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TEDxExeter: 2018

Exeter’s local ideas festival with global reach

A day of inspiring talks, connection and action

Friday 20 April 2018

Exeter’s leading ideas festival is back for the seventh year, bringing you another exceptional line up of speakers who are changing the world through their groundbreaking work and ideas.

The sold out event will address worldwide issues from the economy, environment and business to human rights, mental health and communication, under the overarching theme ‘Connect’.  Their talks will inform, challenge and entertain and encourage the audience to connect with each other, reflect on the day and turn inspiration into action.

TEDxExeter 2018 will take place at the Northcott Theatre and will be simultaneously streamed to a live audience in the University of Exeter’s Alumni Auditorium. To meet exceptional demand to be part of the day, the talks will also be live streamed widely, including public screenings at the RAMM, Exeter Library and Exeter Phoenix and there are many more viewing parties already planned across the UK and around the world.


We’re sold out but..

You can still be part of the day by attending one of our public livestreams or hosting a viewing party – we’ll announce more details in the coming weeks so please watch this space or sign up for updates. 

What people said in 2017:

“I’m still buzzing from TEDxExeter last Friday – and can’t wait for TEDxExeter 2018.”
“They’ve done it yet again TEDxExeter was breath-taking.”
“An incredible day @TEDxExeter Thank you for sharing so many new perspectives, ideas and stories from truly inspirational speakers.”

Friends of TEDxExeter

This year we have offered some special Friends of TEDxExeter tickets to help us further our mission to share great ideas and to maintain our focus on inclusivity and community.

As a thank you for their generosity, we have offered an enhanced ticket to TEDxExeter 2018 including:

  • An invitation to our evening launch event at RAMM – a great opportunity to meet people at the heart of TEDxExeter including some speakers, sponsors, supporters and our team
  • On the day we’ll invite Friends of TEDxExeter (during a break in the programme) to have their photo taken on stage on the famous red dot by our professional photographer for your personal use and memories
  • We’ll invite them to join some of our speakers, sponsors and team for a glass of fizz at the end of the day to celebrate the culmination of this fabulous event

For more information on how to join the Friends of TEDxExeter, please join the TEDxExeter mailing list.

TEDxExeterSalon 2017 More info »

Artificial intelligence, pop culture and online privacy were just some of the subjects explored in our first, tech-themed, TEDxExeterSalon. You can now watch the talks, which give insights into the latest developments in machine learning, how games are being used to understand complex problems like climate change, and the fundamental differences between artificial intelligence and the human brain.

TEDxExeter 2017: HOPE More info »

Our 2017 conference took place on 21 April at Exeter Northcott Theatre and the Alumni Auditorium. Over 900 people gathered to hear our inspirational speakers share their ideas and HOPE for making the world a better place. You can see our talks here: 

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TEDxExeter talks have been 10 million times. Out of 400 TEDx talks picked since TED started, 9 of them are from Exeter. Here are our talks on TED.com to date.

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