On Saturday 10 March 2012, The University of Warwick will host TEDxWarwick 2012. Taking place from 10am to 6pm in The Arts Centre’s Butterworth Hall, the conference brings together inspirational speakers on the subject of global challenges, organised by University of Warwick students.
TEDx was launched by the global organisation TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) with the mission: "ideas worth spreading." TEDx allows independent groups to organise their own TED events and this year builds on the past three years success of TEDxWarwick. Guests have included Philip Zimbardo, Noam Chomsky, Tim Harford and Ben Hammersley.
Last year’s event in March 2011 saw ten speakers talking on ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. The diverse range of topics included the psychology of music and leadership in the Iraq War.
Mustafa Akyol’s talk on Islam and Liberty is a fascinating exploration of the Quran and Muslim culture that examines the absence of gender division at Mecca, the holy shrine of Islam, despite gender segregation throughout the rest of Saudi Arabia. Mustafa’s talk was featured on the official TED website attracting over 250,000 views. The talk is expanded on in his book Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty.
- Dr. Doug Belshaw is a researcher/analyst at JISC Advance where he researches and advises on issues around open education and innovation.
- Heather Brooke is an award-winning journalist and activist. Her latest book The Revolution will be Digitised explores how the internet is transforming society.
- John Kay is a leading economist and visiting Professor of Economics at LSE and a Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford.
- Dr. Kerry Kirwan is an Associate Professor at WMG, the University of Warwick.
- Koen Olthuis is the founder of Waterstudio.NL, a Dutch architectural firm specialising in floating and amphibious structures to counter the global concern of flooding.
- Ludic Rooms is the digital arts collective of Dom Breadmore and Ashley Brown.
- Kevin Warwick is Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading.
- Giselle Weybrecht is the author of The Sustainable MBA: The Manager’s Guide to Green Business.
- Philippa Young is the writer and producer for What took you so long, a guerrilla filmmaking organisation that travels around the world in search of untold stories and unsung heroes.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. Tickets for the event on 10 March cost £7 and are available from the TEDxWarwick website.
Date: Saturday 10 March 2012
Location: Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre
When: 10am - 6pm