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Theme: Creativity and the City

This event occurred on
March 23, 2011
4:00pm - 9:00pm GMT
(UTC +0hrs)
Belfast, BFS
United Kingdom

One hundred years ago, ship builders were putting the final touches to the RMS Titanic before the hull was launched in May 1911. You could have seen the ship from the Belfast Harbour Commissioners Offices. This historic building was the venue in March 2011 for the very first TEDxBelfast. We were sitting in an historical place, but we were considering the future and the place of creativity in this city.

With speakers from Northern Ireland - including some coming home especially for the event - we heard about, and discussing, innovation and creativity in, architecture, communications technology, social media, the workplace and creative arts.

And The Really Rubbish Orchestra performed on their recycled instruments.

Belfast Harbour Commissioners
Harbour Office
Corporation Square
Belfast, BFS, BT1 3AL
United Kingdom
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Paul Moore

Having worked as a senior manager in the further education sector Professor Moore joined the University of Ulster in 1999 and has since been active in the development of the creative arts/industries policy in the university becoming head of the School of Creative Arts in 2008. He was awarded a personal chair in 2009 becoming Professor of Creative Technology at the Magee campus.

Sinclair Stockman

Living and working in Belfast and Paris Sinclair is founder of Active Minds, Paris. Currently Sinclair works as an independent executive technology and transformation advisor, working with a number of innovative web service based companies, providing executive advice and also working on a number of innovative projects with global NGOs and in developing countries.

Mark Dowds

Mark Dowds was a transformational coach for corporations including NewsCorp, RBC, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and CIBC. He believes in keeping an organization in the hands of the people and is dedicated to uncovering systems and beliefs that get in the way. His latest venture, Brainpark, Inc. (a Silicon Valley software start-up) helps companies transform their systems and culture to become more social and innovative. Mark has played a leading role in several organizations focused on helping entrepreneurs learn from one another to become successful. He is the co-founder of,, and is a limited partner at Bullet Time Ventures. He had three of his investments acquired in 2010: StandOutJobs, EduFire, ServiceCloud and remains an investor in CommunityLend and Virima. He is a director for Jiffle, WorldBlu, and an advisor to Game Change Ventures, Using Miles, Haiti Partners, Chaordix, and GoPhoto. He is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, a certified NLP trainer, and is working on his Masters in Industrial Psychology. He resides with his wife and children in the San Francisco Bay Area, runs ultramarathons, races bikes and is competing in his first Ironman in 2011. The remainder of his time he enjoys good beer, laughing, causing trouble, and time with his friends.

Maureen Piggot

Maureen Piggot is the Director of Mencap in Northern Ireland. In this role she is responsible for leading the organisation’s campaigning, advocacy and range of services to children and adults with a learning disability and their families and for supporting a network of local groups. In November 2008 Maureen was awarded an OBE for services to people with a learning disability. Maureen’s interests include international development and the use of assistive technology. Maureen is Mencap’s representative within, and the current Vice-President of, Inclusion Europe, an organisation that campaigns for the rights and interests of people with intellectual disabilities and their families throughout Europe. Born in South Africa, Maureen has worked with children, young people and adults there, in the United States and in Northern Ireland. Maureen is a graduate of the University of Natal, qualified as a teacher and obtained an MEd in special education from Trenton State College, New Jersey.

Colin Williams

Colin has had to call off his appearance at TEDxBelfast

Ken Thompson

Ken Thompson is an expert practitioner in the area of bioteaming, swarming, virtual enterprise networks, virtual professional communities and virtual teams and has published two landmark books: * Bioteams: High Performance Teams Based on Nature’s Best Designs * The Networked Enterprise: Competing for the future through Virtual Enterprise Networks Ken is also founder of an exciting European technology company Swarmteams which provides unique bioteaming technologies for all shapes and sizes of groups, social networks, business clusters, virtual/mobile communities and enterprises. Swarmteams enables groups to be more responsive and agile by fully integrating their mobile phones and the web with bioteam working techniques. The latest Swarmteams implementation is SwarmTribes which helps musicians and bands form a unique collaboration with their fans for mutual benefit.

Ruth Morrow

Ruth is Professor of Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast. She has worked as an architect in the UK and Germany and taught at Schools of Architecture across the UK and Ireland. Her work tests the potentials between people, place, creativity and pedagogy and ranges across activist design pedagogies, urban activism and innovative product development. All her work is underpinned by an ethos of inclusivity and design excellence. She is co-founder of Tactility Factory, a spinout company that has developed award winning, innovative surfaces, combining concrete and textile technologies. Together with her co-founder Trish Belford they are known for their ability to make ‘mad ideas sane’.

Organizing team


Belfast, France
  • Mark J Finlay
  • Dr. Gary Burnett