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Eclectic speakers to appear at fourth TEDx event

“The last ninja”, a Google Glass-wearing surgeon and men who teach physics through break dancing will all take the stage at the fourth annual TEDxBermuda next month.

Event organisers yesterday unveiled seven confirmed speakers who will lead presentations on a range of topics including diabetes, animation and “garage genomics”.

Jinichi Kawakami, a master of Shinobinoden Ninjutsu known as “the last ninja”, will present “The Art of Ninjutsu and the Spirit of the Ninja”, detailing the roots of Ninjutsu from self-defence and magic to ecology and mind control.

Dr Rafael Grossmann, a surgeon and medical blogger, will discuss how wearable technology like Google Glass and iPods can help save lives and create better, more affordable healthcare in his presentation titled: “OK, Glass, Get me a Surgeon.”

Bermudian Mark “Metal” Wong will join with Steve “Believe” Lunger to discuss how “breaking,” a form of hip hop dance, can be used to teach high level academics with “Hip Hop Fundamentals: Teaching Physics through Break Dancing”.

Robert Lustig, professor of paediatrics in the division of endocrinology at the University of California in San Francisco, will discuss the dangers of diabetes and the global obesity epidemic with his presentation “Personal Responsibility: The Elephant in the Kitchen.”

Natalie Kuldell, the founder of Biobuilder Educational Foundation and teacher the Department of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will lead a presentation called “Synthesizing Change with Garage Genomics”, discussing how synthetic biology can change the planet.

Former commercial fisherman Bren Smith, who created the Long Island Sound's first vertical ocean farm, will discuss ocean farming strategies intended to restore marine ecosystems and create jobs as part of a presentation titled “Farming the Ocean”.

And Andrew Park, the man behind the RSA Animate animations at, will discuss using tools from theatre, film and conversation to present complex ideas in his presentation, “Making Visual Confectionary”.

TEDxBermuda chairman John Narraway said: “The first three TEDxBermuda events have been acclaimed successes and we expect this event will be our best yet.”

The event will take place at the Fairmont Southampton from 1pm to 6.30pm on October 19. Tickets are available at

Early bird price is $65 until midnight on October 1 and $75 after that.

Fun-damentals: Mark “Metal” Wong and Steve “Believe” Lunger will be explaining how you can teach physics through break dancing.

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Published September 18, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 18, 2013 at 1:26 am)

Eclectic speakers to appear at fourth TEDx event

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