Eight months in the making and lovingly handcrafted by a core team of digital multimedia movers and shakers from in and around Bordeaux (the Aquinum network), this year’s TEDx event was the second to be held in the city. The format is a local take on the TED (for Technology – Entertainment – Design) concept initiated in the 1980s in the US: a series of short, dynamic keynote talks about “ideas worth spreading”. TED-branded events combine live speakers and video presentations to “spark deep discussion and connection” according to the official literature. The locally-organised “TEDx” events are independently-run while adhering to worldwide TED guidelines.
|This comfy red armchair on stage
was used precisely once.
|Above left: a deserved standing ovation for the organisers. Top right, lead organiser François-Xavier Bodin opens proceedings. Bottom right: a shower of red X’s rain down on keynote speaker Sandrine Pacitto Mathou.
|Beatboxer Beasty raising the roof.
Finally, the most electrifying contribution was that of local luminary Beasty, regarded as one of the most talented human beatboxes in the world. During his slot, which used live samples of his eclectic palette of vocal sounds to illustrate the history of hip-hop and beatboxing, the audience was on its feet and for a few minutes the lecture theatre became an urban concert venue. Take time out to check out videos of Beasty’s beatboxing skills on the internet. If you can hook up the sound to industrial-sized speakers and invite a few hundred friends along to holler and clap along, then you’ll have an idea of the incredible atmosphere that took hold of the TEDx crowd.
About the author: Tim Pike, whose day job is corporate journalism in the aerospace sector, is an Englishman who runs Invisible Bordeaux, a website which lifts the lid on many of the lesser-known sights and stories in and around the city, touching on local history, architecture, infrastructure and customs. He can also be found on Twitter.