Created: Thursday, 5th December, 2013 - 11:40

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) is bringing a TEDx event to the town of Farnham for the very first time.

TEDxUCAFarnham on 15 May 2013 boasts a long list of top speakers including designer and UCA honorary graduate Wayne Hemingway and popstar turned entrepreneur, VV Brown.

TEDx talks are independently organised events that aim to bring the TED experience, which has become a global phenomenon, to a local audience.

Craig Burston, UCA Graphic Communication course leader and TEDxUCAFarnham organiser, said: "We're very excited about bringing a TEDx event to UCA and Farnham for the first time.

"TEDx talks aim to bring the local community together to be inspired and excited through the ideas and conversations around our big-name speakers.

 "TEDxUCAFarnham was born out of a small conversation - an idea if you will - for a day of talks that sit outside of the usual. And here we are."

The diverse range of speakers for the public event, which focuses on the theme "What's the big idea?" includes, astrophysicist Barnaby Rowe, publishing duo Visual Editions, social entrepreneur Paul Sinton-Hewitt, sustainable expert Gary Waterworth-Owen, and musical artists Hacker Farm.

Founded in 1984, TED, which is short for Technology, Entertainment and Design, offers a worldwide platform to share imaginative ideas. Speakers at TED events include Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Bono, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

TEDx talks aim to bring people from the local community together to hear about ideas that are worth sharing.

The event will be filmed and uploaded to the official TED website for the world to see.

 Simon Ofield-Kerr, UCA Vice-Chancellor, said: "We are proud to bring this TEDx talk to UCA Farnham and for the opportunity to organise this visionary event for the local community.

"At UCA, we encourage our students to explore original and creative ideas, so TEDxUCAFarnham is the perfect event for us."

You can join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #TEDxUCAFarnham.

TEDxUCAFarnham takes place on 15 May 2013, from 11am to 4pm, at UCA Farnham. Tickets are £5.

For more information about the event and speakers, and to purchase tickets, visit:

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.

At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video 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 are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


About TED

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

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