DIT staff selected to speak at TEDx Fulbright 2014

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In advance of World Creativity and Innovation Week, TEDxFulbrightDublin took place on Saturday, 05th April  in Smock Alley Theatre with the theme of “Creativity and Innovation.” Hosted by the Fulbright Commission, speakers and performers from around the world, including Sweden, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom, came to reveal their “ideas worth spreading.”  DIT staff members  were also selected to speak at the event.

DIT’s Ciarán Cuffe gave a talk on “Less is More: How Walkable Cities Save Lives and Make Us Happier."  Ciaran is an architect and town planner, and chair of DIT’s Masters Programme in Urban Regeneration and Development.  Dr. Sheryl Sorby also spoke at the event. Sheryl is a current Fulbright Scholar from Michigan Technological University at DIT. Sheryl gave a talk on Recruiting women for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM),  and discussed in particular her experience of how training in spatial thinking can improve performance in STEM courses, particularly amongst women.

TED, which started in 1984 as a conference on Technology, Entertainment, and Design, seeks to share good ideas on all topics through short, but contagious, talks. TEDx is the platform for local organisers to create their own TED-style event.

TEDxFulbrightDublin was conceived by Dr. Lorcan Walsh, a Fulbright Alumnus who went to Harvard University, to reconnect with the wider Fulbright community and to reach out to others to share and spread creative new ideas. Speaking about TEDxFulbrightDublin, Walsh said, “Although TED Talks have just celebrated their 20th birthday, TEDxFulbright events are a relatively new phenomenon. Just two have taken place in the past and this is the first to ever occur in Ireland. I am delighted to bring this incredible event to Dublin and to showcase the brilliant ‘ideas worth spreading’ to Ireland and further afield.”

Many people are familiar with TED Talks, due to their successful online platform and podcasts. As a result, TEDxFulbrightDublin was sold out within a couple of weeks of announcing the event. Joanne A. Davidson, Fulbright Commission Communications Manager and Co-organizer of the event, said, “I am delighted with the level of interest shown in TEDxFulbrightDublin and look forward to the continued conversations and outputs that I am sure will arise from this event.”

For more information, please see: http://www.tedxfulbright.org/dublin-2014/ or follow the conversation on Twitter with #TEDxFulbrightDublin.

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