Friday 5 April, Exeter Northcott Theatre

Our speakers at TEDxExeter 2019 were, and still are, engaged in some of the most difficult challenges we face, from the potential of AI to solve global challenges to human rights, ocean optimism and social mobility. They asked big questions about the future of our societies and of the planet. They shone new light on the extraordinary capacity of individuals to survive and thrive and they are shaping a vision of what can be and it is a vision of real hope. All under the overarching theme of The Art of the Possible.

“The diversity of speakers and wide range of subjects at TEDxExeter were wonderfully unified by a shared determination, inspiration and strong message of hope.” Steve Simpson, TEDxExeter 2019 Speaker

Tickets for the event sold out in minutes but public screenings were held at venues across Devon, many companies held their own viewing events, and thousands more watched online from countries around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, India, Russia, Japan, Nigeria, Somalia, US, Mexico and Venezuela.

Claire Kennedy, curator and licensee of TEDxExeter, summarised the day:
“Our theme this year was ‘The Art of the Possible’. When many communities are feeling more and more divided, the day offered an opportunity to pause and consider the future we want to create and how we might get there.

Since we launched in 2012, TEDxExeter talks have been viewed over 21.5 million times. These are ideas from Exeter impacting the world. None of this would be possible without our inspiring speakers and performers, our dedicated team of volunteers, the huge generosity of our partners and the positive energy of our whole TEDxExeter community.”

Our speakers

Click on the speaker images to find out more and watch their talks.

2019 Gallery

Partners in the Great Hall