TEDxBrighton, the independently organised Brighton & Hove TED event, returns to our city this month with its biggest conference to date involving a vast array of guest speakers discussing their experiences around this year’s theme: impact. Entitled We Can Be Heroes, the one-day event celebrates the influence we each have the power to have globally, its title aptly paying homage to the iconic David Bowie song Heroes. Over 15 local and international speakers will take to the stage to each talk about their voyage to creating a meaningful impact on the world. The stellar line-up for this year’s event were all selected based on their stories and their accomplishments, and includes modern day heroes who have experienced adversity, challenged their limitations and lived real adventures.
Inspired by the original TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks of Vancouver, Canada, TEDxBrighton is a program of local, independently organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. With a shared devotion to Ideas Worth Spreading, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection.
“We chose We Can Be Heroes as this year’s title because we believe everyone has the capacity to achieve great things and impact the lives of others,” says TEDxBrighton’s event director Toby Moore. “This year, the audience will walk away from TEDxBrighton with the ideas, the courage and the inspiration to positively impact not just their own life, but the lives of their friends, families, communities and beyond.”
With a number of internationally recognised speakers, We Can Be Heroes is truly a conference not to be missed. Speakers include Brighton’s very own musician and writer, Jordan Stephens (Rizzle Kicks); presenter, actor and campaigner for disability rights Adam Pearson; human rights activist Elaine Ortiz; inventor and entrepreneur Sarah Giblin; The Dad Course founder Dave Perrins; Gig Buddies director Paul Richards; social enterprise Project 507 creator Whitney Iles; fashion blogger Freddie Harrel; scientist, computer games expert and peer of Stephen Hawking, Richard Summers, and many, many more.
In addition to this incredible line-up of key speakers, TEDxBrighton is offering attendees the chance to visit The Ideas Lab. Those who attended last year’s TEDxBrighton conference will probably already know what to expect. For everyone else, The Ideas Lab is a series of workshops set to run as an interactive exhibition alongside the talks, showcasing a range of local artists, makers and entrepreneurs – this year’s lab brimming with even more artistic greatness. Expect to see artists coming together in real-time to create a live graffiti mural and weave a giant tapestry. Examine the amazing pieces on display at the Macmillan Cancer Support art exhibition, supported by Lick Frozen Yogurt, create your own TEDx t-shirt with help from Tidy Print, and finish it all off with a silent disco – more than worth your £40 ticket.
In all, TEDxBrighton 2016’s We Can Be Heroes is set to be a truly inspiring composition – head down and experience We Can Be Heroes, just for one day.