Chip Yates at Bonneville Salt Flats in September 2011 *Creative Commons photo by Robert Ussery
Chip Yates at Bonneville Salt Flats in September 2011 *Creative Commons photo by Robert Ussery

The organizers at TEDx have announced a few more speakers including the world’s fastest electrical pilot Chip Yates.

Yates plans to pilot the custom craft along Charles Lindbergh’s epic 3,600-mile route in 2015.

There are a few more new speakers on the list also. Whether you are into the magic of mind control or record-breaking electric motorcycle there is always something new to learn at the annual Tedx conference.


The final line-up of international and local speakers has been released for Saturday’s TEDxBermuda event at the Fairmont Southampton.

Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley, Bermuda’s Ombudsman Arlene Brock and Chip Yates, holder of 16 electric vehicle speed records, have been added to the roster.

Organisers have also added a free-entry wrap party after the event at Wickets in the hotel. There is a cash bar and dinner is $50 per head, bookable until October 15 through General entry to the main event is $75.

The final speaker list is:

Jeremy Gilley: Peace One Day—the Journey

Gilley recounts how what started as a documentary film project turned into a successful movement to have one day every year designated a global day of peace. Not only is the journey inspiring, but the results to date are staggering, with billions of people hearing themessage of peace each September 21.

Chip Yates: World’s Fastest Electric Pilot

Yates is the builder and pilot of the world's fastest electric motorcycle and the world’s fastest electric airplane. He and a few volunteer engineers have racked up an incredible 16 electric vehicle world records and have teamed with the US Navy on his vision for a long-range transatlantic plane that will be recharged mid-air by flying UAV battery packs. Yates plans to pilot the custom craft along Charles Lindbergh’s epic 3,600-mile route in 2015.

Arlene Brock: A Matter of Fact

Bermuda’s Ombudsman shares insights about providing workable and equitable solutions for challenging problems: the process and diligence used to gather enough facts to truly make an informed decision against a backdrop of emotion and influence.

Jinichi Kawakami: The Art of Ninjutsu and the Spirit of the Ninja

Kawakami—known as “The Last Ninja”—explodes the Hollywood myth and explains the roots of Ninjutsu, from self-defence and magic to ecology and mind control. Born in Wakasa district, Fukui prefecture, Japan in 1949, he learned and trained Koka-Ryu Ninjutsu from six years old and mastered Shinobinoden Ninjutsu. He is now called “The Last Ninja” as the head of Banke Shinobinoden. Kawakami claims to be the last soke and only heir to the art of authentic Ninjutsu and has been the honorary director of the Iga Ryu Ninja Museum in Iga, Japan, since 2002. In 2011, he was appointed a professor at Mie University to study andpromote Ninjutsu at the university’s research cooperation centre. His book Illustrating and Explaining the Art of the Ninja is published by Nittoshoin.

Robert Lustig: Personal Responsibility—The Elephant in the Kitchen

The health dangers of sugar and its link to Type-2 diabetes and the global obesity epidemic

Lustig is Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the author of many articles on childhood obesity, including the recent “Obesity Before Birth.” He is the author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease, the e-book, Sugar has 56 names: A Shopper’s Guide, and the forthcoming Fat Chance Cookbook. He is also president of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition, a think-tank devoted to improving the global food supply.

Hip Hop Fundamentals: Teaching Physics Through Breakdance

Using breaking (the oldest and most exciting form of hip hopdance) to teach high-level academics. Including teaching philosophies, dance style—and some mysteries of particle physics in a theatrical and interactive presentation.

Hip Hop Fundamentals are represented by three members of Philadelphia’s Repstyles Crew: Steve “Believe” Lunger, Bermudian Mark “Metal” Wong and Aaron Troisi. Lunger and Wong began designing hip hop lecture demonstrations to focus on the dynamic and thrilling dance of b-boying, also known as breakdancing. The result is a high-energy, interactive lecture and showcase that encourages youth to learn, participate and have fun.

Natalie Kuldell: Synthesizing Change With Garage Genomics

With just a rudimentary developer’s kit, anyone can engage in synthetic biology. But what will our planet look like if students, teachers and adult amateurs can easily reprogramme the living world around them?

Kuldell teaches in the Department of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is founder and president of the Biobuilder Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organisation that takes cutting-edge research projects in synthetic biology and transforms them into teachable modules that students and teachers can investigate together. Started in 2007, BioBuilder was created in response to numerous requests for synthetic biology learning materials from policy-makers, scientists and environmental groups needing to know more about the biology involved. Dr. Kuldell studied chemistry as an undergraduate at Cornell, completed her doctoral and post-doctoral work at Harvard Medical School, and taught at Wellesley College before joining the faculty at MIT.

Andrew Park: Making Visual Confectionary

How to apply tools from theatre, comedy and conversation to break down complex ideas and present them in an easy-to-understand manner.

Park—the man behind the RSA Animate animations at—graduated in fine art from the University of the Creative Arts, Kent, UK. He believes everything can be interpreted as a story. Building strong and relevant narratives for people is valuable and helps them connect and find a common language. Animation allows an audience to explore new terrain in their thinking as anything can be visualized, from tiny atoms to the widest galaxies and everything in between. He founded the visual thinking and communications company Cognitive Media in 2004. The company provides video scribing and animations for the private, public,charity and community sectors. Cognitive Media’s mission is to help people understand and communicate through the power of pictures and visual storytelling.

Bren Smith: Farming the Ocean

A former commercial fisherman’s “ecological redemption” as a blue-green revolutionary now working towards a global network of small-scale ocean farms. The low-carbon future of food, fuel and fertiliser?

Smith is the owner of Long Island Sound’s first vertical ocean farm. Called a “visionary” by Barton Seaver, director of Harvard’s Healthy and Sustainable Food Program, Smith has pioneered the development of sustainable ocean 3D farming—the vertical cultivation of seaweed and shellfish in local waters. Smith’s farm is designed to restore ocean ecosystems, mitigate climate change, and create blue-greenjobs for fishermen—while ensuring healthy, local food for communities. In 2013, Smith was chosen as an “Ocean Hero” finalist by Oceana and Future of Fish’s “Ocean Entrepreneur” of the year.

Rafael Grossmann: “OK, Glass, Get Me a Surgeon”

Using wearable and mobile technology like Google Glass and iPods to save lives

Grossmann is a general, trauma, advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgeon in Maine, and an enthusiastic medical blogger ( He routinely wears Google Glass during procedures and, practising in a rural area, believes mobile technology will save lives. His vision: to exponentially improve healthcare connectivity and communication, resulting in more efficient and intuitive, less expensive and ultimately better patient care.

TEDxBermuda sponsors for the 2013 event include: Catlin Bermuda, PartnerRe, Belco, CellOne, HSBC, KPMG, MarketPlace, RenaissanceRe, XL Group, Canopius Bermuda, Seacrest Capital and TEDxBermuda Friend Andrew Marsh. In-kind sponsors are Bacardi, Bermuda Diabetes Association, Bermuda Sun and Island Press.


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