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Belfast, United Kingdom
March 28th, 2013

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About this event

TEDxStormont event took place in the iconic Parliament Buildings, Stormont – 15 years after the signing of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. The theme of the event was 'Imagine' – we looked forward and imagined the kind of future we could have together as a society, here in Northern Ireland and beyond.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Peter Robinson MLA
    Peter Robinson was appointed as the First Minister for Northern Ireland in 2008. Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party. His interests, outside of politics, include breeding Japanese koi carp, cycling, golf and ten-pin bowling. @DUPleader
  • Martin McGuinness MLA
    Martin McGuinness was appointed as deputy First Minister in 2007 and was re-elected to this post in May 2011. Member of Sinn Féin since 1970, Mr McGuinness has a keen interest in sport, walking and literature, particularly poetry. @M_McGuinness_SF
  • John Paul Flintoff
    John-Paul Flintoff is a writer, mostly. He has worked for The Financial Times for seven years, then seven more on The Sunday Times, and for various publishers. His books include 'Sew Your Own' and 'How To Change The World'. @jpflintoff
  • Christina Lamb
    Christina Lamb one of Britain's leading war correspondents, winning Foreign Correspondent of the Year five times for reporting on Pakistan, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe as well as the Prix Bayeux, Europe's most prestigious award for war correspondents. @christinalamb
  • Simon Hamilton MLA
    Simon Hamilton is currently Assembly Private Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Personnel and is set to succeed Minister Sammy Wilson in the role in 2013. Winner of 2010 Slugger O'Toole 'Up and Coming' Politician of the Year award. @SimonHamilton
  • Grainne Holland
    Grainne Holland, from West Belfast is a fresh talent in the Irish traditional music circuit with amazing vocal strength and beauty. Grainne released her debut album 'Teanga na nGael' in 2011 to great critical acclaim. @grainneholland
  • Brian Cathcart
    Brian Cathcart is professor of journalism at Kingston University London and was a founder of the Hacked Off campaign. He has written books about the murders of Stephen Lawrence and Jill Dando, as well as on the history of nuclear science. @BrianCathcart
  • Donna Hicks
    Donna Hicks is an Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She has been involved in numerous unofficial diplomatic conflict resolution efforts. Author of 'Dignity: The Essential Role it Plays in Resolving Conflict'. @DeclareDignity
  • Kate Carroll
    In January 2013, police widow Kate Carroll launched a foundation in memory of her husband, Constable Carroll, who was shot dead by the Continuity IRA in Craigavon in 2009 after responding to a 999 call.
  • Dolores Kelly MLA
    Dolores Kelly is currently Deputy Leader of the SDLP. Dolores currently sits on the Regional Development Committee and the Environment Committee. A believer in social justice, equality and human rights. @doloreskelly
  • Bartosz Thiede
    Bartosz Thiede, born in Poland, moved to Northern Ireland with his family seven years ago. A proud member of the Schola Cantorum choir in Belfast, he studies the organ, piano, trumpet and music composition.
  • Jo Anne Dobson MLA
    Jo-Anne is an Ulster Unionist Party MLA for the Constituency of Upper Bann. A proud advocate for the involvement and advancement of women in politics, Jo-Anne is the chair of the Upper Bann Ulster Women's Unionist Council. @JoAnne_Dobson
  • Jocelyn Bell Burnell
    Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell inadvertently discovered pulsars as a graduate student in radio astronomy in Cambridge, opening up a new branch of astrophysics -- work recognised by the award of a Nobel Prize to her supervisor. She is now a Visiting Professor in Oxford.
  • Tom Bowtell
    Tom Bowtell is one of three co-directors of Coney, a network of artists and makers who create stories, adventure and play. Coney combine theatre and game mechanics to create responsive shows and events that can take place wherever the audience and their imaginations are: online, on stage, in the streets and in schools. @Tom_Bowtell
  • Jim Eastwood
    Well-known for his success as a finalist in series 7 on the BBC1 hit show, The Apprentice, Jim Eastwood became the best ever salesperson in the history of the show, landing orders including a £1.6m deal from ASDA. Ambassador for education and Northern Ireland. @Jim_Eastwood_
  • Tim McGarry
    Tim McGarry is a former lawyer turned actor, writer and stand-up comedian. He is most famous locally for playing 'Da' in BBC Northern Ireland's most successful sitcom ever 'Give My Head Peace'. Amateur historian, a fan of red wine and crosswords and an enemy of sectarianism and bad grammar. @Tim_Mc_Garry
  • Gregg Fraley
    Gregg Fraley is an American writer, speaker, and consultant in the area of innovation and commercial creativity. He was named a Distinguished Leader by the Creative Education Foundation. He currently resides in Three Oaks, Michigan, USA. @greggfraley
  • Gary Lightbody
    Gary Lightbody is the singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the alternative rock band Snow Patrol. His band was nominated for two MTV music awards in 2007 and to date have released six albums that have sold in excess of 13 million copies. @garysnowpatrol
  • Gary Lightbody and the Assembly
    As part of TEDxStormont, Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody - with help from SOAK, David C Clements, Silhouette and the Wonder Villains - wrote a new track 'This Is All That I Ask Of You' which formed part of Gary's TEDxTalk.
  • Belfast Community Gospel Choir
    Belfast Community Gospel Choir has been described as 'the soul of Belfast'. Following decades of violence and sectarianism in Northern Ireland, choir members come from all sections of the community and pride themselves in being fully multi-cultural. @BCGCBelfast
  • John D'Arcy
    John D'Arcy has been Director of The Open University in Ireland since October 2010. He was founding Chairman of Oh Yeah Music Centre, a not-for-profit hub for music in Belfast; the founding Chairman of Audiences Northern Ireland and a member of the Broadcasting Council for Northern Ireland. @Johnohyeah

Venue and Details

Parliament Buildings
Belfast, BT4 3XX
United Kingdom

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Eva Grosman
Belfast, United Kingdom

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