The event sold out in 10 minutes in November
It's the 8th time the "ideas festival" has been held in Exeter. It takes place on Friday 5th April, at the Exeter Northcott Theatre. Tickets for the live event and a livestream at the University of Exeter’s Alumni Auditorium sold out in 10 minutes when they went on sale in November.
Last night (Thursday 7th February) a special launch event was held at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum
The speakers confirmed so far are:
Ciara Eastell, chief executive of Devon-based charity Libraries Unlimited;
Dan Dicker, founder of circular design practice ashortwalk;
Jess Leigh, a member of Plan International UK’s youth advisory panel;
Apprentice Izzy Clarkson and Exeter College student Jess Pepperell, both local youth board members for the National Citizen Service;
Lee Elliott Major, Professor of Social Mobility at the University of Exeter and chief executive of the Sutton Trust;
Naimah Hassan, programme director of Global Media Campaign, which works to end FGM;
Philosopher, filmmaker, artist and author Raoul Martinez;
Beatboxer and electronic singer-songwriter SK Shlomo;
Marine biologist Steve Simpson, whose work was featured on Blue Planet II;
Thore Graepel, a research group lead at Google DeepMind and chair of machine learning at University College London;
Kat McHale, a public health doctor and mother-of-three, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2018;
June O’Sullivan, chief executive of London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) Nurseries and a regular commentator on early years, social business and child poverty;
Alex Kenmure, head of business development at GoodGym, a community of runners that combines getting fit with doing good;
Lucy Clayton, curator and co-host of the Dress: Fancy podcast
Claire Kennedy, licensee and curator of TEDxExeter, said: “We’re hugely excited about the speakers who are coming to share their ideas at our event this year. With a mix of inspirational young people and leaders in science and the arts, it promises to be another uplifting and thought-provoking day.
“Every year people around the world watch live online as our speakers take to the stage right here in Exeter. Anyone who has been part of TEDxExeter over the past seven years will know what to expect, but if you’re curious about the world around you and want to be challenged, moved and inspired, why not pop along to a livestream event or host your own?"