New platform for Leicester’s best thinkers and community activists announced

Posted by er134 at Oct 05, 2016 01:45 PM |
University of Leicester among local institutions to get behind headline TEDx event in city

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 5 October 2016

Some of Leicester’s best known institutions and organisations are getting behind an inspiring event, which is set to bring some of the Leicester’s best thinkers and community activists to the city this year.

TEDxLeicester 2016 will take place on Wednesday 26 October 2016 at Curve Theatre in the city centre. Delegates will access a full-day programme of 16 exceptional speakers, four fantastic performers, plus lunch.

The event’s headline partners include LCB Depot, Curve Theatre and the University of Leicester.

President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Paul Boyle said: “Universities are all about world-changing research and the purpose of TED, to spread ideas and knowledge by bringing together leading thinkers, speaks right to the core of our mission. As a University ranked in the top one per cent in the world we are committed to excellence, and we are proud to be associated with this exciting initiative that sees exceptional people in our city come together to share their knowledge and experiences in an inspirational context.”

Other event sponsors include Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, East Midlands’ Chamber of Commerce, as well as local Schools and Colleges, including Leicester College, Gateway College, Beauchamp College and Leicester High School for Girls. A host of local businesses such as Colab Creative, Orange Reel, Mayura Print, Cofresh, Motion Hiro and Jubbub Design are also supporting the conference.  The TEDxLeicester’s Every Journey Matters event is proud to be a part of the annual Leicester Business Festival. A complete list of our partners is available via the website:

Siddhi Trivedi, TEDxLeicester co-organiser added: “The city has embraced TEDxLeicester. We are extremely grateful to all our partners. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to put this event on. This is the first year we have embarked on an event five times larger than last year. This year we are working with organisations from all sectors in Leicester and we have been overwhelmed by their support and enthusiasm.

“We have an outstanding line up of speakers and performers some well-known in our community, some lesser-known. All will be able to leave our guests thinking, and hopefully taking home some ‘ideas worth spreading’. They all have ‘ideas worth sharing’. We expect the audience, those present on the day, and people who watch the videos afterwards, to go away intrigued, challenged, inspired and entertained.”

TEDxLeicester’s headline event will feature a host of speakers and performers from the Leicester area and will be based on the theme ‘Every Journey Matters’. It focuses on the past, present and future of some of society’s biggest challenges, told by Leicester’s very own wealth of expertise, including John Everitt on conservation, Hassan Akkad on the refugee crisis, and Simon Cole QPM on the Prevent Strategy.

Other speakers and performers include Mohammed Abbas, Andy Gilbert, Maytham Al-Hilo, Jessica Okoro, Geoff Rowe BEM, Dr Jay Banerjee, Kamlesh Purohit, Raj Gawera, Dr Turi King, Jim Shields, Ellah Kandi, Cosmocular, Emmanu'-EL Apostolic GA, Matt Hampson, Marc Wileman and an exceptional production from Leicester’s very own TED performer Aakash Odedra.

For more details about individual speakers and performers visit

Every Journey Matters’ aims to bring the Leicester community together to kick-start conversation and action surrounding the personal, professional, emotional and technological challenges we all face, which impacts on how we live, work and study, both now and in the future.


Notes to editors:

All our communications and marketing is managed by our PR and Marketing Manager Carl Quinn. Please contact Carl for further details regarding the event on

About TEDx, x = independently organised event.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organised TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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