TEDx Hackney Salon
Saturday 18th August, 11am-5pm
Registration at 11am, sessions 12pm sharp till 5pm
Shoreditch Town Hall
380 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT
Theme: Local Heroes
Happening, hip and vibrant, Hackney is a home to many radical individuals who have heroically transformed this borough of London into one of the most exciting and uber cool places on Earth. We have chosen the theme of Local Heroes for our TEDx Salon, as part of TEDxHackney on Saturday 18th August and have an incredible line up of speakers on the day.
Dan Beaumont is one of the owners of the internationally renowned queer dance bar Dalston Superstore as well as being an in-demand DJ, house music obsessive, local radio host and occasional writer. He launched Dalston Superstore in 2009 which has been credited by some as spearheading development in the area. in 2011 he was named as one of the Evening Standard's 1000 most influential Londoners.
Designers Paul Smyth and Andrew Merritt are co-founders of "Something & Son" the design agency behind FARM:shop, an experimental Hackney shop that grows and sell's food throughout the building. Andy & Paul chart the journey of FARM:shop from simple idea and a derelict building to a sustainable business which is changing the way we grow and eat food in the city.
Kaffe Matthews is a pioneering composer and sound artist who works live with things and places
worldwide to make new electro-acoustic music for wide ranging audiences. Violin, theremin, star
maps, desert stretched wires, NASA scientists, hammerhead sharks, melting ice in Quebec and the
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra have all contributed to a growing body of work for sites such as
concert halls, audio bicycles, public spaces and the human body. She received a BAFTA in 2004 for
Weightless Animals and in 2006 a Distinction, Prix Ars Electronica for Sonic Bed_London. She is an
Honorary Professor of Music at the Shanghai Music Conservatory, directs sonic furniture project
music for bodies, and has been releasing solo works on the label Annette Works since 1996.
Currently she is completing "The swamp that was.." a roaming bicycle opera with timelab and SMAK,
Ghent and just opened 3D shark piece "You might come out of the water every time singing" at the
Image credit: PoppyBerry
Arriving in Dalston from Jamaica, he established the Four Aces in the old Dalston Theatre building in 1966 with a seemingly endless list of performers who came to sing and play at the club, including Bob Marley, Billy Ocean, Desmond Dekker, Madness, Prince Buster, Ben E. King, Percy Sledge, Jimmy Cliff and the Slits. Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan were known to drop by for a dance, when in town.
Femi Adeyemi is the founder of online independent radio station - NTS. Femi launched NTS in Dalstons, Gillet square in April 2011 and since then has spearheaded the station rapid growth and popularity not just in London but worldwide. NTS was named one of the top music businesses of the year 2011 by Dummy magazine.
Shawnee Keck has worked with organizations in communities from Cuba to India and across the public, private and non-profit sectors. An American in London for eight years, her research and policy focus is local economic growth, adaptive government, and inequality. Her UK projects include co-produced services designed with NEETs, an audit of local government and community sector partnership and a sustainable economic development strategy for the regeneration of Battersea Power Station. As a Policy Advisor for Hackney Council, Shawnee reports on labor market, business and property trends and leads on the Host Boroughs economic forecast.