relating to the future.

“We were thrilled to have such a wonderful turnout. We doubled our expectations for audience size and tripled last year’s attendance,” said Dr. JD Mosley-Matchett, event curator.

Several speakers tackled the importance of conservation and sustainable development. In his talk, Nashville-based software developer, Micah Redding, underscored that we all live in a ‘developing world’. The concept of first world nations having reached the end of history and all they have to do is wait for the rest of the world to catch up is a disastrous idea. As such, everyone needs to look at new and transformative ways of living, as individuals and societies.

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James Whittaker, Founder and CEO of GreenTech, issued a challenge for Cayman and others in the region to radically change the way we utilise and produce energy. This was echoed by Nick Robson who said that proper planning today can ensure economic and social sustainability over the next four decades.   UCCI alumna and CITA Project Manager Stacie Sybersma stressed the importance of studying the ocean’s potential as an energy resource and unlocking its many secrets to find answers for diseases such as cancer.

Nutritionist Tamer Soliman made the audience realise how a much-overlooked treasure in Cayman can transform the health and well-being of people in the community. Tricia Sybersma introduced ‘Orbits’, a way to increase our ‘happy’ and navigate ourselves in a complicated world whilst connecting with others and our environment.

Creative professional, Pascal Pernix, showed how someone who grew up with no TV can achieve success in the arts and media. Missouri Professor, Bill Schonberg’s idea of a new curriculum placing importance on collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity will help students become more successful in the future. He also stressed that everyone needs to be technically literate in order to compete in the world of tomorrow.

The UCCI Performing Arts students delivered monologues voicing their opinions about tolerance and acceptance. They ended their presentation with an original composition entitled, ‘Who I Am’.

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The attendees shared their stories and opinions in StoryCorps interviews conducted by the Cayman Islands Information Professionals (CIIP). They were also engaged in making giant Xs by blowing up balloons. ” I think it was the balloon activity that really did it for me,” said Dr. Mosley-Matchett. “Having spent months in planning, preparations, and rehearsals, the only surprise left for me was whether people would really wrestle with 5-foot long balloons to demonstrate their support for the event.”

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TEDx events require a LOT of the presenters, attendees, volunteers and sponsors. It was no different for TEDxUCCI. “We thank all of the volunteers both from UCCI and the broader community  who gave so much time and effort in the planning and execution of this successful event. In addition, none of this would have been possible without the generous support of our many donors, most especially our PhD sponsor, the Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports,” Dr. Mosley-Matchett said.

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View our photo gallery on Flickr. Videos will be up on YouTube in the coming days.

Get ready for TEDxUCCI:FutureVision

5 days to go. Almost 200 attendees registered. Speakers ready for dress rehearsals. Volunteers working tirelessly behind the scenes. The energy is electrifying!

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We have a full day of thought-provoking presentations, engaging activities (including a StoryCorps booth spearheaded by the Cayman Islands Information Professionals or CIIP) and treats prepared by our Hospitality students.

Take a look at the schedule:

  • 10:00 AM—Welcome & Intro Video
  • 10:10 AM—Micah Redding: Conservation Is a Necessity
  • 10:30 AM—James Whittaker: Energy–The Most Important Challenge
  • 10:50 AM—TED Video–Achenyo Idachaba: How I turned a deadly plant into a thriving business
  • 11:05 AM—Stacie Sybersma: The Ocean’s Potential
  • 11:25 AM—TED Video–Pamela Ronald: The case for engineering our food
  • 11:40 AM—Tamer Soliman: The Tree of Life
  • 12 Noon—Lunch
  • 12:30 PM—Performance: UCCI theatre arts students
  • 12:50 PM—Pascal Pernix: Being a Professional in the Creative Field
  • 1:10 PM—Bill Schonberg: Technical Literacy
  • 1:30 PM—Hands‐on project, photo-op, and snack break
  • 2:00 PM—Nick Robson: Economic and Social Sustainability
  • 2:20 PM—TED Video– Shonda Rhimes: My year of saying yes to everything
  • 2:35 PM—Tricia Sybersma: Navigating Orbits
  • 2:55 PM—Closing Remarks/Evaluation Sheets

To avoid long queues at the event, attendees are encouraged to submit payment for the tickets this week at the UCCI Admin Office.

See you all on Saturday!

 

 

TEDxLIVE@UCCI a success

TEDxLIVE@UCCI provided 124 registered attendees on the UCCI campus a chance to view all the TED 2016 Talks presented on Tuesday, February 16th, in Vancouver, Canada.

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The simulcast of the biggest TED event of 2016 included presentations on a wide variety of topics with speakers including Norman Lear the television producer and activist, Sarah Parcak the TED Prize winner and satellite archaeologist, Joe Gebbia the co-founder of Airbnb, and Travis Kalanick the “Problem Solver-in-chief” at Uber.

Next month, on March 19th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., TEDxUCCI 2016 will showcase live speakers who will be addressing a range of topics important to the future of the Cayman Islands. The theme for this event is “FutureVision” and the range of topics spans conservation, new energy sources, the ocean’s potential, improved health, technical literacy, economic and social sustainability, creativity, and how to deal with today’s increasingly complex world. A musical performance will be offered by the UCCI theatre arts students and food will be prepared by UCCI hospitality students.

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Persons who register to attend TEDxUCCI 2016 before February 21st will be eligible to bring a friend for free. Details are available online or by sending an e-mail to Event Curator Dr. JD Mosley-Matchett.

TEDxUCCI 2016 will the third event offered by UCCI during the 2015-2016 academic year. In November, TEDxUCCI Youth simulcasted an event from New York City and made it available free of charge to local high school students.  All three TEDxUCCI events were hosted by UCCI and sponsored by “PhD Sponsor” The Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth & Sports and  by Foster’s Food Fair.

Satellite Archaeologist Featured at TEDxLIVE@UCCI.

TED Prize winner Sarah Parcak will appear via a free simulcast at TEDxLIVE@UCCI between 8:00 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

As a satellite archaeologist, Sarah Parcak finds lost cities under the ground using satellite imagery to pin-point the locations. On the Colbert Late Show, she compared her work a sif “Indiana Jones had a love-child with Google Earth. She has located 17 potential pyramids in Egypt, 3,100 missing settlements, and more than 1000 lost tombs. She has revealed the secrets of the Roman Empire and mapped an entire city in Egypt—all from her lab in Alabama, USA.

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Using the latest in satellite technology, she performs archaeology from space and has won the $1 Million TED Prize for 2016. She will use the funds to help protect ancient sites and protect the world’s hidden cultural heritage.

TEDxLIVE@UCCI is a free, all-day simulcast of TED2016–a sold-out event in Vancouver Canada that costs US$8500 to attend. The simulcast will take place at UCCI on Tuesday, February 16th.

The simulcast will be set up in UCCI’s Professional Development Centre in Classroom #1, above the campus library. Although the simulcast will be running constantly throughout the day, attendees may come and go freely during the day of the event.

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, please email Dr. JD Mosley-Matchett or call 623-0552.

Great line-up of speakers at TEDxLIVE@UCCI

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The schedule of TEDxLIVE@UCCI speakers is now available for the free simulcast that will take place from 11:30 a.m to 9:45 p.m. The line-up includes Norman Lear the television producer and activist, Sarah Parcak the TED Prize winner and satellite archaeologist, Joe Gebbia the co-founder of Airbnb, and Travis Kalanick the “Problem Solver-in-chief” at Uber.

Plan your day. Check out the full schedule of speakers whose TED Talks will be shown fee of charge at UCCI on Tuesday, February 16th.

TEDxLIVE@UCCI is a free, all-day simulcast of TED2016–a sold-out event in Vancouver Canada that costs US$8500 to attend. The simulcast will take place at UCCI on Tuesday, February 16th.

The simulcast will be set up in UCCI’s Professional Development Centre in Classroom #1, above the campus library. Although the simulcast will be running constantly throughout the day, attendees may come and go freely during the day of the event.

No food or beverages will be served, but attendees are welcome to bring their own refreshments. The organizers only ask that persons clean up after themselves and respect others who will also be watching the event.

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, please email Dr. JD Mosley-Matchett or call 623-0552.