Vita Squad. Backstage at TEDxNewcastle
When I was asked to cover another TEDx event for Vita, this time in Newcastle, I was super excited. Having had an amazing time at the Liverpool event in June I couldn’t wait to hear all the speakers, and their unique ‘ideas worth spreading’.
On Saturday morning Victoria and I arrived at Sage Gateshead, a popular Newcastle concert and conference venue. We were immediately struck by the huge queue of people waiting for their TEDx access bracelets. After we collected our own passes we entered the venue and eagerly awaited the first of the days talks. We certainly weren’t disappointed!
The biggest surprise of the day come from Andrew Szydlo. An internationally acclaimed chemistry teacher, Andrew delivered a short and captivating talk packed full of experiments which demonstrated basic chemistry rules. Ending his performance with an on-stage explosion, he was awarded a standing ovation from the audience.
Another memorable talk was delivered by BBC Newcastle radio host – Alfie Joey, who opened his talk with a number of voice impressions before describing the different career paths he had pursued over the years as a comic, actor and cartoonist. He explained how we shouldn’t be afraid to change lanes in life and write our own rules. It was a talk that opened my eyes and reminded me I should be constantly aiming to learn new skills.
Lunch came around and we headed backstage to conduct our interviews with the speakers. Having already covered one TED x event I felt much more prepared and comfortable this time around. We spoke with Tech Entrepreneur, Elizabeth Clark, who shared her experience and advice for succeeding in business. Our interview with Elizabeth was followed by Sleep Coach, Nick Littlehales who explained the direct correlation between good sleep habits and a successful life. We also spoke to two other speakers who were very inspiring!
Without a doubt, TED x has become my favourite type of event to cover. The knowledge shared by the mixture of different personalities from a variety of fields is so inspiring and I look forward to covering more events in the future. Stay tuned!