Nazanine Matin first brought TEDx, the non-profit “Technology, Entertainment and Design” conference, x = independently organised TED event – to Monaco with the university TEDxIUM in June 2014. Then last year, she hosted TEDxMonteCarlo at the Grimaldi Forum, where the day long independently-organised event captivated a sold-out audience of four hundred.
The Licensee and Curator’s ambition for TEDxMonteCarlo has always been about inspiring the community. “I hope to connect people and start new conversations. I hope to bring together CEOs and students who share the same passion. I hope new friendships will develop. I hope to drive change if an idea inspires the attendees,” Nazanine told Monaco Life.
1. Giving back to the community. Axel Hoppenot, SBM’s Director of Sales & Marketing and long-time supporter of the TED movement, has volunteered his time to sit on the Board for two years now.
2. Learning from others. One of the TEDxMonteCarlo 2016 participants was so moved to tears by the other speakers that she was one of the first people to buy a ticket this year.
3. Making new friends. 2016 TEDxMonteCarlo Advisory Board member Andrew Gallagher of Moore Stephens and a Norwegian entrepreneur that met at Nazanine’s TEDxIUM event on June 2014 and have been friends and riding their bikes since then. Since then, the Norwegian achieved the dream he had written on his TEDx badge.
4. Connecting with local companies. Making an impact. MOBEE, Monaco’s car-sharing service, partnered with TEDx last year and were blown away by the “how big a deal” the event was in terms of networking. They were the first to email TEDxMonteCarlo about collaborating again in 2017.
5. Getting the younger community involved. One of the youngest volunteers from last year’s TEDx, a pre-teen whose father was a speaker at TEDxIUM in 2014, stayed the latest to help and worked non-stop. She and her friend were also the first to sign-up again for this year.
6. Working with other non-profits. Christiane Cane of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation attended in 2016, and the Foundation has been very supportive this year with their Ambassador Pierre Frolla agreeing to speak.
7. Meeting business leaders. Alejandro Agag, Formula E CEO, a speaker at TEDxMonteCarlo 2016, helped to create a new window for people in the outside world to see Monaco in a fresh and innovative way.
8. Reaching students. One Advisory Board Member received a text message from a 2016 TEDxMonteCarlo volunteer whose young son, a Monaco student, was completely blown away by what he had seen across the day and felt compelled to share this.
9. Bringing in new faces. The stage designer, whom Nazanine discovered at TEDxLausanneWomen and brought to Monte-Carlo, not only designed the TEDxMonteCarlo stage last year and again this year, but is also collaborating with some of the team members on their projects.
10. Bringing Monaco together. The social media campaign – #SnapASelfieTEDxMonteCarlo, #LicenseToKnow and #TEDxMonteCarlo – connected “a Monaco friend of a Monaco friend”, furthering the chain of six degrees of TEDxation.
“Sparking new conversations, connecting with your community, and becoming a part of the TEDx family … come and see for yourself what TEDxMonteCarlo is all about,” Nazanine Matin said. “You might take a step closer to achieving one of your dreams.”
There are a limited number of tickets, €88, or €50 for students, available online. Contact Nazanine Matin about sponsorship packages. Article first published November 4, 2017.