Press Releases 2014-2015

TEDx Comes to Swansea




The following is a press release which has been issued by TEDxSwansea.

The global phenomenon that is TEDx is coming to Swansea next month and has become an immediate sell out.

Having successfully secured a license from TED, the independently organised TEDxSwansea will take place on Wednesday 3rd June at Swansea Grand Theatre. Launched in 2009, TEDx is a program of locally organised events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

The TEDxSwansea talks will cover topics such as the theory behind poetry, psychology, digital techniques in translation, sustainable employment for disabled people and the quiet revolution of local and immediate decision making.

There will also be a performance from DnA Folk, whose live shows have been described as ‘visceral and intense’. DnA Folk is made up of mother and daughter duo Delyth and Angharad, who first performed together in 2007 at the Gower Festival.

Lee Ibbotson, TEDxSwansea Lead Organisor, said: “The ethos of TEDx is sharing ideas and our part of the world has a lot to offer. Swansea is an ambitious city and it should be visible on a global stage celebrating the exceptional talent and expertise that we have in this region.”

Speakers at TEDxSwansea include:

Sarah Hoss – Former BBC producer and once Wales' only female newspaper editor, Sarah Hoss shares a story of how a digital utility has revolutionised the process of decision-making that lets all of us participate in changing things for the better.

Dr Catriona Ryan – Catriona is a poet, theorist and academic author, at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The creator of a new critical theory, paleo-postmodernism, Catriona is now extending it to other research areas as an interdisciplinary tool for academics, artists and others to explore the multivalent potential of language as a base for creative thinking.

Dr Tom Cheeseman – Tom is a Reader in German and Co-Director of the Centre on Digital Arts and Humanities at Swansea University. He has been working with software developers on new digital techniques to help understand how translations vary, and why.

Julian John - Julian is an award-winning social entrepreneur. In 2005, Julian experienced a life changing event when diagnosed with the onset of a chronic neurological condition. It is his subsequent journey as a result of this experience that led him to become a social entrepreneur, and a champion of opportunities for disabled people into sustainable employment.

Dr Paul B. Hutchings - Paul is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Paul is currently Director of Studies for Psychology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, where his research focuses upon how attitudes towards race, immigration, and associated values influence our implicit and explicit prejudices.

TEDxSwansea sponsors include: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), the Faculty of Applied Computing and Engineering (UWTSD), the International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development, and Brightseed Digital Creative Agency.

For more information about TEDxSwansea, please visit, @TedxSwansea on Twitter, and ‘TEDxSwansea’ on Facebook.

Note to Editor

1. About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised 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 in a small group. These local, self-organised 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-organised. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

2. About TED

TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 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 on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organised TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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