2017 Event

In 2017, TEDxUniversityofKent stepped out of the box and offered the audience the opportunity to discover the unknown, to go beyond preconceived ideas.

The event took place on 13th of May, 2017, and was hosted at the Gulbenkian.

From the undiscovered to the outright unexpected TEDxUniversityofKent put on a full-day event to showcase a whole host of bright ideas, talks and activities, coinciding with the core values of TED: innovation, illumination, and inspiration.

The ticket included admission to the full lecture series incorporating a range of multi-disciplined performances exploring the theme, an assortment of interactive projects punctuating the day, as well as a wine reception closing up the evening. It was a remarkable event.




TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 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 or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman. Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

TEDx , x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized 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-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


Sophia Ppali
Event Organiser and Website Manager

Maisie Golding

Luisa Armand-Ugon
Event Manager

Amber Wong
Creative Director

Eve Wright
Curator and Researcher

Greg Los

Alessandra Le Voci
Researcher and Volunteer Coordinator

Lucius Fang
Sponsorships and Budget Manager

Tasha Ratwatte
Sponsorships and Budget Manager

Danielle James
Editor and Communications Director

Isra Rab
Video and Audio Production Manager

Jakub Oledzki

Aleksandra Zawlocka

Maureen Dickie
Speaker coach http://maureendickie.com/

Valeria Trabattoni
Social Media

Nawel Chemali
Social Media

“Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability.”

-H.P. Lovecraft

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