x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Where Ideas Cross

This event occurred on
March 5, 2011
10:00am - 7:15pm GMT
(UTC +0hrs)
Coventry, COV
United Kingdom

In 2008 TEDxWarwick became one of the first beta partners for an initiative TED was about to launch in March 2009. The team was able to accentuate those TED characteristics that everyone loves, and equally importantly find those characteristics that didn't quite translate to a smaller establishment setting. This resulted in the first TEDxWarwick conference. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience, where x=independently organized TED event.

We at TEDxWarwick have continually strived to deliver a platform that allows a diverse array of speakers, from physicists to management consultants, to present breakthrough ideas in less than 18 minutes. We offer an entirely new way of exchanging ideas where the engaging atmosphere allows any topic to be discussed with experts and non-experts alike. This makes TEDxWarwick not only a fascinating and exciting conference, but also a worthwhile one.

TEDx events are all about ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ and we hope that you will take this opportunity to exchange ideas with the speakers and the rest of the audience during the breaks. At TEDxWarwick, conventional rules about who can talk to who do not apply, so introduce yourself to as many people as you can; who knows, it might be the connection you were looking for to make your idea become reality.

Planning an event like this required drive and determination in order to bring TEDx to Warwick for you to experience. We hope TEDxWarwick 2011 will capture your imagination in the same way as TED does ours: that by harnessing the power of ideas we can be the change that we wish to see in the world. Enjoy the show, have fun, and make friends amidst a plethora of the world’s most cutting edge and captivating ideas.

The TEDxWarwick Team

L3 (Science Concourse Building)
The University of Warwick
Coventry, COV, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
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Tim Harford

Author of ‘The Undercover Economist’ and writer of weekly column in the Financial Times, ‘Dear Economist’. Recognised for his entertaining and light touch approach to economics, Tim Harford renders the ‘dismal science’ accessible to all by revealing the economic ideas that underlie everyday experiences.

Kevin Kallaugher

Editorial cartoonist for ‘The Economist’ magazine. Kevin Kallaugher’s recognizable cartoons have appeared in more than one hundred publications worldwide. He has won numerous awards throughout the past thirty years, including the Nast Prize in 2005 and the Gilray Goblet for Cartoon of the Year in 2004.

Noam Kostucki

Managing Director and Co-Founder at Seeducation, and Training Consultant at Directory of Social Change. Noam Kostucki has been giving training, coaching, and consulting to thousands of people from numerous organizations, including Yale University, HP, Tata, UnLtd, and the British Heart Foundation.

Dr. David Lloyd Owen

Dr. Owen is the founder and Managing Director of Envisager Limited. Dr. Owen is one of the world leading experts on the water and waste water industry, with over 20 years of experience in advising governments, corporations and investors on water related matters.

Mustafa Akyol

Mustafa Akyol is a Turkish writer and political commentator. He writes regular columns in the Turkish media and appears regularly on Turkish television. He occasionally writes for American newspapers and magazines as well. His forthcoming book, An Islamic Case for Freedom, will be published in early 2011.

Charlie Price

Charlie Price from the social enterprise Aquaponics UK, explores the role aquaponics can play in the future of our collective food supply. He provides an insight into both the applications for aquaponics but more specifically a new approach to urban agriculture, turning wastes into resources and transforming disused urban spaces to provide not only food, but resilient communities.

David Hargreaves

Professor David Hargreaves teaches at the Applied Music Research Centre at Roehmapton University. His recent interests include the development of musical preference and style sensitivity, the use of computers in music education, as well as peer collaboration in musical composition.

Gerd Leonhard

Gerd Leonhard is the CEO of TheFuturesAgency, and works as a futurist in the media, telecoms, technology, and communication industries. He focuses on a wide variety of industries, including music, content, social networking, broadcasting, virtual worlds, journalism, education, and tourism, to name just a few.

Caroline Fiennes

Caroline Fiennes is Executive Director of Global Cool, a highly innovative charity which encourages greener living. Global Cool doesn't presuppose that people are interested in carbon, climate or the environment. Instead, they 'sell' green lifestyle choices by making them appealing. They use social networking, film, fashion, music and entertainment to reach and inspire people to change, and highlight the fun, adventure and cost benefits of green lifestyles. Caroline 'grew up' in commercial marketing, and also has a strong background and interest in making charitable giving more effective. Caroline was honoured to be appointed a London Leader by the Mayor of London, and holds a Shackleton Foundation Leadership Award.

Michael McMahon

Dr. Michael McMahon is a macroeconomist who teaches both undergraduate and graduate level macroeconomics and applied econometrics at the University of Warwick. He is an advisory member for the UK Higher Education Academy's Economics Network - a body which promotes the more effective teaching of economics. He was employed by LSE and New York University, as well as the Bank of England and the Central Bank of Ireland.

Owen Daniel

Owen Daniel is a performer, entertainer and mathematician. At a young age he developed a passion for magic, leading him to be a finalist in the Magic Circle's Junior Close Up Competition at the age of 13. At 17 he set up Magico Theatre Company and directed two plays which went on to have sell out runs at the Edinburgh Festival in 2007 and 2008. For the last 4 years he has been studying mathematics at the University of Warwick during which his theatre career has been on hold, however he has been known to come out of hiding to do occasional shows and talks. He was most recently seen talking for Warwick's IATL group about teaching mathematics in a creative environment.

Organizing team


Coventry, United Kingdom


London, United Kingdom
  • Matthieu Baril
  • Sina Thieme
  • Quirin Kellner
  • Louisa Mottaz
  • Jason Rudowski
    Speakers Coordinator
  • Vlada Kolosyuk
    Speakers Deputy
  • Siraj Datoo
    Speaker Team
  • Whitney Leung
    Speakers Team
  • Reza Fazel
    Speakers Team
  • Amisha Kabra
    Speakers Team
  • Sarah Soon
    Speakers Team
  • Angela Tang
    Sponsorship Coordinator
  • Rahul Maheshwari
    Sponsorship Deputy
  • Tiffany Liow
    Sponsorship Team
  • Bix Pratchaya Sananvatananont
    Marketing Coordinator
  • Anna Maksymenko
    Marketing Deputy
  • Joseph Morgan
    Marketing Team
  • Anirudh Vijay
    Marketing Team
  • Tashan Mehta
    Marketing Team
  • Rozita Terlixidou
    Marketing Team
  • Rishabh Sethia
    Marketing Team
  • Karan Paintal
    Marketing Team
  • Louisa Lim
    Logistics Cooridnator
  • Nick Clayton
    Logistics Deputy
  • Siddgarth Iyer
    Logistics Team
  • Stephen Spence
    Logistics Team
  • Oliver Coleman
    Logistics team
  • Yazmyn Hashim
    Logistics Team
  • Jovana Ma
    Logistics Team
  • Katherine Carr
    Technical Coordinator
  • Luke Robert Mason
    Technical Consultant
  • Bart Van Merrienboer
  • Marcus Mo
  • James Melton Koessler
  • Kushal Ramma
    Sponsorship Team
  • Alexandra Moxon