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The weekend’s Formula E-Prix has been deemed a huge success and as Lauren Coles discovered, Monaco has once again delivered a sustainable, fun and educational event that was accessible to all.
Zoom! Whiz! It sounded like something out of the Jetsons. Speeding by like spaceships were today’s fastest electric vehicles. But unless you were right up next to the tracks, you didn’t hear a thing.
“You can’t hear the engines! During Formula One Grand Prix you need to wear earplugs sometimes because it’s so loud,” said Beausoleil resident Victoria Mikhaltsova. “These race cars are so quiet!”
There was even a rumour that companies added sound effects to the vehicles because they were so quiet, as crowds expected more sound from such a grand racing event.
Monaco’s community came together in welcoming and educating the world about how speed and sustainability can go hand in hand. A highlight of the event was the Allianz eVillage, which was free and open to the public. There were exhibitors showing electric vehicles, paper helmets for kids to enjoy, and even a video game space where people could try an electric racing vehicle simulator.
With the eVillage giving many local universities a stock of free tickets to give away, this area was especially welcoming for students. Drivers gave autographs twice during the day and families enjoyed exploring the amazing scenery, all while learning about the latest electric vehicle technology. There were even Formula-E mascots, happy to give hugs and take pictures.
In the grandstands, people of all ages donned their best Monaco memorabilia as they cheered on the drivers. It was not a close race, as winner Jean-Eric Vergne was about 50 seconds ahead of other drivers for the whole of the competition. Monaco resident Felipe Massa, driving for Venturi, came in third place for his first Formula E podium. Prince Albert awarded the winning drivers.
After the race, the Allianz eVillage was filled with joy and music. In front of the Heineken bar and food stand, run by Star’n’Bars, was a large stage where English band The Boy Racers played until dark. Then a DJ took the stage. The crowd was dancing, waving flags, and celebrating.
The event was evidence of Monaco’s continued effort to promote sustainability and change for our environment. But more importantly, it showcased the Principality’s welcoming nature and commitment to providing accessible family fun for all.
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“I’m very happy with the outcome," Nazanine told Monaco Life. "The speakers, the team, the partners and everyone did an amazing job. It was above my expectations and I’ve already heard of some new connections that were made.
Nazanine also commented, "The town is buzzing about the talks and many who attended the event have already sent us really wonderful messages. I’m very lucky to have the team that I have, without them, this day wouldn’t have been possible.”The afternoon flew by, as several people wearing TEDx badges commented during the two networking breaks, unsurprising really when engaging presenters can make complex topics and technologies easily palatable and utterly captivating. “This year’s TEDxMonteCarlo shows the diversity of talent and ideas our Principality has to share with the rest of the world," said Marco Antonio Orsini, President of Monaco-based IEFTA – the International Emerging Film Talent Association. “What struck me most was the age of participants on and off stage. Our future generation of leaders and policy shapers were there in full force. That is encouraging!” [caption id="attachment_25002" align="alignnone" width="640"] Pierre Frolla, four times World Record holder in free and variable weight diving and Ambassador of Princesse Charlene Foundation.Photo: Ece Kusman[/caption] The diversity in performances was perfectly punctuated, for example, by the juxtaposition of the hauntingly beautiful artists Ride the Clouds playing their partly-improvised song followed by security specialist Sascha Kunkel explaining how to stay safe in the face of rampant terrorism. “I’m not saying anything you haven’t already heard, you can achieve anything you put your mind to,” commented Emily Rolfe, who at the age of 16 completed the 250km Marathon des Sables, billed as the world’s toughest footraces. However, Emily was not the youngest speaker at Saturday’s event, this title fell to the incredible Fiorina Berezovsky. At just 10 years of age, the youngest participant at the last Chess Olympiad in Azerbaijan can declare “Checkmate!” in five different languages. [caption id="attachment_25000" align="alignnone" width="640"] The captivating and hilarious Dr Ernesto Sirolli who’s TedX talk in 2012 has been translated into 35 different languages and viewed nearly 3 million times.Photo: Kaidi-Katariin Knox[/caption] For Steve Gale of Gale Force Computing in Monaco – who is also one of 49 people to complete all ten editions of the Nice-Cannes Marathon on November 5 – Saturday was his first time attending a TEDx event. “For me the TEDxMonteCarlo conference made for a fascinating day. I knew several of the subjects, such as cybersecurity, desert running and robotics, would be right up my street. What surprised me was how interesting the talks were on subjects normally outside my realm. It's good to widen one's horizons." One audience member, who resides in Toronto, summed up the power of the TEDx community when he told me he chose to re-direct his Toronto-Ireland flight via Monaco specifically to catch TedXMonteCarlo. Kudos indeed from a discerning TEDx fan. I can’t help but agree: I’d definitely go out of my way to catch next year’s TEDxMonteCarlo. Article first published November 13, 2017.