x = independently organized TED event

Theme: “This much I know.”

This event occurred on
November 4, 2011
7:00pm - 11:00pm GMT
(UTC +0hrs)
London, LND
United Kingdom

TEDxTeddington was a celebration of science, art, music and humanity. The twelve speakers included scientists from the National Physical Laboratory; an Emmy Award winning film maker; Teddington staff; and exceptional students past and present. The event was sold out, and the attendees were simply astonished by what was presented on the night.

The past student speakers included Hannah Simpson, Charlotte Stevens and Suzie Wright. Current students included Hester Folley, Arthur Vie, and Talor Hanson. Talks ranged from personal stories with musical performances; to the visualization of time through photography; to live drawing of anime characters. The conference was honoured to have talks by world experts from the National Physical Laboratory Andrew Hanson (on the science of colour), and Michael De Podesta (on making the world’s most accurate thermometer) as well as breathtakingly beautiful videos from film maker David Baillie’s work in Antarctica for the series Frozen Planet currently airing on the BBC

Months in the planning, the event was organized by Teddington School not only as a hugely entertaining and educational event, but as an opportunity to coach and mentor students so that they could speak and perform on equal footing with world class speakers on an adult stage. TEDxTeddington represents the original educational thinking and high ambition of the school that has accompanied its move into its spectacular new building in September 2010.

TEDxTeddington received lead sponsorship from local business Baseone; corporate sponsorship from RM and Toshiba; and information sharing sponsorship from UK Parliament, which is organizing their own TEDxHousesofparliament in June 2012.

TEDxTeddington organizer Dr Edmond Hui said:
“Speakers, organizers, sponsors and audience alike were astonished at the quality of the presentations. Feedback from attendees was universally complimentary- ‘extraordinary… inspirational… brilliant!’.”

Teddington School
Broom Rd
Teddington, Middlesex
London, LND, TW11 9PJ
United Kingdom
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Andrew Hanson CPhys

'Colour is Crazy!' Andrew Hanson was a Senior Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory measuring colour for 22 years until he added skills developed to cope with amateur theatre and rock band management to enable his current job of running NPL’s Outreach Programme. He was Chairman of the Colour Group of Great Britain 2009-2011, has served on numerous international committees and built a machine to measure the shininess of cats.

Michael DePodesta MBE

'Cool Sound' Michael de Podesta was lecturer in Physics at Birkbeck College and University College London until the year 2000. Since then has worked at the National Physical Laboratory, mainly on projects to do with temperature. Currently he is building the most accurate thermometer ever made, but also works on other tricky problems, like measuring the temperature under the wheel of a train travelling at 100 m.p.h. In his spare time he runs a spectacular Physics course for the public called Protons for Breakfast.

Edmond Hui PhD

'Oh!' Ed Hui trained as a marine biologist, but has wide-ranging interests. He has published research on sex and violence in barnacles, contributed to biology and physics textbooks, as well as written books on paper aeroplanes. He is currently the Network Manager at Teddington School, which means that he's responsible if anything goes wrong with the computers. When time permits he teaches guest lessons in science, and is the school's resident karate instructor.

Richard T Weeks MBA Ed

'Shut Up! Richard T Weeks, head of Teddington School, has been a head teacher for 15 years. Since 2005 he has also been the driving force behind the team that designed and built the stunning new building which opened in September 2010. His poignant, funny, and always thoughtful weekly blog brings the community straight to the heart of his school.

David Baillie

'A bus, a bottle and a penguin' David Baillie is an Emmy award winning cinematographer. He is one of the pioneers of high definition aerial wildlife photography, having worked on major BBC documentaries such as David Attenboroughs “Challenges of Life”. He is a veteran of several Antarctic expeditions, including the last voyage of HMS Endurance.

Hannah Simpson

'Not giving up' Hannah Simpson was an outstanding student at Teddington School. She is a cellist, pianist and dancer, but above all loves to sing. She played the character of Chiffon in the recent school musical 'Little Shop of Horrors'. Her hauntingly beautiful performance of the Dylan classic ‘Make You Feel My Love’ to her own accompaniment opened last year’s Year 11 leaving assembly.

Arthur Vie

'Time' Arthur Vie is a scientist and year 10 student at Teddington School. When Arthur says he's interested in all manner of things, including clocks and rockets, he doesn’t mean he’s just interested, he means he actually makes clocks and rockets.

Suzie Wright

'Travels in Mexico' Ex Teddington student Suzie Wright now studies at Richmond College. Having mastered flute, keyboards and guitar, Suzie discovered her passion for percussion and is one of the most natural, exciting and hard working musicians to have passed through the school.

Charlotte Stevens

'Kaiya's World' Ex Teddington student Charlotte Stevens now studies at Esher College. Her earliest memory of a birthday present was a set of felt pens and paper; since then drawing has been her passion. In recent years she has immersed herself in creating Manga characters and stories.

Keith Yarker

'The Importance of Art' Keith Yarker is an inspirational teacher and master of many artistic styles. He can, with equal ease, inspire a student with the discipline of fine botanical drawing, or create large scale Turneresque canvasses with a decorator's brush and emulsion. In his spare time he is an Assistant Head Teacher and Head of the Arts College at Teddington School.

Hester Folley

'Easy is Boring' Hester Folley is a Year 10 student at Teddington School. Her teachers describe her as having an extraordinary ear for music and a beautiful voice; she played the piano and sang at the opening ceremony for the new school.. She describes herself as a keen basketball and tennis player.

Talor Hanson

'Wires' Actress and singer Talor Hanson is a Year 10 student at Teddington School and has appeared in the Royal Opera House productions of La Bohème, Hansel and Gretel, and Cunning Little Vixen in which she sang a solo. She played the lead (Audrey) in the recent school production of Little Shop of Horrors.

Organizing team


London, United Kingdom
  • Kevin Watling
    Assistant Head