The student-led Technology, Entertainment and Design (TEDx) conference brought together innovative thinkers from a variety of key stakeholders to foster learning, inspiration and to provoke important conversations. It was held in the University of Bolton’s Institute of Management building.
A total of 40 students volunteered this year, helping to organise the conference, which due to its popularity was sold out in advance. Nitasha Afzal, who is studying for a BSC (Hons) in Business Management, coordinated marketing for the conference. She said, “Being part of such a huge student-led event was definitely the best thing I have ever experienced. I also had the amazing chance to introduce high-profile speakers on stage boosting my own confidence levels significantly.”
Many viewers tuned in remotely and there were 160 attendees, consisting of students, academics and members of the local community. Dr Ianis Matsoukas, TEDx curator and licensee, said: “At a university that grants students the acumen and qualifications necessary to succeed in both their careers and lives, TEDxUniversityofBolton seeks to enrich that experience outside the classroom with inspiring talks and performances showcasing talent from within Bolton and beyond.
The conference was an excellent event with superb and engaging speakers. We are supremely proud that everything people saw on the day was the work of our students. I would like to thank everyone who took part and the students who made the event possible.”
Saeed Atcha MBE DL, Bolton CEO of Youth Leads UK and Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, was one of the guest speakers and shared how he believed young people are able to make the biggest difference to today’s problems faced by the most disadvantaged members of society.
Saeed, who was raised in Bolton, said: “I grew up not far from here and was brought up on a council estate by a single mum on benefits. When I was very young, I had an experience of foster care and was placed into care once again when my mum became unwell aged 10. I was that young, somewhat disengaged person going through disadvantage. When you are from a working-class and disadvantaged background, you feel sometimes as if you don’t belong. But you can effect positive change. By those at the top being more representative of the people, great problems can be solved. We should take inspiration from young people.”