WOW_Women of the World Festival

7th March 2013, Southbank Center, London

Nelly Ben Hayoun will be speaking at the Women of the World Festival, Southbank Center, in London

See more on the festival and get tickets here

Heading for the Stratosphere

  • Date: Friday 7 March
  • Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • Venue: Weston Roof Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall

Nelly Ben Hayoun is Designer of Experiences at the SETI Institute. In 2012, Ben Hayoun assembled the world’s first International Space Orchestra (ISO) composed of space scientists from NASA Ames Research Center, SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), Singularity University, and the International Space University. Here she talks about her methods and results, working against all odds,
and the highlights of this cosmic-sized work.

Australian lawyer and company director Cheryl Bart and daughter Nikki Bart made history when they became the first-ever mother-daughter team to reach the summit of Mt Everest. Upon reaching the top, they also became the first mother-daughter duo to complete the Seven Summits: the highest peaks of every continent in the world. Cheryl talks about ‘mind over mountain’, and the particular challenges of being a woman whether balancing work and children to training and expedition life – and argues that everyone should attempt a mountain.

WOW – Women of the World festival 2014

Join us for a packed weekend that both celebrates the incredible achievements of girls and women, and looks at the most potent topics for women today. Featuring voices from around the world and stories from your neighbours.

Previous WOW festival speakers have included Julie Walters, Alice Walker, Gordon Brown MP, Naomi Wolf, Shami Chakrabarti, Bridget Christie, Ruby Wax, Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Malala Yousafzai, Ahdaf Soueif, Angélique Kidjo and many more.

WOW – Women of the World covers everything from politics, science to war, power, the personal and the public. We discuss whether women need to reclaim the internet along with hundreds of other subjects suggested by you in the WOW Think-ins – large open meetings where the festival is planned.