TEDxExeter reserves space for school groups for the first time

Press release

School groups are being offered concessionary tickets at Exeter’s popular festival of ideas for the first time in 2016. The theme for next year’s event is Dreams to Reality.

The one day conference which brings together speakers with “ideas worth sharing” has been running at Exeter Northcott Theatre since 2012. This year it will have a simultaneous livestream to the nearby Alumni Auditorium, where some of the seats will be reserved for schools and colleges around Devon. Audiences from both venues will come together for breaks and lunch in the University’s Great Hall.

“This is an excellent opportunity for students to hear from people who are finding innovative ways to deal with many of the most challenging issues facing society today,” said Jackie / Claire. “While TEDxExeter’s speakers are experts in their subjects, they are also excellent at making them accessible to a general audience. Audiences come away inspired, entertained, provoked and often moved to take action themselves.

“We know how much work teachers have to do, so are keen for parents to point out this opportunity to the relevant person at their children’s schools and colleges. This offer is limited, and tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so people need to act now if they want to secure tickets.”

More information about the event and how schools can reserve seats is available from Jackie Bagnall, jackie@tedxexeter.com.

Schools that don’t manage to get tickets can organise their own lifestream event. Last year the conference was streamed for the first time on the internet, and was watched by 1,500 people at viewing parties across Exeter. These included police leaders at Middlemoor and students at schools, Exeter College and the university. Groups also watched at the library, the City Council, St Loyes and the Met Office. Individuals from 38 countries including Iraq, Swaziland and Canada also tuned in. This year TEDxExeter aims to expand this audience too.

All the talks are filmed and made freely available on the internet. So far TEDxExeter speakers’ talks have been viewed more than 5 million times. Four of them have been featured on TED.com: Karima Bennoune sharing stories of real people fighting against fundamentalism in their own communities; Scilla Elworthy speaking on non violence; Bandi Mbubi calling for fair trade phones; and slam poet Harry Baker’s love poem for lonely prime numbers…

For more information about TEDxExeter please contact Cathy Debenham, cathy@tedxexeter.com, 07786 440129. An image of this year’s theme is attached.

Photographs of past speakers and events are available for download from the TEDxExeter Flickr page. Click on individual pictures to see captions and picture credits.

Notes to editors

TEDxExeter is organised by a team of local volunteers. It is made possible by the generosity of local companies who support the event.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

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About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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