TEDxExeterSalon 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 on sale 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.

Speakers will include:

  • Raia Hadsell, research lead on robot navigation and lifelong learning at Google DeepMind;
  • Alasdair Allan, scientist, author, hacker, and journalist;
  • Simon Johnson, who uses games, play and agency to help people understand complex subjects;
  • Neil Lawrence, who leads Amazon Research Cambridge, where he is a director of machine learning;
  • Sabine Hauert, who is a professor in robotics who’s research focuses on engineering swarms across scales, from trillions of nanoparticles for cancer treatment to thousands of robots;
  • John Robb, who is an acclaimed music journalist and singer.

We are thrilled to be welcoming this exceptional group of speakers to our first TEDxExeterSalon event this year. 


Tickets are now sold out, but you can still be a part of the first TEDxExeterSalon

Tickets are now sold out for the Barnfield and Exeter Phoenix, but still available for the RAMM.

Alternatively, you can sign up to host your own Livestream or you can watch live.

Claire Kennedy, founder and curator of TEDxExeter, said: “Building on our work over the past seven years creating Exeter’s Festival of Ideas, we’re delighted to be working closely with the team at the Met Office’s Informatics Lab to bring exceptional speakers in the fields of data and tech to share their cutting edge thinking with a wide audience in Exeter and beyond.”

The TEDxExeter Salon is happening over the same weekend as LOST WEEKEND, a new three-day festival of music, art, ideas and technology.

The Salon takes place at the Barnfield Theatre on Saturday, October 7, from 9.30am to 1pm. Tickets will include access to music events taking place during the weekend.

There will be simultaneous livestream events at the Exeter Phoenix’s Studio 74 and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.

TEDxExeter’s 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 nearby Alumni Auditorium, where the event was streamed live.
Thousands more people were watching the live stream at gatherings across the city and in more than 50 countries around the world.
Talks from the first six TEDxExeter events have so far been viewed nearly 15 million times.

TEDxExeter is a not-for-profit event organised by a team of volunteers and made possible by support from sponsors, including local businesses.

Since TEDxExeter started in 2012, nine talks from the event have been chosen to feature on the main website – a distinction achieved by only 400 talks from independently organised TEDx events around the world.


Thank you to our sponsors for our Salon event: