On 14 June 2013, the Houses of Parliament ran its second TEDxHousesofParliament event.
Like Parliament Week, TEDxHousesofParliament is all about looking at democracy and representation from a wide array of perspectives – from the complexities of political language to making data freely available.
This year we were lucky to have a fantastic line-up of speakers, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, a choir, poets, campaigners and a human flight specialist.
One of the most popular speakers was Jack Andraka, a 15 year-old from Maryland in the US who has created a paper sensor that will potentially detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer, and costs just three cents. It’s an amazing achievement and he is now campaigning on the issue of democratising access to scientific data.
Films of all of the talks are available on YouTube so please watch them – it’s amazing how different people’s experiences and perspectives can make you think.
TEDx was created by its older sibling TED in the spirit of “ideas worth spreading”. TEDx is a programme of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The letters TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design – so you get an idea of how wide the scope is for our speakers!
Each year, TEDxHousesofParliament gets bigger (the films from last year have been watched over 2 million times!) and, dare I say it, even better. We already have some exciting ideas for next year’s event and, after a short time off to lie in a darkened room, we’re going to start planning a whole new programme.
While planning a TEDx is involves a lot of hard work, I’m delighted to be involved alongside a team of brilliant staff and volunteers.
Image: Tom O’Leary, TEDx Houses of Parliament Organiser and Curator, introducing the event