Full line-up for Saturday’s TEDxBermuda
The world’s fastest electric pilot and the man who started the movement to have one day designated a global day of peace annually lead off the line up of speakers for TEDxBermuda’s event on Saturday.
Doors open at 12.30pm at Fairmont Southampton Resort where international and local speakers will share “ideas worth spreading”.
Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley, Bermuda’s Ombudsman Arlene Brock and Chip Yates, holder of 16 electric vehicle speed records, have been added to the roster.
Mr Gilley will recount how what started as a documentary film project turned into a successful movement towards the global day of peace recognised annually on September 21.
He will be joined by Mr Yates, the builder and pilot of the world’s fastest electric motorcycle and the world’s fastest electric aeroplane.
With 16 world records he has “teamed up with the US Navy on his vision for a long-range transatlantic plane that will be recharged mid-air by flying UAV battery packs”.
His next big project takes off in 2015 when he plans to pilot the custom craft along Charles Lindbergh’s epic 3,600-mile route.
Ms Brock will share her insights about providing ‘Workable and Equitable Solutions for Challenging Problems: The Process and Diligence Used to Gather Enough Facts to Truly make an Informed Decision Against a Backdrop of Emotion and Influence”.
Also included on the list of speakers is Jinichi Kawakami who will discuss ‘The Art of Ninjutsu and the Spirit of the Ninja’.
Known as “The Last Ninja” a spokesperson said he “explodes the Hollywood myth and explains the roots of Ninjutsu, from self-defence and magic to ecology and mind control”.
Born in Japan in 1949, Mr Kawakami “learned and trained Koka-Ryu Ninjutsu from six-years-old and mastered Shinobinoden Ninjutsu”.
The martial artist claims to be “the last soke and only heir to the art of authentic Ninjutsu”.
Other speakers include Robert Lustig on ‘Personal Responsibility — The Elephant in the Kitchen’.
He will examine the health dangers of sugar and its link to Type-2 diabetes and the global obesity epidemic.
A professor of Paediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco he is also the author of many articles on childhood obesity, including the recent ‘Obesity Before Birth’ and ‘Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease’.
Rafael Grossmann, a general, trauma, advance laparoscopic and robotic surgeon in Maine will address the subject ‘OK, Glass, Get Me a Surgeon’.
Using wearable and mobile technology like Google Glass and iPods, he believe mobile technology will save lives.
An enthusiastic medical blogger (rgrosssz.wordpress.com), he routinely wears Google Glass during procedures.
His vision: “to exponentially improve healthcare connectivity and communication, resulting in more efficient and intuitive, less expensive and ultimately better patient care”.
TED is a non-profit organisation established as a four-day conference in California 29 years ago which has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives.
The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.
Organisers have added a free-entry wrap party after the event at Wickets in the hotel.
There is a cash bar and dinner is $50 per person. Reservations must be booked by October 15 through www.ptix.bm. General entry to the main event is $75.
For the full list of speakers and more information go to www.ted.com/tedx for detailed information on the nature of the TEDx programme.