1984 was a memorable year. Margaret Thatcher won a landslide victory and became the UK’s first female Prime Minister; the first Apple Macintosh computer went on sale, and two astronauts – Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart – made planetary strides as they performed NASA’s first untethered spacewalk.
As these historic moments unfolded, something else was taking shape that would later become a viral video phenomenon: the birth of TED. Devoted to spreading ideas in the form of bite-sized videos, the platform unites communities across the globe on topical issues concerning the world today and tomorrow.
Since it’s birth, the non-profit has transformed the face of education by bringing people together to inspire lateral thinking – something we’re incredibly passionate about. That’s why, this November, we will be hosting its first-ever TEDxOpenUniversity.
We’ll be summoning influential leaders, academics and industry professionals to deliver inspiring talks on the subject of ‘what’s next’ for future generations. The talks will span a variety of specialisms including Artificial Intelligence, Mental Health, Language and much, much more.
Here are 5 reasons why you won’t want to miss out!
1. Awesome goodie bag with lots of freebies!
On the day, ticket holders will receive an awesome goodie bag packed with lots of freebies.
2. Activities to further spark your interest.
If you're attending our event in person, then the fun doesn't stop at lunchtime! There'll be plenty of exciting stands and activities to keep you informed, engaged and inspired throughout the day. Come and say hello and tell us what you think!
3. Mingle with our amazing speakers!
Your mind will be buzzing with questions after their talks, but don’t worry, you can mingle with our speakers to get the closure you need.
4. Free lunch (for ticket holders)!
Yes, you read it correctly. We’ll be providing free lunches to ticket holders on the day, so all you need to bring is your curious-minded self (and your ticket!). Let's be honest, who doesn’t love a free lunch?!
5. Ideas about the future
Gain insight from key industry professionals who are already inspiring change in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Mental Health, Identity, Language and Emissions. Our speakers will be sharing ideas about the future and what we should expect in the years to come. Knowledge is power and TEDx aims to educate and inspire change – what’s not to love?
Join us on Friday 8th November for our first-ever TEDxOpenUniversity and help us make history. Remember: the future is coming for you!