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.

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TEDxUCCI: FutureVision Calls for Speakers

2016 is off to a flying start for the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) as the campus prepares for TEDxUCCI: FutureVision slated for March 19. The organisers continue to seek speakers who have an idea about the future that’s worth sharing with the local community as well as with an international audience.

“We are looking for people from ALL disciplines: thought leaders, visionaries, artists, inventors, hobbyists and adventurers who will provide a glimpse of what the future might hold for us all. Those chosen will take to the TEDxUCCI stage to express their ‘FutureVision’ in 18 minutes or less,” said Dr. JD Mosley-Matchett, UCCI’s Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Education and TEDxUCCI’s event curator.

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The fearless speakers of TEDxUCCI: Fearless in 2015.

 

TEDxUCCI: FutureVision, the second of its kind to be hosted by UCCI, will explore a variety of topics such as:

  • Arts
    • Future of animation/ filmmaking
    • Bridging generation gaps through music/art
    • The power of storytelling in preserving the legacy of the past
  •  Social science
    • How social media is shaping our future
    • Millenials and their role in mapping the future
  • Government
    • Towards a sustainable future for Cayman
    • Grooming today’s youth as leaders of tomorrow
  •  Philosophical
    • My philosophy in the Digital Age
    • Immortality: Preserving Your Heritage
  • Business
    • Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence

“So please consider this a personal invitation for all oral, visual, demonstrable, and kinesthetic (but definitely INTERESTING) presenters to apply to be featured at the March 19th TEDxUCCI event,” Dr. Mosley-Matchett said.

Interested parties must apply by Friday, January 15.

Thank You / Throwback Thursday!

So it’s been almost a month since TEDxUCCI. We’ve posted our photos on Flickr and are just waiting on TED to approve our videos and publish them publicly. If we’re lucky, the whole world will be able to view the talks on YouTube this weekend. Yay!

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It’s so hard to contain the excitement of finally showing TEDxUCCI’s talks to the world. Uploading the videos was like being transported back to the day of the event. The ideas are still interesting, the jokes are just as funny and the messages very much inspiring. Of course, nothing beats being there in person, so make sure you stay tuned for the upcoming TEDx events late this year and early 2016 (yes, we have begun making plans!).

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To those of you who supported TEDxUCCI in any way, we express our utmost gratitude. We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of our sponsors who made this event possible: The University College of the Cayman Islands, Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, DQ, PD’s Sports Bar and Grill, Universal Air Conditioning, Casa de Soto, Business Solutions Technologies Group Ltd and Foster’s Food Fair-IGA.

Thanks to the faculty, staff, students and friends of UCCI for their tireless efforts to ensure the success of the event. We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to our speakers and performers for the many voluntary hours that went into preparing and rehearsing. And finally, thanks to our attendees for their enthusiastic involvement in TEDxUCCI (and the top marks they gave the event and the planning team–hooray!).

See you again next time! In the meantime, keep the conversations going on Facebook, Twitter and this blog. 🙂