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TEDxExeter: 2018

Exeter’s local ideas festival with global reach

A day of inspiring talks, connection and action 

TEDxExeter 2018 LIVE at the Exeter Northcott Theatre
A day of inspiring talks.

Friday 20 April 2018 – All day conference (12yrs+):

Registration 8.30am
Conference 9.15am – 5.30pm 

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 1 December 2017

Live in Exeter Northcott Theatre Sold Out
Simultaneous broadcast in the Alumni Auditorium, University of Exeter £25
Friends of TEDxExeter tickets, including invitation to launch event, photo on the TEDxExeter stage and invitation to post event reception £150 

Once again this year we’ll gather both the livestream and live event audiences together in the University’s Great Hall during the breaks to meet each other, our speakers, our sponsors and groups which are making a real difference.

Both audiences will come together in the University’s Great Hall for delicious refreshments and lunch (all included in the ticket price).

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.

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.

Demand for TEDxExeter tickets is huge and growing. Last year tickets sold out in a record 16 minutes.

What people said last year:

“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’re offering 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.

To thank you for your generosity, we’ll offer you 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 you (during a break) to have your photo taken on stage on the famous red dot by our professional photographer for your personal use and memories
  • And at the end of the event we’ll invite you to join some of our speakers, sponsors and team for a glass of fizz to celebrate the culmination of this fabulous day.

For more information and full programme announcements please join the TEDxExeter mailing list.

TEDxExeter Salon 2017

Watch talks from tech themed TEDxExeterSalon online now

Artificial intelligence, pop culture and online privacy are just some of the subjects explored in six enlightening new talks released by TEDxExeter.

Videos from the first TEDxExeterSalon are now available to watch online, following the sell-out event at the Barnfield Theatre in October.

The talks – which can be found on the TEDx Talks YouTube channel – include 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.

Total views for talks from previous TEDxExeter events now stand at nearly 17 million.

The six talks just published on You Tube – each lasting around 15 minutes – are:

The coming privacy crisis on the Internet of Things, by Alasdair Allan, scientist, author, hacker, and journalist;

Artificial intelligence, video games and the mysteries of the mind, by Raia Hadsell, research scientist on the Deep Learning team at DeepMind;

Engineering swarms to solve global problems: From robots to nanoparticles, by Sabine Hauert, Assistant Professor in Robotics at the University of Bristol;

Playing with complexity: From zombies to climate change, by Simon Johnson, co-director of Bristol-based games company Free Ice Cream;

Living together: Mind and machine intelligence, by Neil Lawrence, Professor of Machine Learning at the University of Sheffield and founder of Amazon Research Cambridge;

Pop culture and technology: The shock of the new, by John Robb, music journalist, singer and founder of The Membranes.


The TEDxExeterSalon took place at the Barnfield Theatre on Saturday, October 7, and was broadcast live to the Exeter Phoenix’s Studio 74, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and a large screen on Exeter’s Cathedral Green.

The release of the talks comes as tickets for TEDxExeter’s 2018 ideas festival are due to go on sale via the Exeter Northcott Theatre box office at 10am on Friday, December 1. This year’s event sold out within minutes, and demand is again expected to be extremely high. Tickets for the live event at the Exeter Northcott on Friday, April 20, will cost £75, with tickets for the simultaneous livestream in the university’s Alumni Auditorium costing £25, including lunch and refreshments.

Claire Kennedy, licensee and curator of TEDxExeter, said: “We were privileged to bring together an exceptional group of speakers who are carrying out groundbreaking research in technology which is transforming our world.

“Feedback from those who attended the TEDxExeterSalon has been overwhelmingly positive, with audience members describing the talks as ‘thought provoking’, ‘fascinating’ and ‘mind expanding’.

“We’re really excited that our speakers’ ideas are now being shared with a global audience around the world.”

TEDxExeter is a not-for-profit event organised by a team of volunteers and made possible by support from sponsors, including local businesses. TEDxExeter’s 2017 annual ideas festival in April was attended by a combined audience of more than 900 people in the Exeter Northcott theatre and Exeter University’s Alumni Auditorium. Thousands more people were watching the live stream at over 180 gatherings in more than 50 countries around the world.

TEDxExeter 2017: HOPE

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 to date.

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John Robb was born in Blackpool, fired by the punk rock DIY ethic he put together his legendary cult band the Membranes. At the same time he started More »
Sabine Hauert is Assistant Professor in Robotics at the University of Bristol in the UK. Her research focusses on engineering swarms across scales, More »
Simon Johnson is a game designer who specialises in enabling people to play in real, social spaces. He designs experiences to amaze, exhilarate, More »
Neil Lawrence leads Amazon Research Cambridge where he is a Director of Machine Learning. He is on leave of absence from the University of Sheffield More »