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Tech Leaders Top the Bill for TEDxGlasgow

Chloe Henderson


Leading figures from Scottish businesses are set to converge in the capital next month for the fifth annual TEDxGlasgow event.

The official theme for the conference, which will take place at the SEC Armadillo on 2 June, is ‘Lead or Follow,’ and will be explored and discussed by delegates from across the UK.

It is expected to attract record crowds of over 1800 attendees, who will be asked to share their thoughts on leading and following in today’s society.

The event is intended to showcase the very best, and most current, ideas generated in Scotland and more specifically Glasgow, in the hopes of bringing about systematic change.

“Glasgow is a city of contrasts, from dire mortality rates to a recognised future city,” Curator and Founder Gurjit Singh Lalli said. “TEDxGlasgow is a catalyst and convener of ideas worth doing that will have both a local and global impact.

“Our aspirations are for the people of Scotland to showcase and support their innovative word and to bring fresh perspectives from around the world which will make our country a better place for now and for generations to come.”

The event will feature a diverse collection of speakers representing organisations including Facebook, the BBC, The Data Lab, and Gravity.

The full line-up features presentations from; Richard Browning, Jonah Jones, Dr. Liberty Vittert, Quentin Sommerville, Kerry Daynes, Bob Keiller, Lee Craigie, Jessie Pavelka, Helen Sang, David Eustace, Dr. Jane Bentley, Dr. Graeme Malcolm OBE, Janice Kirkpatrick, Gillian Docherty, Helen Minnis, Theo Priestley, Hannah Taylor, Wafa Shaheen, and Jamie Cooke.

Speaking to DIGIT after the line-up was announced, Theo Priestley said: “It’s an honour to be selected to speak at such a large TED event in Scotland, especially sharing the stage with such a distinguished line-up. As a format, TED still stands out as the foremost event where the most forward thinking ideas are shared, and questions posed about our humanity.”

Theo Priestley

His presentation entitled, ‘Would you be happy to follow a robot leader?’, will explore the implications of allowing AI into our lives, and whether we will ever accept robots in leadership positions in business and politics.

Theo added: “I’m really looking forward to discussing how artificial intelligence is going to lead us into a new frontier, and the ethics we have to consider to embrace it.”

Gillian Docherty, CEO of The Data Lab and recent winner of the Digital Technology Awards’ CEO on the Year, will deliver a talk exploring life in 2037 through the eyes of her daughter.

Gillian Docherty

It will examine how technological innovation will have revolutionised how we live and socialise, looking at artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing and other technology.

Speaking to DIGIT, she said: “I am very honoured and excited to be selected to talk at TEDxGlasgow. The team at TEDxGlasgow always manage to put on an outstanding event with a great mix of speakers and a breadth and depth in the audience you do not see in other events. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to share some of my thoughts with the audience and also enjoy the other speakers and activities on the day.”

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Chloe Henderson

Staff Writer - DIGIT

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