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about TEDxChelmsford

June 7th 2018

TEDxChelmsford is an independently organised event licensed from TED by Chelmsford based Mark Davies and organised by the TEDxChelmsford team. If you would like to become involved in organising the event then please feel free to contact us and tell us how you can help and what you love about TED and TEDx. email IWantToHelp@Tedxchelmsford.com

The date of the next TEDxChelmsford event will be June 7th 19th 2018 and will be held at the Civic Theatre in central Chelmsford. We are working hard to build the team, work with and develop partners and sponsors and in finding amazing ideas from great speakers to share with everyone in Chelmsford. If you know a great idea that needs to get heard then please let us know or get the person with the idea to contact us at speakers@tedxchelmsford.com

The TEDxChelmsford mission, like the TED mission, is to propagate Ideas Worth Spreading; to inform and inspire. Our specific vision for TEDxChelmsford is to make it the leading annual platform for the propagation of great ideas, storytelling, creativity and actionable innovation to the rest of the Essex and the East of England; to create and foster a sense of community amongst the people and organisations who have gathered (and continue to gather) around this event; to provide a cultural focus and impetus for conversation and debate.

Meet the team

Mark Davies Licence Holder

Mark Davies

Licence Holder

Speaker, Geek, Technology expert, Author, TEDxChelmsford organiser. Husband and Dad of 4 amazing children who make me smile. http://thevirtualitdirector.com

David Saxon Operations Director

David Saxon

Operations Director

David joined the TEDxChelmsford team for its inaugural year, and keeps coming back for more - he either loves it, or doesn't know when to quit..

Emma Knewstub Marketing Director

Emma Knewstub

Marketing  Director

Emma is responsible for all marketing and social media. As an expert in that area Emma runs her own compnay helping businesses get their message out.


about TED

TED is a US based not-for-profit enterprise devoted to the propagation of Ideas Worth Spreading. TED started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment & Design. Started as a four-day conference in California 28 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende, Elon Musk and former UK prime minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.

TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED's stage. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organised events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping 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. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.

About TEDx
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, TEDTalks 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 organised 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).

what people say

" I really enjoyed the day, diversity of speakers and the event was well organised throughout

what people say

" #TEDxChelmsford did the TED brand justice today. Amzing event and quite emotional in parts.
Paul Wright

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" Just at home from an amazing day in Chelmsford, haven't stopped talking about the fantastic speakers #TEDxChelmsford.
Shryl Martin

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" Surpassed all my expectations
Tony Short

Get a ticket to TEDxChelmsford 2018.

Tickets are on sale now and you can get discounted tickets until Christmas Eve when the price goes back up to the standard tickets price of £20

The event is being held on Thursday June 7th at the Civic Theatre in the city centre of Chelmsford and will be an all day event so you will need to be there all day or at least most of it. It is a weekday and in some years people have not made that connection until they have got a ticket so you will need to be able to attend all day on a Thursday.

Share an idea for the 2018 event.

This year, call us crazy, but we are doing it differenty. We are not looking for speakers, we are looking for IDEAS and as ideas can't speak on their own we are also looking for someone to share them. However people with ideas cannot apply directly, they must be nominated by someone who has heard the idea and has heard the speaker talk about the idea. That way we are getting ideas which people other than just the speaker think are worth sharing. I hope that makes sense.

A TEDx talk is not a rework or rehash of a previously presented speech or keynote, it is an idea that is new or challenging and needs to be heard. There are few subjects that a TEDx would not like to hear about so ideas should tend to be outside of personal development or spiritual themes but please feel to contact us to discuss the idea.

The event is being held on June 7th at the Civic Theatre in the city centre of Chelmsford and will be an all day event so the speaker will need to be available for that day. The theme this year is Consequences and the talk needs to somehow link to that theme. Please consider however that the theme is only loosely linked to the talk and should not be the sole focus. I always consider that the theme is a thin thread of cotton that links all the days talks and not a main overiding subject.

Once you have submitted a nomination, then we will attempt to make contact with the individual and will see if they share your enthusiams to have their idea heard at TEDxChelmsford. If they do fantastic, they'll be in the process. If the idea is great but they are not so keen to talk then we will also encourage them to speak and hopefully get them in the process. If the idea is not so great and the speaker reluctant then we may not take it any further.

Please make sure you give us enough detail in the application to allow us to FULLY understand the idea . Lack of information will make the selection process more difficult and could potentially rule you out some ideas from selection. Feel free to suggest speakers by email also by emailing speakers@tedxchelmsford.com

Submit an Idea and Speaker 2018

* indicates required - where it says Your it is the details of the nominator not the speaker

Press enquiries

All press requests should be sent to Mark Davies (media@tedxchelmsford.com). Mark Davies is the official spokesperson for TEDxChelmsford. Please note that TEDx event organizers are not able to speak for the TED Conference

Any inquiry regarding TED should be sent to:

Melody Serafino

TEDx Media Liaison


While we appreciate any coverage, we kindly ask that all journalists and/or bloggers be respectful of the difference between the TED and TEDx brands.

The ‘x’ in ‘TEDx’ stands for “independently organized events.” Any headline or text which implies “TED” is coming to Chelmsford is misleading.

For more information on TEDx, visit http://www.ted.com/tedx