TEDxExeter 2018 Connect LogoTEDxExeter: Connect

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.


TEDxExeter – Salon

Saturday 7 October 2017

TEDxExeter’s first Salon to explore cutting edge technology

Leading researchers from Google and Amazon will be sharing the latest developments in artificial intelligence at the first TEDxExeter Salon.

Tickets are due to go on sale next week for the hotly anticipated event in October, which will explore how technology meets the real world.

The Salon follows the sell-out TEDxExeter ideas festival in April. It will bring together speakers from academia, the arts and innovative companies to discuss how technology is transforming our lives in ways that are exhilarating yet often controversial.

They will be sharing insights into how machines are teaching themselves to understand their environment, and how tech can reveal the collective consciousness – or hive mind – of large groups of people.


TEDxExeter: HOPE

Friday 21 April 2017

TEDxExeter is back for a 6th year. We’re bringing another exceptional group of speakers and performers to Exeter to share their work, vision and hope with us. We’ll gather over 900 people on the day to share inspiration and explore ways of turning hope into action and making a positive difference in our lives, our communities and ultimately our world.

Live at the Exeter Northcott Theatre
Simultaneous Livestream at Exeter University’s Alumni Auditorium

Both audiences will join together in the breaks to meet each other, our speakers, sponsors and groups making a difference locally. Lunch and refreshments are included in the ticket price.

TEDxExeter 2016 Dandelion

TEDxExeter 2016 – Dreams to Reality

The fifth year of Exeter’s leading ideas festival, featuring an exceptional line up of speakers who are changing the world through their groundbreaking work and ideas. Their talks informed, challenged, entertained and encouraged the audience to connect with each other and turn inspiration to action.
View the programme »
Read the speaker and performer biographies »

On 15 April 2016 we held our live event once more in Exeter Northcott Theatre, and for the first time a livestream in the nearby Alumni Auditorium. We also made the livestream publicly available, and people and groups from around the world tuned in and created their own conversations.

TEDxExeter 2015 – Taking the Long View Relive the day »

We aimed to take the long view back into the past, and explored how it has shaped the world we now live in. We wanted to ask about what responsibilities the past places on us in the way we live now and how we innovate. Much current political, economic and personal decision-making is rife with short-termism. So we also took the long view into the future, and asked how it can reveal and help us to understand the challenges that face us now, and shape the way we live and the decisions we make.


TEDxExeter 2014 – Ideas Without Frontiers Relive the day »

At TEDxExeter 2014 our speakers and performers connected us with other worlds. Our talks exposed corruption in big business, shared effective approaches to tackling social inequality and gave a voice to those whose human rights are under threat. We explored the impact of fast changing technologies on all our lives. We journeyed through fire and forest to frozen landscapes. We were challenged to consider worlds of extremes, cutting edge controversies and risky opportunities.


TEDxExeter 2013 – Living the Questions Relive the day »

In Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote: “I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

In TEDxExeter 2013, we explored how to live the important questions facing us in all areas of life, including money, business, prosperity, sustainability, the environment, childhood and old age, community, society, science.


TEDxExeter 2012 – Sustainability and Our Interconnected World Relive the day »

The first ever TEDxExeter featured 13 outstanding speakers including Satish Kumar, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and TED curator Chris Anderson, and riveting performances from Kagemusha Taiko drummers and the Grand Bard of Exeter Jackie Juno. The day was packed full of inspirational ideas, hope for the future and challenges to actions which will lead to a more peaceful and sustainable world.