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This event occurred on
September 26, 2011
10:00am - 8:00pm BST
(UTC +1hr)
Oxford, OXF
United Kingdom

We believe that there is is nothing more important than planting the seeds of passion and curiosity early in life, especially in those who will become the leaders of tomorrow. Young adulthood is among the most formative stages of one’s life; curiosity begins to spike and passions start to emerge. This is the time to engage with TED.

Our day conference will compose entirely of youths between 16 to 25 years of age. We strongly believe in the potential of this population, and it is hoped that through our efforts TEDxOxford will help to inspire the outliers of tomorrow.

TS Eliot Theatre
Merton College
Merton Street
Oxford, OXF, OX1 4JD
United Kingdom
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Kevin Warwick

Kevin Warwick is a Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading and is at the forefront of research into Cyborgs. Having produced over 500 publications on research in artificial intelligence, control, robotics and biomedical engineering he is truly at the top of the field. The Institute of Physics selected Kevin as one of only 7 eminent scientists to illustrate the ethical impact their scientific work can have: the others being Galileo, Einstein, Curie, Nobel, Oppenheimer and Rotblat. He a Fellow of The Institution of Engineering & Technology, has featured in multiple TV and film documentaries and recently appeared as one of 30 “great minds on the future” in the THES/Oxford University book – Predictions.

Kelly Cutrone

Kelly is the founder and CEO of the world’s most prominent boutique fashion PR company, People’s Revolution, representing clients from Longchamp, Valentino and Bulgari to Agent Provocateur and Vivienne Westwood. Having appeared on reality TV shows The Hills and The City, Kelly was given her own TV show, Kell on Earth, which followed her as she juggled the fashion industry with being a single mother. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller If You Have To Cry, Go Outside.

Marcus du Sautoy

Marcus is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, which is to say that he is responsible for the public perception of science here in the UK. A supremely important job, and no one is more fit to do it than du Sautoy. On top of having spoken at TED, he was awarded the Berwick Prize by the London Mathematical Society for the publication of outstanding mathematical research, and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) last year. He is the author of three popular science bestsellers.

Rory Sutherland

Rory is one of the most powerful men in marketing. Educated at Cambridge, he went on to become the Executive Creative Director and Vice-Chairman of OgilvyOne, and the Vice-Chairman of the overall Ogilvy Group. His revolutionary views of marketing and behavioural economics have led him to speak at TED twice already, and he has been elected the next President of the IPA (the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising).

Aubrey de Grey

Aubrey is the world leader in regenerative therapies for ageing, a theoretician in the field of gerontology, and Chief Scientific Officer of the SENS Foundation, dedicated to the exploring rejuvenation biotechnologies. His progress in the field and a contentious belief that someone alive today will live to be 1,000 years old (not to mention his long, brown, bushy beard) have got him speaking at TED twice in the past six years.

Chris Goodall

Chris is a consultant to Enders Analysis, the UK’s leading media research business. He specialises in regulatory and public policy issues and spent much of the last year advising Enders clients on the bid by News Corporation to buy the pay television company BSkyB. He is a former member of the Competition Commission, the investigative section of the UK’s antitrust authority. He is also one of the UK’s leading writers on energy and the environment.

Mike Soutar

Mike is the founder and CEO of ShortList Media, one of the most innovative and revolutionary magazine publishers in the world. A major player in the publishing industry, having previously been a key part of the FHM and Maxim brands, Soutar is a champion of the 'freemium' model: creating value by making things free.

Alan McGee

As founder of Creation Records, Alan McGee worked with influential bands like Oasis, Primal Scream, Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, and many more.  He's also managed artists like the Libertines and the Kills.  These days he's more engaged by chaos magicians than musicians, examining the works of thinkers like Alistair Crowley, Peter J. Carroll, and Austin Osman Spare. McGee is also currently working on both film and art projects, as well as appearing at regular DJ gigs around the world.

Vidal Sassoon

Claire Crazier of OK! Magazine said in 1994: “There’s a name that’s so pervasive worldwide that it ranks up there with Coca-Cola, Levi’s and McDonald’s. It’s a name so integral to contemporary culture that it merits four Trivial Pursuit questions and a listing in the Harper/Collins’ English Dictionary. That name is Vidal Sassoon.” Vidal is the man behind British hair. Having opened the first chain of worldwide hair styling salons, and created a world-wide brand of hair styling products, a film documenting his remarkable life by the name of Vidal Sassoon: The Movie was released in 2010.

Charles Roberts

Charles, an entrepreneur with a background in medicine, is shaking up industry with his new business Greeenstar.org. Having recently been presented the Frost & Sullivan 'Growth, Innovation & Leadership' award following his talk at TED about Greeenstar, he is a passionate innovator who's really changing the world

Rachel Felder

Rachel is a New York based writer, brand consultant, and expert on trends and style. Her work has appeared in outlets like People, Rolling Stone, The New York Observer, Travel and Leisure, New York, AOL, nytimes.com, and many more. She is author of Manic Pop Thrill, a book examining the connection between music and style, and co-author with Coach's Reed Krakoff for the book Fighter. She is currently working on a novel about her misspent youth in the music industry.

Organizing team


London, United Kingdom
  • Rannald Sim
  • Apoorva Thakur
  • Holly Youlden
  • Owen Campbell-Moore
  • Michael Brodsky
  • Andrew Campbell-Black
  • Katy Fallon
  • James Rowland
  • Xan Varcoe
  • Isabelle Fraser
  • Olivia Cooley
  • Jacob Haddad
  • Simon Kempner
  • Henry Clack
  • Tope Odusanya
  • Hannah Polonsky
  • Victoria Princewill