The Art of the Possible
5th April at the Exeter Northcott Theatre
We’re thrilled to reveal the theme and speakers for TEDxExeter 2019 - our eighth annual ideas festival.
This year our speakers will explore issues from the potential of AI to solve global challenges to human rights, ocean optimism and social mobility, under the overarching theme The Art of the Possible.
Tickets are sold out but anyone who missed out will be able to watch the day online or at FREE drop in livestream events at RAMM and Exeter Library, with more viewing events to be announced soon
There are also private livestream events being planned by organisations across the city and beyond. Why not organise a livestream event at your workplace or with friends?
If you would like to host your own livestream of TEDxExeter 2019, please register with us to receive full details.
The event is in 13 days' time.
Ciara EastellCiara Eastell is chief executive of Libraries Unlimited, a charity which runs 54 libraries across Devon and Torbay. One of few librarians to have been honoured with a statue, Ciara is also a national council member of Arts Council England and an advisor to the British Library. She believes in the power of arts, culture and creative industries to benefit civic and community life.
Jess LeighSince joining Plan International UK's youth advisory panel at the age of 15, Jess Leigh has worked on a number of campaigns to give girls an equal chance in life and spoken in the House of Lords about issues facing girls in the 21st century.
Izzy Clarkson & Jess PepperellIzzy Clarkson is an apprentice administrator with local NHS organisation NEW Devon CCG. She is on the regional and local youth boards for the National Citizen Service. Izzy also enjoys skydiving.
Jess Pepperell is studying Travel and Tourism at Exeter College, and is a member of the local youth board for the National Citizen Service. She loves travelling and exploring new cultures.
Lee Elliot MajorLee Elliot Major is Professor of Social Mobility at the University of Exeter and chief executive of the Sutton Trust. His book, Social Mobility and Its Enemies, calls for radical reforms to address Britain’s low social mobility.
Naimah HassanNaimah Hassan is a founding member and programme director of Global Media Campaign, a non-profit organisation which aims to end FGM.
SK ShlomoRecord-breaking beatboxer turned electronic singer-songwriter SK Shlomo has collaborated with Ed Sheeran, Bjork and Damon Albarn. His debut solo album is Surrender.
Steve SimpsonSteve Simpson is a marine biologist, fish ecologist and self-confessed ocean optimist. His main focus is on impacts of global change - including climatic warming, ocean acidification and noise - on fish, fisheries and marine ecosystems. Steve’s work on bioacoustics, including fish communication and soundscape mapping, was featured on Blue Planet II.
Thore GraepelThore Graepel is a research group lead at Google DeepMind and chair of machine learning at University College London. His research into artificial intelligence has helped to develop systems used by Xbox Live and Bing. Thore recently contributed to creating AlphaGo, the first computer program to defeat a human professional player in the full-sized game of Go.
Kat McHaleKat McHale is a public health doctor and mother of three young children. In October 2018 she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
June O'SullivanJune O'Sullivan MBE is Chief Executive of the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), a social enterprise which currently runs 37 nurseries across eleven London boroughs.
An inspiring speaker, author and regular media commentator on Early Years, Social Business and Child Poverty, June has been instrumental in achieving a major strategic, pedagogical and cultural shift for the award winning London Early Years Foundation, resulting in increased profile, new childcare model and stronger social impact over the past ten years.
As CEO and creator of the UK's leading childcare charity and social enterprise since 2006, June continues to break new ground in the development of LEYF's scalable social business model. She remains a tireless campaigner, looking for new ways to influence policy and make society a better place for all children and families.
Alex KenmureAlex Kenmure is head of business development at GoodGym, a community of runners that combines getting fit with doing good.
Lucy ClaytonLucy Clayton is curator and co-host of the Dress: Fancy podcast, exploring the social significance and psychology of people in costume. Her career in fashion has taken her from Next to New York and, more recently, Community Clothing, a social enterprise with a mission to sustain and create jobs in the UK textile and garment manufacturing industry.
Hannah Barham-BrownHannah is a GP trainee, disability advocate and member of the British Medical Association Council. In 2018, she was named one of the UK's 100 most influential disabled people on the Shaw Trust's Disability Power 100 List for her work in medicine, politics and the media.
Alexander BettsAlexander Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at the University of Oxford. Having previously worked for the UNHCR, he serves as a councillor on the World Refugee Council and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. His TED talks have been viewed by over 3 million people.
Chris TurnerChris Turner is a consultant in emergency medicine at University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire. He founded and runs Civility Saves Lives, a campaign that aims to raise awareness of the power of civility in healthcare.
Kate SalmonKate Salmon is an applied scientist at the Met Office, where she uses weather and climate data to help decision-makers plan for climate change. She was part of Row for the Ocean, the fastest all-female team to finish the 2018 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The crew set up Plastic Free Exeter, which aims to make Exeter the UK's largest 'plastic-free' city by 2020.
Harry Baker and Chris ReadWe are thrilled to welcome Harry Baker back to TEDxExeter. Harry first appeared at TEDxExeter in 2014 and his fantastic performance " A love poem for lonely prime numbers" has been viewed over 1.5 million times on TED.com - you can watch it here.
This year Harry is perfroming with Chris Read. Harry and Chris are childhood friends turned comedy-rap-jazz pioneers. A World Poetry Slam champion and an internationally celebrated jazz musician, the duo have sold out three runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with subsequent tours bringing light, love and laughter to a world that needs it more than ever.