TEDx phenomenon rolls into Warrington

The TEDx phenomenon rolls into Warrington this June and seeks talented minds in the region

The TEDx phenomenon is coming to Warrington Pyramid Parr Hall, 6-9pm, Thursday 25 June 2020, and its organisers are seeking inspirational people with ‘ideas worth spreading’.

Founded in 1984, the TED movement has grown into a global phenomenon that seeks to uncover innovative new ideas and the latest research through inspirational and thought-provoking talks on all manner of topics relating to technology, entertainment and design – hence TED – and also science, philosophy, music, religion, philanthropy, along with many others.

TEDx events take place around the world and the TED organisation has granted Warrington community champion and business networker Kirsty James a licence to hold an independently organised public TEDx event in her hometown. Kirsty explained;

“Just being awarded a licence was a coup. It’s a tough process due to the prestige of the internationally recognised events, but it has been a dream of mine for several years to bring a TEDx event to Warrington and to profile the amazing talent and ideas I know exist in the region. I’m thrilled to have had my application approved”.

“I’m not on my own for the delivery though and have brought together a team of committed Warrington people to work with me, all of whom are equally as passionate about this amazing event concept”.

Each speaker will be filmed, and with people watching worldwide, the exposure for the speaker to share their idea is potentially huge. All talks are stored and kept open for view on the TED website forever.

The team has selected the theme ‘Build connection, Strengthen communities’ to complement Warrington’s independent thinking yet collaborative spirit, and speakers will be chosen based loosely on having a fresh and innovative idea that could have a positive impact on communities, particularly in the local area.

Applications to be one of up to only ten speakers on the night, delivering a talk of 3-12 minutes in length, are now welcomed. To enter, speakers must submit a 3–5 minute video describing their ‘idea worth spreading’ and the impact it could have.

Full details, including selection criteria, the commitment involved and how to submit an entry can be found on the TEDx Warrington website

Closing date for applications is 10pm 8 March 2020. Information about attendee tickets and opportunities to support the event with time, expertise and sponsorship are also detailed on the website.



TEDx Warrington team, left to right.

Lucy Jackman, Becs Bate, Mitch Poole, Kirsty James, Jen Perry, Paul Chadwick.

For further information contact Kirsty James 07789 852892, visit, email or Mitch Poole or Jennifer Perry from Forty Communications 07919 541056

Editors Notes

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, 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.)

About TED

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on and other platforms. Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 are published to TED’s podcast TED Talks Daily, available on all podcast platforms.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also has a growing library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, WorkLife with Adam Grant, TED en Español and Sincerely, X.

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