TEDx is coming to a Dublin secondary school for the very first time. The High School, in Dublin 6, has secured the prestigious licence from the global innovation platform, and will run the first secondary school TEDx conference on Saturday April 18th, from 12-4pm. The conference is being organised by two teachers, Eoghan Keegan and Sarah Garnett, and seven pupils.
The organising team comprises of fourth and fifth year students Alannah O’Reilly, Kate Hunter-Hanley, Jason Cosgrove, Aela O’Flynn, Grainne Dowling, Abigail Nolan and Ellen Galvin. The media team, responsible for recording the event on the day, is made up three other fifth year students – Kirsty Leith, Conor Ryan and Ethan Jones.
The external speakers are:
- Mary Aiken, Director of the RCSI CyberPsychology Research Centre
- Colm O’Gorman, founder of One in Four, former senator, and current executive director of Amnesty International in Ireland
- Arthur Godsil, Educationalist and former Headmaster of St Andrews College, Blackrock
- Dr Gary McDarby, CTO of Fifth Province Ventures and Co-founder of Camara
- Jillian Godsil, past pupil of the school and former European Parliament candidate
- Jane-Anne McKenna, Director of Médecins Sans Frontières, Ireland
- Niall Harbison, founder of ‘Lovin’ Dublin’.
- Mark Griffin, junior doctor, writer and director.
- Lucy Masterson, co-founder of Hireland and Director of Innovation at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
- Chupi Sweetman-Pell, Irish jeweller and entrepreneur.
There will also be five student speakers, who completed auditions within the school to speak at the event. Those speakers are Ifedayo Akinsuli, Ben Scallan, Jack Scollard, Emily Clinch and Sarah Webb. Their topics will cover sport, science, feminism and sociology.
Founder Keegan commenced teaching at The High School five years ago and has extensive experience in national and international event management and participation through his experience with the European Youth Parliament, between 2005 and 2009. He has also been involved with international sessions of the Model United Nations, since joining the school.
The genesis of the TEDx conference came through the TED-Ed Club which Keegan set up after attending a summer course in the Innovation Academy in UCD. “The TED-Ed club proved an interesting platform to introduce students to TED. It gave them the opportunity to research and present their own ideas in a variety of formats. However, it did not take long before students wanted to take the next step and organise their own conference. We formed a committee before Christmas and have been working towards the conference ever since. It is a very exciting challenge and we are confident this will be the first of many,” says Keegan.
Principle Andrew Forrest praised the team for securing the licence. “We are very proud to be the first secondary school in Ireland to undertake this challenge,” he said. “We look forward to this becoming a regular fixture in the school’s calendar.”
Tickets are limited to 100 people and are sold on first come first sold basis, costing €15 for adults and €10 for students. They are available through the official event’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The videos will be posted online after the event.