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Date: November 3, 2015

Author: Owen Cutajar

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Speakers wanted for second TEDxDouglas

Speakers with thought-provoking ideas are being sought for the second annual TEDxDouglas event in December.

After the success of the inaugural TEDxDouglas event last year, the organisers are looking for inspiring speakers to enthral the audience with powerful talks that make people think.

Last year’s event included talks from astronaut, social entrepreneur and author Ron Garan, and Manx-born Chicago-based blues guitarist Davy Knowles.

TEDxDouglas 2015 will take place at the Youth Arts Centre in Kensington Road, Douglas, on Sunday, December 6.

TED – which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design – is a non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short talks, normally no longer than 15 minutes. The movement has developed a worldwide following of millions since the first event in 1984. TEDx events are independent from the main TED conferences, but operate under the same banner and follow similar principles and guidelines.

Chris Stott, CEO of Manx satellite company ManSat Ltd, is the licence holder for TEDxDouglas. He said: ‘I’ve been involved with TED for nine years now, and I’m proud that after the success of last year’s event we are able to stage TEDxDouglas again. There are so many people in the Isle of Man who have ideas to share and the TEDx platform is the perfect opportunity to provoke conversations that matter.’

TEDxDouglas will once again be curated by a local team including Emma Quirk, Owen Cutajar and Paul Watson, with the talks being uploaded to the main TED website afterwards for worldwide viewing.

Emma said: ‘Last year was such a success, we couldn’t just leave it as a one-time event. We know that there are more stories to be told and are keen to hear from anyone who has an idea for an inspiring talk.

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