Launching TEDxExeter 2016

Last night TEDxExeter spent a night at the museum, as RAMM opened its doors for the launch of our 2016 event.

Our sponsors and other friends joined the team for an evening of hospitality, good conversation, a celebration of how far TEDxExeter has come over the past four years, and an introduction to the speakers and ideas we are looking forward to hearing at TEDxExeter 2016 in April.

Photos by Matt Round. More are available in the full set on Flickr. The images can be downloaded under Creative Commons, but they still require acknowledgement as © Matt Round/TEDxExeter. Projection was provided by Stage Engage.

Here is the list of speakers and performers for TEDxExeter 2016. There is more information about each, and a photo, in their biographies.

Abbie McGregor is a Exeter College student who, aged just 16, has wowed judges from TEDxExeter with her talk Remember to Dream. Alan Smith is data visualisation editor at the Financial Times. Alex Holmes is head of the anti-bullying campaign at The Diana Award. He was bullied himself at school and won a Diana Award for tackling bullying in his school. Anna Frost is an ultrarunner and an ambassador for SisuGirls. Cormac Russell is managing director of Nurture Development, the leading Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) organisation in Europe, and faculty member of the ABCD Institute in the US. He works with local communities, NGOs and governments in four continents. Danny Dorling is professor of geography at the University of Oxford. He was described in a Guardian editorial as “that rare university professor: expert, politically engaged and able to explain simply why his subject matters”. Deeyah Khan is a critically acclaimed music producer and Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary film director, highlighting human rights, women’s voices and freedom of expression. Fi McNae is co-founder and CEO of Space Doctors, taking cultural and semiotic techniques into branding and corporate communications. Giles Duley lost both legs and his left arm after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan, and is an award-winning photographer of conflicts across the world. Lindsay Levin is founder of Leaders’ Quest and Leaders’ Quest Foundation working with corporate management and NGOs to bridge divides – between cultures, perspectives and opposing voices. Muhammad Manwar Ali is chief executive of Muslim educational charity JIMAS and one of the few scholars in the UK who has been directly involved in Jihad. Marcus Lyon is a renowned British artist with an international outlook and reputation. He is also a committed social entrepreneur. Matt Harvey was first official poet-in-residence at the Wimbledon Championships, has been widely commissioned and is a familiar voice on Radio 4. Pragna Patel is a founding member and director of the Southall Black Sisters advocacy and campaigning centre, and has written extensively on race, gender and religion. Usman Haque trained as an architect and has created responsive environments, interactive installations and dozens of mass-participation initiatives worldwide. He is founding partner of Umbrellium. Zia Nath practises the sacred dances of ancient Indian and esoteric Sufi temples, and has presented her dance show Sufi Splendour at many festivals and events.

At the launch event, our organiser Claire Kennedy celebrated our previous speakers and performers, and how TEDxExeter has widened its reach and made an impact on many lives.

Over the past four years we have had some superb speakers. In the photo below, there are postcards of most of them, overlooked by a painting of what must have been a TEDxExeter-style speaker a few centuries ago.

We heard from previous speakers Satish Kumar and Matthew Owen about what TED and TEDxExeter have meant to them and their work, and from sponsors Karime Hassan from Exeter City Council, Robert Camp from Stephens Scown and Roger Wilkinson from Wilkinson Grant & Co about why they are supporting us. It is only through them and our other sponsors that we can bring TEDxExeter to the people of Exeter and the world.

So here is a mosaic of photos of our speakers and performers on the red dot, and behind the scenes, to celebrate five years of TEDxExeter.

Photo mosaic by: tedxexeter @ Mosaically