TEDx event goes ‘back to the future’

Staffordshire University is going ‘back to the future’ for its second highly anticipated TEDx event.

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Keith Brymer Jones featured in the first line-up for TEDxStaffordshireUniversity on the theme "thinking through making'

We are hopeful the theme will generate some excellent applications and ultimately reveal new ideas worth sharing.”

Professor Martin Jones, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

Staffordshire University is going ‘back to the future’ for its second highly anticipated TEDx event.

Applications are now open for TEDxStaffordshireUniversity which will take place at The Catalyst on Thursday 16 May 2024.

The inaugural event took place in February this year and featured a fantastic range of speakers including star of The Great Pottery Throw down Keith Brymer Jones, businesswoman Josie Morris MBE, and current student Sophie Jackman whose talk focused on the importance of LGBTQ representation in animation.

Staffordshire University Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Professor Martin Jones, who chairs the judging panel, said: “We were delighted to host our first TEDx event earlier this year and thrilled that TED have included the talks of all of our speakers on their global platform.

“The theme of ‘thinking through making’ sparked some excellent ideas which are now being shared worldwide.

“We are equally excited about our next event and the theme of ‘back to the future’ and we look forward to seeing how this is interpreted by those who will be pitching to be a TEDx speaker here at Staffordshire University. We are hopeful the theme will generate some excellent applications and ultimately reveal new ideas worth sharing.”

The call for TEDxStaffordshireUniversity applications is now open and will close on Thursday 1 February. To apply, potential speakers are being asked to complete an application form and send in a three-minute video to pitch the idea for their presentation. TEDx talks should be less than 18 minutes long and delivered by a single presenter to fit the theme.

Speakers will be confirmed following a meeting of the judging panel in February. Tickets for the TEDxStaffordshireUniversity main event will be made available to the public in April.

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