2020 – Important Update

It is with great sadness that we have made the extremely difficult decision to postpone this year’s TEDxExeter event.

More than 900 people, including speakers and attendees from overseas, were due to join us at the Exeter Northcott and the University’s Alumni Auditorium on Friday, April 17.

Since our recent launch event, a growing number of cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK, including Devon. TEDxExeter is a unique day of human connection and stimulating conversations, but, during times like these, gatherings of large numbers of people bring risk.

Our fantastic speakers and our amazing team of volunteers have been working hard to make this year’s TEDxExeter experience memorable for all the right reasons, and I’m sure you will be as disappointed as we all are that it won’t be happening now.

This has been one of the hardest decisions we’ve had to make in our nine years of TEDxExeter, but the health and wellbeing of our community is our overriding concern.

We have made this decision now so that you – and everyone connected with TEDxExeter – can plan accordingly, instead of leaving you wondering whether our event would go ahead or if it would be safe to come along.

We look forward to getting together again next year.

Meanwhile we are actively exploring virtual ways of gathering on 17 April so please save the date. If you are interested in finding out more sign up below. As soon as we have more information, we will share it with you.

We’ll still be sharing ideas worth spreading via social media, and you can explore our archive of TEDxExeter talks here.

Coronavirus is a reminder of the interconnected world we live in, and our thoughts are with the thousands of people affected by the current outbreak.

We’ll be in touch again as soon as our plans for next year are confirmed. Until then, our entire team are grateful for your continued support.

Claire Kennedy, Director and Curator of TEDxExeter

“This would have been a really difficult decision for Claire and the TEDxExeter team, who have worked so hard. It is a remarkable and a complex event organised by volunteers. It’s good to hear we will however be able to see those amazing speakers next year.”

Exeter City Council Director Jon-Paul Hedge


What happens if I’ve booked tickets?

If you’ve bought tickets for this year’s event, we would love to see you next year. Your tickets will be valid for our 2021 event (at 2020 prices!), so you don’t need to do anything.


If you do not wish to carry your ticket over for use at our 2021 event, you will be refunded. Please go to your Eventbrite account, select your purchased ticket and request a refund.  This will be automatically directed to Rosie at TEDxExeter, who will approve the request and a refund will be issued directly from Eventbrite, to the card account it was originally purchased from.

When will the rearranged event take place?

23 April 2021 TBC

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Ideas worth spreading

TEDxExeter is Exeter’s Festival of Ideas, a local festival with global reach. Our talks are filmed, released freely on the TEDxYouTube channel and translated into up to 34 languages. They have been viewed over 24 million times by a truly global audience. TEDxExeter has been ranked the 4th TEDx in the world for talks with 1m+ views on TED.com.

TEDxExeter is organised by volunteers from the community, for the community. People who believe ideas can change the world. We organise one main, annual conference and additional, smaller events throughout the year.

We provide a unique platform in Exeter which brings together influential thinkers, policy makers and a diverse audience from across the city and beyond. We work hard to create stimulating and thought-provoking events – but our ultimate aim and greatest hope is that through them we can galvanise positive action

Find out more about TEDxExeter

“TEDxExeter offers us the chance to lift our gaze above the day to day, to step back, to reflect, to be challenged, and to go out at the end of the day inspired to make a positive difference” Claire Kennedy, licensee and curator of TEDxExeter

“One of Exeter’s best exports” Karime Hassan, Chief Executive and Growth Director of Exeter City Council

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.)

“TEDxExeter provides a launchpad for new ideas, supporting speakers from all walks of life to share their worlds, experiences and dreams. ” Steve Simpson – TEDxExeter 2019 Speaker

“TEDx is stimulation and inspiration, different ways of looking at the world, it shows the world through other peoples’ eyes.” Chris Turner -TEDxExeter 2019 Speaker