John Wilkins, Mologic’s External Affairs Manager, was asked to speak at a TEDx event at Bedford School earlier this week.  John gave a scientific innovation case study on sniffer bees.

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.   The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

At TEDx events, a screening of TED Talks videos – or a combination of live presenters and TED Talks videos – sparks deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

For the Bedford School TEDX event there were 3 live speakers and 2 video clips:

  1. Dr Llewellyn Thomas (Imperial College London Business School) – Understanding digital ecosystems (Amazon, eBay, Wikipedia)
  2. Jill Bolte Taylor – My stroke of insight http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html
  3. John Wilkins – Scientific innovation case study: Sniffer Bees (Insense & Inscentinel Ltd)
  4. Adam Spencer – Why I fell in love with monster prime numbers http://www.ted.com/talks/adam_spencer_why_i_fell_in_love_with_monster_prime_numbers.html
  5. Sheridan “Shed” Simove – The Rules of Creativity (Shed is a novelty item designer & best-selling author, e.g. “What Every Man Thinks About Apart from Sex” – 200 blank pages – and birthday candles that spell YOU’RE OLD).

The event was very well attended and everyone enjoyed the diverse range of talks presented that evening.

John