Bath is to stage its first TEDx, the globally recognised idea-sharing forum, with a wide-ranging line-up of speakers.
The half-day event – which has the theme of ‘Light up the Future’ – is being backed by some of the city’s top firms as sponsors.
TEDxs have proved extremely popular in hundreds of towns and cities across the world as a way of sharing ideas through presentations by a wide range of speakers.
TEDx Bath, which takes place in Bath Abbey on Saturday, September 29, will include 12 inspiring speakers on topics concerning the city’s future, including social welfare, mobility, mental health and the role and character of the city.
The conference is being staged by a diverse team of local volunteers united by the desire to share ideas and encourage positive change. It will also be live-streamed to The Guild co-working hub.
Lead organiser Rhodora Baguilat said: “TEDx Bath is for everyone and anyone who is interested and enthusiastic about ideas for the future of Bath and its community, both now and in future.
“We hope people from all backgrounds and walks of life in Bath will come together and join us at our first event to share and explore new ideas.”
Curation lead Geoff Rich added: “We have assembled a brilliant line-up of speakers for our inaugural event and will be exploring a broad range of important topics including social welfare, mobility, mental health and the future role and character of our city.
“It promises to be a really momentous day for Bath and we hope it will kick-start a brand new and inclusive debate about the future of our community and city.”
The 12 speakers are:
- Prof Andrew Brewerton, Principal & chief executive, Plymouth College of Art
- Andrew Grant, Founder and director of Grant Associates
- Penny Hay, Director of research, 5x5x5=creativity, senior lecturer in Arts Education, Bath Spa University
- William Heath, Local co-operation and personal data
- Joy Nazzari, The power in cities — using purpose to drive change
- Claire Henwood, MakeLunch (Bath) co-founder and coordinator
- Piers Taylor, Architect
- Dominique Thompson, GP and director of Buzz Consulting
- Philip Raby, Director Bath film Festival
- Adam Reynolds, Chair of Cycle Bath/Transport Policy Advisor
- Jake Curtis, Jamie’s Farm
- Dr Rob Wortham, Teaching fellow, University of Bath
Sponsors include Bath-headquartered regional law firm Royds Withy King, web design agency Storm Consultancy, trade mark and patent attorneys Abel and Imray and software developer Rocketmakers.
Tickets for TEDx Bath 2018, costing £40 each, are now available.
To find out more about this event and the speakers, visit the TEDx Bath website here.