Following on from the overwhelming success of last year’s event, TEDx is returning to Swansea this year, with an impressive line-up of speakers announced today.
Tickets for the sought-after event will go on sale this Thursday (12th April) and members of the public are being urged to act quickly to secure their ticket as the previous three years’ events were immediate sell-outs with the resulting talks being seen across the world.
What is TEDx?
TEDx is a program of locally organised events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on TED.com and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Embrace’ and the speakers secured will all, through their talks, convey their interpretation of the provocative topic.
TEDx Swansea Speakers
The first speaker is Dr Deborah Morgan from Swansea University, who will talk about loneliness amongst the elderly.
Deborah is a researcher working in the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) and the Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA). Having graduated as a mature student from the Open University in 2005, Deborah went on to successfully complete an MSc in Social Science Research Methods at Cardiff University. Deborah was awarded her PhD in 2015 from the Centre for Innovative Ageing.
Mark Hendy is a HR expert who will talk about the future workforce.
Mark has worked in various sectors across some of the UK’s biggest businesses, operating both nationally and
internationally. Mark is a self-confessed HR geek, who loves talking about everything related to the workplace and employment, including legislation, practice, technology, leadership, and what the future workplace will look like. Mark’s thoughts are shared on his website and have appeared in various trade magazines. Mark is also Chair of the South Wales HR Forum and is a fellow of both the RSA and CEBMa as well as a Chartered Member of the CIPD.
Both Deborah and Mark will be joined by Sarah Beard, a director at Maggie’s Cancer Care centre in Swansea, who will talk about designing buildings to support well-being.
During her eleven-year career at Maggie’s the organisation has undergone an extensive growth trajectory within which Sarah has played a pivotal role. Sarah is also a Clore Social Leadership Fellow 2015. During her Clore Social Leadership programme, Sarah undertook a secondment with Dot Everyone. Dot Everyone,
founded by Martha Lane Fox, is a charitable organisation committed to advancing understanding and use of internet enabled technologies to deliver prosperity and social well being for everyone. Sarah joined the team for 3 months working on a project to create digital health solutions for people at ‘End of Life Care’.
More speakers will be announced in the next few weeks.
The independently organised TEDxSwansea will take place on Saturday 2nd June at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. It will run from 5.30pm until 9pm. Tickets will be on sale from 9am this Thursday 12 April via the TEDxSwansea website – www.tedxswansea.com.
Steven Stokes, TEDxSwansea Director, said:
“We are delighted to announce the return of TEDx Swansea as well as announcing such interesting and prestigious speakers in attendance. Our previous three TEDxSwansea events have received very positive feedback.
“TEDxSwansea brings together the region’s leading innovators and explores some of the world-leading work that is taking place in the fields of health, science, technology, business and design. The event will also be a showcase for creative talent, with live performances during the day. Eleri Angharad has already committed to the event and I know her blend of Welsh folk music with the intricate storytelling of American Country songs will be incredibly popular with our attendees.
“With the support of the region and its people, it is our aim to ensure TEDxSwansea becomes one of the most respected and eagerly anticipated events in the international TEDx calendar.”
This year the event is supported by the National Waterfront Museum, Buffoon Film and Media, iCreate, Whiterock and Penumbra Photography.
For more information about TEDxSwansea, please visit www.tedxswansea.com, @TedxSwansea on Twitter, and ‘TEDxSwansea’ on Facebook.