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Theme: Innovation without Boundaries

This event occurred on
November 13, 2010
5:00am - 11:00am EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Kingston, 01

This inaugural TEDxJamaica event is, the first TEDx event in Jamaica. The event is intended to inspire and to demonstrate that innovation does not have any boundaries, be it geographic, economic or social. Speakers from diverse disciplines and backgrounds will help illustrate this point. We expect to have an equally diverse audience, comprised of persons from a variety of fields and professions as well as students.

University of the West Indies
Social Sciences Lecture Theatre
UWI, Mona
Kingston, 01
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Robert Trivers

Robert L. Trivers is Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University and is one of the world’s most influential evolutionary biologists of this era. Professor Trivers has made pioneering and profound contributions to our understanding of the evolutionary roots of social behavior. This work, completed in a set of five seminal papers in the early 1970’s, revolutionized the biological sciences and laid the foundations for the emerging fields of sociobiology and evolutionary psychology. Professor Triver’s current work focuses on the evolutionary basis of the capacity for self deception and the investigation of symmetry in human beings. Professor Trivers was recently awarded the prestigious Crafoord Prize in Biosciences from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 greatest thinkers and scientists of the 20th century. Professor Trivers completed his Ph.D. in Biology at Harvard University in 1972 where his thesis focused on Jamaican green lizards. Professor Trivers is a Distinguished Fellow of the University of the West Indies.

Bruce James

Bruce James is Co-founder and President of the MVP Track and Field Club, which started in 1999 with a vision to train athletes to win, at the highest levels, using local coaches, facilities and management. Today the MVP Track and Field Club is one of the most successful track clubs in the world. Numbered among the athletes who are trained, represented and managed by MVP are multiple gold, silver and bronze medal winners at the Olympic Games and the World Championships. In fact were MVP a country, it would have placed 6th among all countries competing at the Beijing Olympics measured by the quantity and quality of medals won by MVP athletes in the track and field events. Mr. James is an International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) certified official and has been Deputy Chief Track Umpire at the IAAF World Junior Championships. He is a frequent athletics commentator on television and cable channels in Jamaica. Mr. James holds a B.Sc. in Management (1990) and an MBA (1991) from Florida State University.

Marvin Hall

Marvin Hall is a Jamaican innovative educator and a TED Fellow, using his entrepreneurial skills to improve learning for Jamaican youth. Trained in mathematics and technology, Mr.Hall is passionate about teaching children about math, science and art through hands-on learning activities. Driven by a desire to build a school for his son, he formed his brainchild, Halls of Learning, which is committed to providing educational experiences equal to or exceeding international standards, regardless of background. Through after-school work-shops, summer camps and inner-city projects ranging from animation and music to robotics, their mission is to lead a learning revolution in Jamaica. Mr. Hall received his B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Sciences (1996) and Dip. Ed. in Teaching of Mathematics (2000) from the University of the West Indies and M.Sc. in Educational and Training Systems Design (1999) from University of Twente, The Netherlands. He was a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow (2006) at Stanford University, U.S.A.

Orlando Patterson

Orlando Patterson is Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and is one the world’s preeminent cultural and historical sociologists. Professor Patterson’s work has focused on liberty and freedom, among other areas, and he has made influential and lasting contribution to our understanding of the history, role, and development of these values in western culture. Professor Patterson’s ideas have profound implications for the development and strengthening of democratic systems. Professor Patterson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received many prestigious awards including the National Book Award. He is a public intellectual who is frequently published in the opinion pages of the New York Time and the Washington Post and is a regular guest on PBS. Professor. Patterson received his B.Sc. in Economics from the University of London and his Ph.D. in Sociology at the London School of Economics in 1965. Professor Patterson was born in Jamaica.

Organizing team


New York, NY, United States
  • Nigel Clarke
    Team member
  • Marty Hillis
    Team member
  • Jonthan Gosse
    Website assistant