TEDxBristol – Great Expectations

TEDxBristol 2015 is all about our Great Expectations for the future. From all walks of life our speakers will entertain and inspire with stories of unwavering determination, mind-blowing innovation and great personal challenges. Compered by BBC DIY SOS’s master builder Mark Millar, fasten your seat-belts for a day packed with brilliant ideas – which reflect the relentless optimism and can-do approach so native to Bristol.
The event starts at 10am and finishes at 6pm. There will be an hour lunch break and coffee breaks throughout the day.

Don’t forget you can party on after TEDxBristol with Love The Future of Fashion and live music.

TEDxBristol 2015 speaker line up:

Dr Dawn Harper – The Fat of the Matter
She’s seen more naked bodies than we’ve had hot dinners but now she’s on a one woman mission to banish ‘modern lifestyle’ disease.

Jess Ratty – Crowd-sourcing: A Passion for Progress
Jess is the brand communications manager at Crowdfunder and will reveal the paradigm shift from top down to grassroots decision-making when it comes to what WE want.

Professor Kate Pullinger – A Very Modern Memorial
Bath based digital fiction writer and winner of numerous prizes and accolades, Kate tells the Unknown Solider story – a project that revived our imaginations and love of creative writing last year.

Patrick Aryee – How the Chicken Cured Cancer
In chasing the chicken across the road to get it to the other side, cancer biologist and natural history presenter Patrick reflects on our ability to impact our planet for the greater good.

Kim Ingleby – Embracing Adversity
Defying adversity in the face of Weil disease and Encephalitis, Kim shares her powerful message of resilience through the connection between mind and body, in order to love the soul.

David Sloly – Change your Story; Change your World
David shares secrets of how to create our own powerful stories and how they will help us achieve our personal goals and ambitions.

Al Crisci MBE – Dinner in the Clink
Al whets our appetite with thought provoking stories from his journey to challenge prisoner perception and recounts his revolutionary role in rehabilitation.

Dr Paul Bremner Via Avatar – Being There, Even When We Can’t Be There
A TEDx first, a talk presented using a tele-operated humanoid robot that replicates the movements of its human operator, showcasing the amazing applications of this technology.

Meabh Quoirin – Feeling Emojinal? The New Social Network
Meabh is a trends-spotter, and MD of Future Foundation. She’ll explore how a more emotional web will affect our future online experiences and relationships.

Lynne Elvins – My Two Mums (AKA The Myths Of Gay Adoption)
Lynne shares her very personal ‘modern day family’ story to reveal how society is changing it’s attitude to gay people becoming parents and ultimately, how love conquers all.

Daniel Edmund – Life Doesn’t Have To Be Short
Daniel is a young entrepreneur tackling the difficult issue of male suicide, explaining what he’s doing to bring about culture-change, find positive role models and promote a passion for life.

Jane Evans – Taming And Tending Your Meerkat Brain
Jane is a Trauma Parenting and Behaviour Expert who has developed a simple but brilliant way to help us nurture our young people and explain this difficult world to them.

Kirsty Cockburn – Responding To The Unexpected: Why Media Matters
Kirsty talks about her first-hand experience of a natural disaster and how media and communications can radically change responses and outcomes in a crisis.

Tom Savage – Is Ambition Killing Us?
Hear what high-achieving Bristol based entrepreneur Tom discovered in his quest to find ‘simplicity’ whilst running his big data company from a tent, in a field, in Somerset.


Lineup subject to change. Please note that this event will be filmed.

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