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TEDxExeter 2018: Connect

Exeter’s local ideas festival with global reach

A day of inspiring talks, connection and action

Friday 20 April 2018, the Northcott Theatre, the Alumni Auditorium and online

We’re living in an age of polarity where many communities are feeling more and more divided and the consequent insecurities are evident in so many areas of modern life.
Then there’s the paradox of digital hyperconnectivity – we can be ‘connected’ 24/7 yet loneliness is endemic.
All of this against a backdrop of increasingly populist politics which rather than seeking to bridge these polarities, risk dividing us even further.
But, as Jo Cox MP said in her maiden speech to Parliament, ‘We are far more united than the things that divide us.’
So this year we have chosen to focus on making connections and building bridges.

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.

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 Exeter Library and there are many more viewing parties already planned across the UK and around the world.

Coming along this year to Exeter Northcott Theatre or the Alumni Auditorium livestream? Find out more about the day arrival times, travel instructions and lots more here.


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 or sign up for updates. 

Feedback from 2017:
“Has made me feel stronger mentally and more determined to help others.”
“Keep doing what I am doing, with more gusto. Be more compassionate to others.”
“They’ve done it yet again TEDxExeter was breath-taking.”

“I’m still buzzing from TEDxExeter last Friday – and can’t wait for TEDxExeter 2018.”
“It have giving me a new angle and perspective on the way I view certain aspects in life… it has reminded me how we are all only human and we should just be a supportive, caring community to each other and I believe more people need to learn this.”
“An incredible day @TEDxExeter Thank you for sharing so many new perspectives, ideas and stories from truly inspirational speakers.”

TEDxExeter 2018 speaker announcements

Dawn Faizey Webster is a postgraduate researcher at York University, currently researching a PhD in Architectural History, having completed a More »
Vicki Culpin is currently Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Ashridge Executive Education, part of Hult International Business School, having More »
Farrah Storr is the award-winning editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. She took over the brand in 2015 where she was tasked with reimagining it More »
Patrick Grant is a regular media commentator on fashion, clothing and textiles. After leaving a career in engineering, he took over as director of More »

More speaker announcements will be made here and follow us on Twitter @TEDxExeter.

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: 

Most watched TEDxExeter talks All talks »

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.