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TEDx Glasgow Awards – Shortlisting the Very Best ‘Ideas Worth Doing’

TEDx Glasgow Awards – Shortlisting the Very Best ‘Ideas Worth Doing’

Sam Moore

As one of TEDx Glasgow’s partner organisations, we were delighted to host the shortlisting of the final candidates for the first ever TEDx Glasgow Awards. From a list of thirty eight qualifying ‘Big Ideas’, TEDx Glasgow had the tough initial job of selecting just ten to take forward to their panel of judges. Those judges then had the even tougher job of selecting just two candidates as finalists!

The day consisted of a three minute ‘elevator pitches’ from each of the shortlisted ten candidates on their ‘Big Idea’ to the panel of six judges, followed by Q&A sessions and some intense debate. The range of ideas was extremely impressive, covering all manner of industries and sectors. Some were clever business innovations, others were social and mobility products, with a noticeable trend in many pitches towards promoting sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The wide spectrum of candidates really spoke to the core idea of the TEDx Glasgow Awards – ‘Ideas Worth Doing’.

My own role in this event was to play host to the candidates, making sure that everyone had everything they needed for their three minutes of fame. It was a big opportunity to pitch to six such prestigious judges, so everything on the day really needed to be perfect allowing the candidates to focus solely on their pitches. Thankfully everything went off without a hitch, and although a few nerves were evident in the ‘green room’ no one suffered any noticeable stage fright! For me it was a real pleasure to get to know these inspiring people and hear their stories. Everyone had a real passion behind their Big Idea, and I was moved by some of the dedication and enthusiasm on display. This experience just reinforced my belief that great ideas can (and do) come from anywhere, from any walk of life and any background. All they need to flourish is the right audience and a little luck! The judges had their work cut out for them, narrowing the field down to only two!

Ultimately a decision was made, and the two worthy finalists, Phil Grady and Tracey Howe, will now progress to TEDx Glasgow on 2nd June, where they will pitch their Big Ideas to the full crowd of 1,800 attendees. You can read about their exciting projects here. It will be the crowd who decides the overall winner, with a simple vote on the day for one or other of the finalists. I’ll be there to cast my vote, and will be wishing both Tracey and Phil the very best of luck!

Tickets for TEDx Glasgow 2017 are on sale now. The theme this year is ‘Lead or Follow’, and the full list of speakers has just been announced.

Organisations interested in becoming a partner with TEDx Glasgow can find out more information here.

Sam Moore
Legal Technologist

LChalmers