Posted on Thursday 7 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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In what could be his only appearance on the same bill as Snow Patrol, Simon Hamilton MLA has been confirmed as a speaker at the TEDxStormont event.

Finance Minister-designate Simon Hamilton MLA has been announced as the latest speaker for the TEDxStormont event taking place at the end of the month, joining Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody on the bill.

The event which takes place in the iconic Parliament Buildings on 28 March 2013 is organised along the theme of “imagine” with speakers looking forward to imagine the kind of future we could have together as a society in Northern Ireland and beyond.

TEDxStormont will feature leading thinkers from such diverse fields as technology, science, entertainment, visual and performance art, politics, music and education, speaking for up to 18 minutes on an idea worth spreading. More speakers will be announced in coming weeks.

Explaining why he has chosen to get involved, Gary Lightbody said: “I’m a huge fan of TED and I’m honoured to be asked to speak at TEDxStormont. TEDx is a globally respected concept and fosters great innovation through the people it provides a platform to. I’m in a cast of quite awe inspiring individuals and truly looking forward to it”.

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to ‘ideas worth spreading’. Started as a four day conference inCalifornia25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for up to 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available free at

In November 2012, TED surpassed a billion video views. TED Talks are being viewed at a rate of 1.5 million times a day — which means that a new viewing commences 17 times a second.



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