All TEDxEASTEND 2017 talks on one page

How emoji replaced QWERTY as the world’s most popular keyboard | Jeremy Burge

They have been around in various forms since the 1990s, yet emojis can sometimes be a mystery. How did this obscure Japanese creation make its way to every single phone in the world?

Jeremy Burge has spent the past four years of his life documenting emoji changes. From the addition of foods, sports and animals to the overhaul of skin tones and better representation of women, this universal set of pictographs has grown considerably over time. Many key decisions from companies and individuals have had a profound affect on the way we communicate today.

Jeremy Burge is the founder of Emojipedia and creator of World Emoji Day. He is also a member of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, which is responsible for reviewing requests for new emoji characters.

Letters Out Loud | The Ministry of Stories

Young people from the Ministry of Stories read some of the letters written as part of their Letters Out Loud project, reclaiming the art of correspondence in the digital age. Hear letters to other budding writers around the world, friends and family and even their future selves.

The Ministry of Stories is a community writing and mentoring centre in east London, where young people aged 8-18 come to discover their own gift for writing. In an imaginative space, the organisation supports and inspires young people to write through a range of innovative storytelling and writing workshops that empower imaginations and help build confidence, self-respect and communication skills.

A powerful poem about the refugee experience | Babak Ghassim and Usama Elyas

Imagine not being a citizen of any country in the world. Photographer Greg Constantine shares photographs and personal stories from his ten-year project Nowhere People documenting the world’s ten million stateless people. In this compelling talk he highlights the impact this radical and devastating global human rights issue has on the lives of people all over the world and the role photography has made in exposing this dark element of the human condition.

An internationally acclaimed and celebrated independent documentary photographer, Greg’s most recent project is ‘Nowhere People’ which documents the struggles of stateless ethnic communities across the world, building upon his extensive contribution to highlighting human rights and social issues through the power of photography and ultimately sparking debate and change amongst the public and policy makers.

The corner shop and the truth about immigration | Babita Sharma

The Corner Shop – an enduring British institution but do we really know what happens on the shop floor? BBC Journalist Babita Sharma, herself the daughter of shopkeepers, reveals how the corner shop shines a spotlight on Britain’s immigration story and how the image of the Asian shopkeeper has been used a political weapon of choice for decades.

Babita Sharma is a Journalist and Presenter for the BBC World News. She is also the presenter and co-author of Booze, Beans & Bhajis: The History of the Cornershop, which was aired on 19th December 2016 on BBC Four.


Making a million at 16 | Dhillan Bhardwaj

At 16 years old, Dhillan Bhardwaj launched Ratchet Clothing, made over one million pounds in his first year and even got invited for tea with the Prime Minister. Speaking from the heart, Dhillan’s witty story of self-discovery stresses the importance of never allowing any obstacle to hold us back. Breaking from tradition may have seemed radical for some, but this was the catalyst that allowed Dhillan to find himself and fulfill his dreams.

Self-made entrepreneur with a larger-than-life personality, Dhillan Bhardwaj is the owner and founder of Facebook’s largest independent clothing brand, Ratchet Clothing. Using clothing as a way to celebrate diversity and to express himself, Ratchet Clothing turned over a million pounds in its first year of startng.

Lost in the numbers: The story of young migrants | Emmanuel Opoku

Emmanuel Opoku’s life took an unexpected turn when he realised that despite living in the UK since he was 9 years old, he would not be able to take up his place at university. Meeting the Let Us Learn campaign, he now raises awareness of the unjust situations migrants across the world face. His talk calls for those seeking change to be the catalyst for the change they want to see.

Emmanuel Opoku was born in Ghana and moved to the UK when he was 9 years old. Growing up in Hackney, east London has instilled in him a great appreciation for community and diversity. He joined the Let Us Learn Campaign in 2014 and as a part of the Schools Team, Emmanuel gets the opportunity to speak in schools and raise awareness about the the aims of the campaign and to shed light on the injustice being experienced by migrants in the UK.

Grime, the silent feminist revolution | Rasheeda Page-Muir

Modern feminist thinking has often focused on the liberation of women. But what about emancipating men from patriarchal domination? Maybe rap music is paving the way for such a revolution?

Rasheeda Melesse Page-Muir is passionate and madly in love with her community of Greenwich, south-east London, where she was born, grew up and lives. The complexity and diversity all around her has greatly informed her political views. Rasheeda founded RevolYOUtion London, a debate platform for young people, to engage in social and political discourse. She regularly writes and performs poetry and is passionate about public speaking and destroying social injustice. She secretly wants to change the world!

Music and social conscience | O’Hooley & Tidow

So O’Hooley & Tidow perform two of their most popular songs ”Made in England” and ”Like Horses”.

O’Hooley & Tidow are regarded as ‘one of British folk’s mightiest combinations’. Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of heart. Their latest album, Shadows is the follow-up to groundbreaking album The Hum, both albums earning them places in Mojo’s Top 10 Folk Albums of 2014 and 2016 respectively.

How blockchain technology can help build a transparent future | Diana Biggs

One of the most exciting aspects of blockchain technology, the disruptive innovation capturing global attention, is its potential as a tool for transparency. In the talk, you’ll learn what a blockchain is and how this technology, powered by open innovation, can bring increased transparency to supply chains, voting, registries of ownership and financial services.

Diana Biggs is a thought leader in blockchain technologies and has been actively involved in the ecosystem since 2013. Her work in blockchain includes venture building, strategic advisory, research and executive education, covering a variety of use cases including payments, healthcare and supply chain. She is the Industry Engagement Advisor for the University College London’s Centre for Blockchain Technologies and her work was recently published in Springer Publishing’s Banking Beyond Banks textbook (2016). A recognised fintech expert, Diana has been named one of the top 25 fintech influencers in the UK by CityAM (2015 and 2016) and on Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech Powerlist 2016. She is a Women’s Patron for global microfinance network FINCA, a mentor at Gaza Sky Geeks and is a frequent speaker on the use of technologies, such as blockchain and digital currency for social good.

Bonkers bonking: three stories of strange sex | Alix Fox

AmandaJournalist and sex educator, Alix Fox takes us on a wild ride through some of the oddest things people have ever told her about their intimate lives during interviews, and explores the science and psychology behind them. Learn why orgasms can smell of doughnuts, how insects can be used in S&M play and what life’s like when you’re born with two vaginas.

(This talk contains graphic descriptions and is aimed at adults. Viewer discretion advised.)

Alix Fox is a multi award-winning journalist, broadcaster and sex educator. She presents the Guardian‘s hit sex and relationships real-life storytelling podcast, Close Encounters, and answers listeners’ most intimate enquiries as an X-rated agony aunt on magazine-style show The Modern Mann. Her writing can be found in Marie Claire, Vogue, Grazia, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Time Out and more. In addition to working as Sex & Relationships Expert for Durex, Alix often collaborates with Brook, a sexual health advisory and is currently working together with Brook and MPs to improve sex education in schools.

Why your actions don’t always define you | Tom Boon

This talk is an authentic account of Tom’s personal journey of battling with mental illness. His mission is to use his story to encourage people, especially young men, to be honest about how they feel. And to spread the idea that there can be more to us than what we present to the world.

When Tom was 14 years old, he had an experience that dramatically influenced the direction of his future. He went from being a fun-loving, laid back teenager to abusive and violent over night. Everyone, even those closest to him, labelled him as an “aggressive teenager”, but, unbeknownst to them, he was suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Tom is now 22, and a lot has changed in the past 8 years. He works for Raleigh International, a sustainable development charity, where he delivers talks across the United Kingdom to inspire young people to use their passion and energy to create lasting change overseas. As well as working full time, he studies part-time through the Open University.

The therapeutic value of the overview effect and virtual reality | Annahita Nezami

Annahita’s talk highlights how dysfunctional societal systems can feed the darker sides of human nature and in turn impact mental health. She stresses that the role of psychologists should not merely focus on individual well-being but the well-being of entire societies. Annahita suggests Earth gazing is a deeply meaningful experience that can elicit powerful emotions, motivate positive attitudinal and behavioural change and can help us reconsider societal values. In view of this, she discusses the importance of harnessing this experience via virtual reality to promote social good.

Annahita Nezami is a psychologist with over thirteen years’ experience in mental health, with specialisations in attachment psychology, postnatal depression, personality disorders and positive technologies for mental health. Annahita has spent the last five years researching the therapeutic value of earth gazing at City University London.

Motown reimagined | The Hackney Artist Development Programme

Based on excerpts from the ADP 2016 performance of Motown.

The Hackney Artist Development programme (ADP) is a two-week summer programme for young artists aged 13-19. A company of over 50 young artists, actors, musicians, dancers, singers and rappers work alongside a team of top industry professionals from the UK and the USA to devise, compose, write, choreograph and perform their show on the Hackney Empire main stage. These two weeks of intensive support and guidance will endeavour to continue to platform the ideas, opinions and voices of the future.

Bass Monk | Renell Shaw

This amazing performance brings together songwriter, musician and producer, Renell Shaw, renowned composer and touring session drummer, Kaz Rodriguez, and Nathan ”Flutebox” Lee, who incorporates his dynamic trademark fluteboxing simultaneously playing the flute.

Renell Shaw presents “Bass Monk” is a project that reflects his personal philosophy and way of experiencing life and music. Inspired by discovering the original meaning of the word Kung Fu (Gong Fu), which referrers to any skill achieved through hard work and practice, Renell created the Bass Monk project and applies this concept to all aspects of its creativity.

Robots are not human, even if we want them to be | Kerstin Dautenhahn

Empathy towards robots is commonplace in modern society and it is not surprising that the most common trajectory envisaged is to make machines more human-like in appearance and behaviour. In her talk, Prof. Dr. Kerstin Dautenhahn debates this issue and stresses the importance of widening our imagination beyond the obvious to unlock the true potential of robotics.

Kerstin Dautenhahn is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire. She has pioneered research in social robotics and human-robot interaction.

I’ve learnt the most about climate change from those who deny it | George Marshall

Activist and communicator George Marshall has spent his life campaigning for action on climate change. He’s done a lot of yelling but over the years he has discovered that listening to those you disagree with can be even more important. George takes us on a hilarious and insightful journey of speaking to the unusual suspects – from climate change deniers to Tea Party local activists. In a time when the world faces widening divisions, George shares what he has discovered to be the secret power that can come from listening to those with differing views.

George Marshall is the founder of Climate Outreach and is one of Europe’s leading experts in climate change communication, advising governments, campaign organisations, trades unions and faith groups. Over the past 28 years he has worked across the environmental spectrum – from grassroots protest groups to senior positions in Greenpeace and the Rainforest Foundation. George writes widely on climate change issues and has written two books on our personal behaviour toward climate change and the reasons for our collective denial.