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TEDxWarwick Talk Selected for

TEDxWarwick, an independently organized event licensed by TED and held annually at the University of Warwick, has had one of its talks selected to be showcased on the prestigious website, for the second year in succession.”

Earlier this year a team of 43 full-time Warwick students organised the fourth TEDxWarwick event, an independently organised event licensed by TED and held annually at the University, a day of thought provoking talks centred around the theme of ‘Global Challenges’, which took place on 10 March in Warwick Arts Centre. Now one of their talks has been selected to be featured on, the nonprofit organisation devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’.

Last year, TEDxWarwick became the first TEDx event organised entirely by undergraduate students to have a talk selected for the website.

This year’s talk by Professor David MacKay, chief scientific adviser to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, ‘A reality check on renewables’, was made available on on May 28th. The talk highlights the worrying limitations on the UK’s sustainable energy options and explains why we should pursue them anyway.

Two months ago Kevin Warwick’s talk on cybernetics and medical implants was already selected as TEDx talk of the week on the website.

Event organiser Susan du Toit, a final year student at Warwick, was delighted that TED had selected a TEDxWarwick video for the website and said it was testament to the hard work put in by the TEDxWarwick team.

She said: “TEDxWarwick has a fantastic tradition of welcoming some really great speakers to the stage and we are all ecstatic that has selected one of our videos to share with the world.”

“The whole team is extremely proud and we would all encourage students from all over the world to get involved with the extraordinary multidisciplinary exchange of ideas that TED offers”.

This year’s TEDxWarwick event saw 13 live speakers from across the globe descend on the University of Warwick campus to discuss a wide variety of global challenges, including sustainability, education and technology.

University of Warwick Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Thrift added: “I am delighted to see how often, and how effectively, Warwick students work together to address global issues and challenges. It is a major achievement for our students to have won this new opportunity for a global audience for their work”.

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Notes to Editors

About 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. Our event is called TEDxWarwick, where x=independently organized TED event. At TEDxWarwick, TEDTalks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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, including ours, are self-organized.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

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Susan du Toit, coordinator of TEDxWarwick:, 07902 130918.

Luke Hamer, Assistant Press Officer, University of Warwick:, 02476 575601, 07824 541142.

Sponsors and Partners
TEDxWarwick is sponsored by Credit Suisse, the University of Warwick, the Warwick Economics Department, the Warwick Institute of Education, Warwick Business School Executive Education and Warwick International Office. Our partners include the University of Warwick’s Digital Press and The Student Journals

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