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The University of Nottingham

The Event

2014 sees our second annual TEDx event here at UoN. On Sunday 6th April at the Business School South, we’ll be inviting 12 speakers and 3 performers to share their ideas with our 400 person audience. The day will be packed with great ideas, food, activities, workshops, interactive experiments, film, music, dance and creativity. Check out our social media channels to keep tabs on our plans!

The Community

TEDx events are all about community and bringing together people from a huge range of backgrounds and experiences. Our international and diverse team are keen to engage local schools and charities in the event and we are working closely with students at Nottingham Trent to create a series of spin-off salons in the run up to Sunday 6th April.

The Legacy

Our event is just the starting point to the TEDx ethos. From there we’ll look at hosting more regular meetups, TEDx Salon events and Actions. We’ll also engage with the wider TEDx community by participating in TEDx Live events and other collaborative efforts, and keep building our society which has grown rapidly in its first year of affiliation with the University.



Our Speakers


We will be inviting 12 speakers to speak for 12 minutes each and 3 performances throughout the day as well. 


Over the coming weeks we will share ideas for each person throughout our social media and give sneak snippets of what they are planning to share with the audience. 


The Tickets


Our ticketing has now opened! 


You can purchase tickets for TEDxUoN through our ticketing page or via the button below. 

The Venue

Our fantastic venue for this year’s event is the Business School South on Jubilee Campus. It’s been the home of several great conferences in the past, but nothing quite like TEDxUoN 2014. 


It’s easily accessible by public transport, with ample free parking for anyone travelling via car. 


The Team

We’re always looking to build our team. We’re a very grassroots society and anyone with enthusiasm and passion for sharing ideas is always welcome!


Head over to our facebook group to check out the latest events, or send us a message if you want to get involved in creating this year’s or future events.






About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED- like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event.


The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Edinburgh, UK.


TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.


For more on TED, check out some of their talks on, and follow their updates at:

• @TEDTalks on Twitter

• TED on Facebook

also, for information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit



09:45 – 10:15


10:15 – 11:30

Session A

11:30 – 12:00


12:00 – 13:00


Session B

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:15

Session C

15:15 – 15:45


15:45 – 17:00

Session D


Business School South, University of Nottingham

Based on the Jubilee Campus, the Business School South is one of Jubilee Campus’ most striking buildings.


The main event will be held in the largest lecture theatre on campus, with room for 400 attendees on Sunday 6th April.


The building also hosts several smaller rooms where break-out activities will be held throughout the day. With stunning views of Jubilee Lake and an outside terrace overlooking the campus, it  is the perfect venue for TEDxUoN 2014. 


Our ticketing is  now open!


 At just £7, our tickets not only give you access to TEDxUoN 2014, but also lunch, drinks and snacks throughout!


For the price of a few cups of coffee, you can experience an amazing event on your doorstep.


Click the button below to get yours now.




My ideal TEDx speaker for a Jubilee Campus event

Author: iain, Posted On: March 12th, 2014, In: Our Thoughts

Let me just set the scene. It’s the early industrial revolution in the United Kingdom – the centre of vast empire with tea from China, exotic spices from India, and sugar from the Caribbean. Yet despite being able to build a vast empire, goods are still manufactured by hand and moved at the same speed man had been going millennia. Isambard Kingdom Brunel changed Britain in that respect and indeed the world forever.


Perhaps his greatest engineering achievement was the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. This 412m metre long structure spans the gorge the River Avon runs through, one of the widest gorges in the UK. Structures such as the Clifton suspension bridge sped up transport in the UK and contributed to the rapid economic development of the UK. Another one of his innovations was building on the success of the railway concept pioneered earlier on in the century. This again allowed an even faster movement of goods and people around the UK.


What is interesting however is why he chose to engage in such demanding feats. Brunel wasn’t only an engineer he was also an artist. The mock-Egyptian gives an interesting twist to what could have been quite a boring design on the Clifton suspension bridge. The idea of using engineering devices clearly exposed to define the character of a structure also preluded the high tech movement within in British architecture. The philosophy of the high tech movement is to use devices contributing to the building’s design as elements that define the buildings style, you’ll see such designs incorporated into structures such as Terminal 5 at Heathrow designed by Richard Rogers and Gherkin designed by Norman Foster.


One of the other key members of the movement was Michael Hopkins the founder of Hopkins Architects who designed Jubilee Campus for the University of Nottingham, where TEDx UoN 2014 is being held. In buildings such as the Atrium restaurant you’ll see the exposed roof braces are clearly designed to add to the character of the space. The distinctive silver structures on the roofs of buildings such as the Exchange and Business School North give the buildings character through their very function to channel air down through the buildings to allow for natural ventilation.


Without structures such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Maidenhead Railway Bridge whose wide arches to accommodate large river traffic contribute to the beauty of the structure, the high tech movement may have never happened. Isambard Kingdom Brunel like many other great people continues to inspire the world even if we don’t quite realise it, and that’s why Isambard Kingdom Brunel would be my ideal TED speaker. Now only if he was still alive…




Why we need TED

Author: iain, Posted On: March 10th, 2014, In: Our Thoughts

The reason why we need TED is that TED lies on the intersection between technology, entertainment and design. TEDs mission is to inspire future generations to excel in themselves and change the world for the better. If TED was to be summed in one of its own talks it could be summed up in the words of Simon Sinek.


In 2010 Simon Sinek spoke at TED about why leaders are able to lead and inspire others. The Wright Brothers in 1909 made the first powered flight, although the flight was less than the wing span of a Boeing 747 in marked an immensely important moment for invention. The Wright Brothers were competing against better funded teams they were the first ones to do it. So why were the Wright Brothers the first to do this? In codifying such achievements by leaders Simon Sinek found something he calls the golden circle consisting on three questions why?, how? And what? Leading to the inspiration and ability to make such achievements possible. Simon Sinek goes onto to suggest people buy into the why rather than the how. 


This what TED is all about buying into the why? It would be easy to put a speaker on a stage and talk about the how? However it’s the why? That’s makes the difference. If you have ever watched Dragon’s Den you’ll see the Dragons are inspired to invest when given a good argument and business proposition based on the why? Rather than the how. TED inspires its audience by presenting the why? In a cognitively and sensory stimulating environment.


It’s often suggested the recipe for success are the human and physical capital available, however TED presents the real recipe for success be inspired by the why? Apple is multibillion dollar company because they are inspired by making great products which is why they do what they do, they just happen to be highly successful because of that ability to inspire giving them a massive following.


At TEDx UoN we aim to inspire the next generation of Nottingham students to go out and do something insanely great.


Lawrence Haslam

Bringing TEDx to Campus

Author: joanna, Posted On: November 29th, 2012, In: Our Thoughts

Universities are teeming with brilliant minds. Students are often young and optimistic, and have the academic intelligence to challenge and improve the way we live. Equally, TEDx brings together people who question, challenge, and rethink the world we live in. Continue Reading

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