Challenge yourself, Challenge your view, Change the World
The long awaited TEDxUniversityOfManchester is back with an exceptional lineup of speakers on Saturday 25.03.2016. Our theme this year is “Dare to Disrupt?”. Disruption is a vital catalyst for change - possessing the power to both innovate and destroy. The origin of this theme derives from the ability to challenge the norm and go beyond ordinary expectations through disruption, achieving extraordinary results and unprecedented change. Almost every innovation - disruptive or not - begins life as an idea, and an idea is just an idea until execution. So, do you Dare to Disrupt?
Our one-day conference will be immersive and engaging, bringing a diverse roster of speakers from different disciplines, professions and educational backgrounds. We aim to attract bright individuals who have pioneered in their fields to come inspire, share and provoke conversations that matter from a wide range of subjects.
Manchester is home to in excess of 85,000 students. This is beneficial to the greater mission of TED, to share ideas that can change the world, and the reach of our sponsors.
TEDxUniversityOfManchester is an all-volunteer not-for-profit group, licenced by TED and created in the spirit of the TED conference and its mission, “ideas worth spreading”. TEDxUniveristyOfManchester is a brand-new yearly conference in its second year running and offers interactive, immersive experiences for all participants from speakers to attendees. We aim to bring bright individuals who are pioneers in their fields to come and inspire, share and provoke conversations that matter from a wide range of subjects. TEDxUniversityOfManchester will present a day long multidisciplinary conference championing great ideas, bringing together engaging speakers, performers, participants and exhibitors to examine the 2017 theme “Dare to Disrupt?”.
TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “Ideas Worth Spreading” at local levels. These self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event. The program is designed to give communities, organisations and individuals the opportunity to simulate dialogue through TED-like experiences. At a TEDx event, TEDTalk videos and live speakers are combined to spark deep discussion and connection. The TED conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised. TEDx organisers are not hosting events for reasons like monetary reward or personal gain. They are doing so because they truly believe in in the power of ideas to change the world. TEDx events are open source, local and community-driven events that inspire innovation, thought, leadership and visionary insight.
** Announced Each Day all this Week **
Chief Executive, Oxfam GB
'A Disruptive Approach to Ending Global Poverty'
Mark brings the issues faced by the world's poorest people to a global stage, meeting high level government and business leaders, urging them to act against poverty. As Chief Executive he manages Oxfam's programme work across the world, and the organisation's annual income of £400m, 5,000 staff and thousands of volunteers in the UK and overseas.
Psychologist and Psychodermatology Expert
'Psychodermatology: More Than Skin Deep'
Dr. Linda is a Chartered Counselling and Health Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the BPS. During her 14 years as a Chartered Psychologist, she has gained extensive experience. She was recently included in the Top 20 therapists in London by the Evening Standard and awarded the Madame Figaro Women of the Year Award in 2008.
Personal Branding Coach
'Personal Branding from the Inside Out'
Malcolm Levene teaches people how they can significantly improve their life-skills, business skills and their businesses by developing their very own Personal Brand. Prior to being a full time Personal Branding coach Malcolm was known as a Personal Style expert. His clients included Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, Michael Marks CBE and Michael Gove MP. He offers his extensive experience as it relates to enabling people to attain their goals, maintain focus and be highly effective in their day-to-day interactions.
Chief Evangelist, Realities Centre
'Hacking the Brain: Unlocking the Power of NeuroVR'
Learner, maker, systems thinker, innovator, technology enthusiast and #ladyhacker. Luciana Carvalho is a former Cambridge Law, Harvard and International Business grad turned tech super-geek, dedicated member and organizer of Code First Girls, SheWorx, Women of Wearables, VR Manchester and Women in VR UK. Her work with VR has led her to question how immersive reality helps us better understand each other, and what literally ‘putting oneself in somebody else’s shoes can means for human empathy.
CEO and Founder, Webmart
'Marxist-Capitalism: Rage Within the Machine'
Simon continues to bring a unique blend of no-nonsense business acumen and insightful philosophy to business leaders across the UK and beyond. A winner of the UK Institute of Directors Director of the Year award, Simon is acknowledged as an outstanding business creator and thought-provoking imparter of commercial wisdom. With £10,000 of his own money, Simon built Webmart on his Marxist-capitalist philosophy and has delivered vast returns both for the business and for the wider community.
'Uncovering Self: Adventures Into the Unknown'
Nuakai is an award-winning independent film maker, martial artist and world explorer. He has travelled extensively to Africa and many places around the world using travel as a tool for self discovery. As an Earthling, he loves to immerse himself in nature and within different cultures around the world. His journeys aren't merely travel tourism, they center on exploring and living anthropology. His aim is to share greater understanding about our collective story and appreciation for the natural world.
Novelist and Author, Editor, Lecturer at The University of Manchester
'What Happens When a Writer can't Write'
M.J Hyland is the author of award-winning novels, stories and essays. Her writing about MS has appeared in the Guardian, Granta and on Newsnight as the first writer with MS to discuss the 'controversial' use of neuroenhancers. Her advice for writers is regularly quoted and most recently her advice given on Irish radio was cited in The New Scientist. She also teaches fiction in The Guardian Masterclass Programme. Her novel, Carry Me Down was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2006.
Head of Programmes, The School of Life
'How to Survive Your Twenties'
Vassili curates programmes exploring new thinking in philosophy, psychology, science and culture. For most of his twenties he managed the Institute of Art and Ideas (iai.tv) and HowTheLightGetsIn, an annual ten-day festival heralded by The Guardian as 'bringing big thinking back to the UK'. Before that, he ran a contemporary art fair, penned a gonzo magazine column on digital culture, wrote and directed award-winning stage shows, and taught in a Chinese primary school.
Chief Innovation Officer at Antidote
'Finding a Cure by Empowering Patients'
While at Google, Eze spearheaded strategic commerce partnerships in EMEA, helped launch Google Shopping/Google Wallet and was European head of Google for Entrepaneurs and General Partner at Google Ventures. His work as Chief Innovation Officer at Antidote focuses on accelearting breakthroughs of potentially life-saving treatments by bridging the gap between medical research and the people who need it. He is the author of two patents on web search and online advertising.
See what we got up to last year
Last year’s conference theme was "Infinite Possibilities". The origin of this theme came about from the thought of creating a platform for ideas that challenges the norm and going beyond ordinary expectations. We were also drawn to the fact that it is of a very ambiguous nature, and that it signifies hope and highlights the possible potential that lies within each and every one of us.
Meet our Team
External Relations Executive
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