University of Birmingham Dubai
x = independently organized TED event

Theme: UNLOCK

This event occurred on
March 3, 2024
1:00pm - 6:00pm +04
(UTC +4hrs)
Dubai, Dubayy
United Arab Emirates

Join us for an inspiring journey of unlocking potentials, ideas, and perspectives at TEDxUniversityofBirminghamDubai. Under the overarching theme of "Unlock," we delve into the transformative power of breaking barriers, discovering new paths, and unleashing the latent potential within ourselves and our communities.

At this dynamic event, held at the prestigious University of Birmingham Dubai campus, we invite speakers from diverse backgrounds and expertise to share their unique insights, experiences, and groundbreaking ideas. From thought-provoking talks to captivating performances, TEDxUniversityofBirminghamDubai promises to ignite curiosity, spark innovation, and foster meaningful connections.

University of Birmingham Dubai
University of Birmingham Dubai
Dubai, Dubayy, 000000
United Arab Emirates
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Speakers

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Aaliyah Sacoor

BSc Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science student
The speaker, a BSc Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science student, explores the profound synergy between human creativity and artificial intelligence. Using the metaphor of 'unlocking,' the talk envisions a future where AI collaborates with artists, composers, and writers, pushing the boundaries of traditional artistic expression. The canvas of AI-generated art challenges notions of authorship and originality, inviting a redefinition of creativity. The collaboration between humans and AI, while unlocking innovative techniques, raises ethical questions regarding intellectual ownership and emotional depth. The talk navigates these challenges, presenting the fusion of AI and creativity as a catalyst for a renaissance in art, music, literature, and beyond.

Aamir Renzy Jamal

BSc Economics student
In this compelling talk, the speaker, a BSc Economics student, unfolds the concept of failure as a precious gift to be embraced. Drawing lessons from J.K. Rowling and Steve Jobs, the talk highlights failure's role in teaching valuable lessons and building resilience. Using metaphors like a baby rattle and a deflating balloon, the speaker emphasizes humility and expanded perspectives. The discussion extends to how failure sparks innovation, referencing James Dyson's perseverance. Wrapping up the metaphorical box as a gift, the speaker leaves the audience with a transformative perspective: "Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn."

Amaan Iqbal Ibrahim

BSc Psychology student
In his 6th TEDx Talk, a BSc Psychology student shares a poignant introspection of his life's highs and lows, revealing the significance of both in discovering one's Great Perhaps. He proceeds to elucidate the concept of a Great Perhaps and why it is vital to ensure a meaningful existence. He unfolds a unique formula and his own version of a Hero's Journey, to be used by individuals on their path to realizing their Great Perhaps. By weaving together triumphs and tribulations, the speaker provides insights to empower individuals on their quest for a meaningful existence. This talk serves as a guide, encouraging others to embrace life's diverse experiences as integral steps towards realizing their own Great Perhaps, all while ensuring their souls and minds are armored to face the battle both within and outside.

Ameer Alhashemi

MEng Computer Science and Software Engineering student
The speaker, an MEng Computer Science and Software Engineering student, explores the significance of theological diversity, challenging oversimplified views. Using 'unlocking' as a metaphor, the talk delves into the varied world of religious beliefs. By examining scriptures like the Bible, Bhagavad Gita, and Quran, the speaker highlights their unique contributions to spirituality and ethics. The talk emphasizes the real-world impact of theological insights on social justice, environmental stewardship, and personal development. Encouraging respect and understanding, it envisions a harmonious coexistence in a pluralistic society. Practical tips for engaging with religious texts and fostering interfaith dialogue conclude the talk, promoting a richer, inclusive understanding of the divine and human experience.

Faiza Sultana

BSc Economics student
The field of economics faces gender disparities with only 32% of undergraduates being women, according to Financial Times (2023). Systematic barriers persist for women in the profession, including higher standards and lack of credit for collaborative work. The speaker, a BSc Economics student, outlines the misconception that economics solely involves money and forecasting hinders diversity. Claudia Goldin's Nobel Prize win for her work on gender issues is celebrated for breaking gender norms and elevating the field's importance. Ideological biases impede balanced discussions on issues like inequality and climate change. The IMF suggests that boosting female labor force participation could significantly enhance emerging economies. Overall, diversifying economics is crucial for societal representation and informed policymaking.

Jayanth Venkatesan

BSc Biomedical Science student
In this vivid analogy, the speaker, a BSc Biomedical Science student, likens the human body to a vast universe of 40 trillion cells, facing a cosmic ballet between life and death. The immune system, comprised of innate and adaptive components, engages in a delicate dance of defense mechanisms against pathogens. The talk highlights the system's remarkable abilities, but underscores the risks of imbalance leading to allergies, autoimmunity, and cancer. Autoimmune diseases, affecting 80% of women, are explained through the intricate Thymus Murder University process. The speaker advocates for health awareness, volunteering, and healthy habits, urging gratitude for the intricate biology safeguarding our daily existence.

Mariam George

Influencer | Entrepreneur
In my TED Talk, I delve into the temporary nature of motivation, comparing it to a short-lived flame, and advocate for the transformative potential of building habits. I stress the idea that while motivation may provide initial momentum, it tends to fade over time. Instead, I propose focusing on habits as the key to sustainable success. I share practical steps, such as starting small, maintaining consistency, tracking progress, celebrating achievements, and understanding the cue-routine-reward loop. The central theme is a shift in mindset from relying on fleeting motivation to embracing the enduring impact of habits for a more fulfilling and successful life.

Mohammad Alsheroa

MEng Computer Science with Software Engineering
Recounting anecdotes of conquering fear, the speaker, an MEng Computer Science with Software Engineering student shares his story on we all can and should live a fearful life fearlessly. Fear can hold us back from our dreams, but it also holds the key to growth. This talk explores how embracing discomfort and navigating fear through a quantifiable way can unlock your full potential.

Nawal Fagir

BSc Psychology student
In this talk, the speaker, a BSc Psychology student, explores the detrimental impact of people-pleasing and the excessive value placed on others' opinions. The discussion traces the roots of validation-seeking from childhood, emphasizing how societal expectations can hinder personal growth. Drawing from personal experiences, the speaker shares the struggles and breakthrough moments that led to a newfound sense of freedom. The talk serves as a wake-up call, encouraging individuals to break free from the fear of disappointing others, live authentically, and pursue their dreams. It aims to inspire a shift towards a more fulfilling and authentic life in a world rife with societal expectations.

Rhea Jacobs

Entrepreneur | Model
A BA fashion Honors graduate, Jacobs began her career by being scouted as a Global Beauty Ambassador for Marc Jacobs Beauty and later went on to be featured in brands and publications in the likes Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Elle, Bloomingdales, Tiffany & co, Swarovski, Chopard and more. Jacobs was awarded the Rising star award by Cosmopolitan Middle East, listed in Emirates Woman’s top 10 creatives to follow in the Middle East, Nominated for Grazia Digital Star of the year and was also named amongst the top 100 most Influential Asians in the Middle East two years in a row. Jacobs has also actively lent her voice in renowned platforms and panels pushing forth the need for diversity, inclusivity and embracing ones individuality. Rhea’s vision is to inspire and empower our community to make selfcare a genderless and ageless household practice while bringing a simplified, realistic and accessible approach towards wellness for all.

Romana Hamilton

Education Mental Health Practitioner
In our fast-paced and often chaotic world, the quest for purpose becomes increasingly relevant. In this talk, the speaker, a mental health professional reflects on their own transformative journey in search of their true purpose. It is a story of resilience, determination, and the profound realisation that purpose is often found in the midst of life's most challenging moments. The path to purpose is rarely linear, and through trials, the speaker learns to embrace vulnerability and adapt to change, discovering that purpose isn’t a fixed destination but a constant evolution. The trials serve as catalysts for growth, pushing them beyond their comfort zones and forcing them to redefine their priorities. Drawing upon past experiences, the speaker sets to encourage others to live authentically, intentionally and enjoy the journey of life ahead.

Vipra Daswani

BSc Psychology with Business Management student
Reflecting on a near-accident, the speaker, a BSc Psychology with Business Management student, distinguishes between intention and implication, recounting an incident where frustration escalated unnecessarily. Examining the impact of judgment, the talk explores how societal factors influence reactions differently based on appearances. Drawing on Alfred Adler's individual psychology, the emphasis is on subjective experience shaping feelings and behaviors. The talk challenges the idea that trauma solely determines behavior, proposing that self-determination and future-oriented purposes play crucial roles. Ultimately, it urges a shift from dominating interactions to empathetic communication, highlighting the power individuals hold in shaping their own lives beyond external influences.

Organizing team

Adele
Matthews

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Organizer

Amaan Iqbal
Ibrahim

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Co-organizer