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Theme: The Time is Now

This event occurred on
May 20, 2017
11:00am - 6:00pm BST
(UTC +1hr)
Birmingham, Birmingham
United Kingdom

On 20 May 2017 Aston University will host its third TEDx event. This year the theme of the event is “The Time is Now”. We are looking forward exploring “Time” as a precious resource of the 21st century and get inspired by the speakers talking about the importance of taking action now, not waiting for tomorrow or looking back at yesterday.

iCentrum, Innovation Birmingham Campus
6 Holt Street
Birmingham, Birmingham, B7 4BP
United Kingdom
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Dixon Jones

Marketing Director at Majestic
Since 2009 Dixon Jones is the Marketing Director of the world’s largest link analysis engine, Majestic. This is the transformation of SEO and digital world by providing link intelligence on a scale not previously open to the industry. Majestic got countless awards including best of breed search engine awards in the UK, USA and Europe, entry into the Deloitte technology Fast 50 list. In 2016 Majestic became the winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation. Dixon has the personal accolade of being a “UK Search Personality of the Year”. He has helped clients all over the world in all sectors – including national papers and international search engines themselves to understand their own search strategy.

Gary Hutt

Professional in High Performance Sport, CEO of Volleyscience
Openness, transparency, honesty and sharing are fundamental to Gary’s philosophy surrounding coaching and life. Gary’s current focus is on making knowledge from the sports sciences accessible to benefit the widest possible audience worldwide. As a strength and conditioning coach working across a handful of top universities in the United Kingdom, his professional development has taken place on the apex between the science and art of coaching. Based on this, he has a wealth of experience helping athletes competing across the full spectrum of performance levels from grassroots right up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in almost every sport you can think of! His work in the elite sport currently centres around supporting athletes in volleyball and disability sport to be physically prepared to reach their potential. In his talk Gary is going to be exploring the abundance of misinformation in the fitness industry.

Jodie Cook

Co-founder of Clever Tykes enterprise education storybooks and teaching resources. Owner of JC Social Media.
After starting a social media agency at the age of 22, Jodie Cook became fascinated with the childhood influences that encourage enterprise and entrepreneurship. This led to her co-creating Clever Tykes: a series of children’s storybooks that inspire positive, resourceful and creative behaviour in primary school children. In January 2017 Jodie, along with her Clever Tykes cofounder, secured sponsorship to gift the storybooks and teaching resources to all 23,000 primary schools in the United Kingdom and they are now determined to do this in every country. As part of her talk for TEDxAstonUniversity, Jodie will expose her ideas about enterprise education and how we can prepare the future generation for jobs that don’t exist yet. LinkedIn:

Joel Blake OBE

Multi award-winning Entrepreneur
Joel is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and diversity consultant. Born and bred in Birmingham, Joel has developed of 15 years experience in helping businesses and people to grow personally and commercially, whilst increasing social impact. He was awarded an OBE by the Royal Family in 2016 for Services to Business Support and Enterprise. In his talk, Joel will be sharing his process for turning your disadvantage into your advantage, to help you achieve success in your life and business Website : Linkedin :

Karen Newman

Founder and Director of Birmingham Open Media
Karen is Founder and Director of Birmingham Open Media (BOM). BOM is forging a new model of practice at the intersection of art, technology and science with measurable social impact. Together with the help of its Fellows, BOM tests pioneering ideas that investigate the transformative value of the arts across education, health and society. In her talk, Karen is going to explore the role art can play to solve the problems of our systematised and regimented society.

Katie Buckingham

Founder of Altruist Enterprises
Katie Buckingham is an award-winning social entrepreneur and Founder of Altruist Enterprises since 2013. She helps organisations to prevent, identify and tackle stress within workplaces. We are looking forward to welcoming Katie on the TEDxAstonUniversity stage where she will share her innovative idea about how to tackle mental health issues at the workplace! Irritated by the lack of awareness of mental health, Altruist Enterprises was formed to increase knowledge and encourage conversations around mental health. In 2014, Katie was invited to attend the prestigious 'Women of the Year Lunch' in honour of her work raising awareness and reducing the stigma attached to mental health. Katie has been featured in The Guardian and Evening Standard Newspapers and regularly blogs for the Huffington Post.

Masha Cheriakova

Program developer and coordinator Biz4All Social entrepreneurship Training Program Belarus; Co-founder and writer of Heta Belarus Dzietka
Masha Cheriakova is a social entrepreneur born in Belarus and grew up in the Netherlands. Her passion for social entrepreneurship and mission to promote Belarus has brought her to being the author of a bestselling book. Now Masha is the author of 4 books with 3 new ones coming in 2017. While being in Belarus, Masha has become United Nations innovation consultant. Now she is full-time consultant of a social entrepreneurship incubator project called Biz4All in Belarus managing a three-year education programme for 300 businesses. Masha's story is the way to show how one person can bring changes to a country and encourage its people to believe in themselves and take action. Willing to know how she found her passion and turned it into action? Join TEDxAstonUniversity on 20 May 2017.

Max Little

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) Mathematics Group, Aston University. TED speaker in 2012, TED Fellow. Visiting Associate Professor MIT Media Lab, Human Dynamics Group.
Professor Max Little is an applied mathematician with a background in computer sciences and statistics. He gave a talk at TEDGlobal Conference in 2012 on how to detect the symptoms of Parkinson's using a smartphone. The talk led to an overwhelming response of over 18, 000 participants for his research. Link to the talk: On the 20th May, Max Little will be talking about how computing, maths and artificial intelligence have changed over time and will change in the future. Max Little is a part of the TED Fellows program, which means he has been selected as one of the 400 international visionaries who are supported by TED and collaborate to create positive change around the world. He is best known for his multi-disciplinary research, which includes the use of telephones and smartphones to detect the symptoms of Parkinson's remotely. LinkedIn:

Ruth Page

Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics in the University of Birmingham
Ruth is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham in the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics. She spends her time teaching and writing about storytelling, especially focusing on the stories that people tell in social media contexts. She has written several books including Stories and Social Media, and was the lead author of the student textbook, Researching the Language of Social Media . Ruth enjoys working collaboratively, and led the Research Network, Transforming Thresholds (2012-14), which explored how museums could use their entrance spaces to improve visitor experience. She is the Editor of Discourse, Context & Media, and convenes BAAL’s Special Interest Group for Language and New Media. After having done a deep research Ruth will share with the audience the insights and power of storytelling in social media. It will definitely be a must listen talk, knowing the current power of social media for both business and personal purposes.

Sukhi Wahiwala

Founder and Director of Synergy Marketing Solutions, Investor, Mentor
Sukhi Wahiwala is a successful British born Sikh, who openly shares his business & spiritual knowledge from stages around the world. Schooled in business by his parents, with 7 generations of family business ancestry, he quickly became very successful. Drawing on his entrepreneurial qualities, early successes, psychological interpersonal skills & drive, Sukhi Wahiwala was able to build an established business empire. Sukhi's masterminded a unique methodology - "The SynaGus Power Method" creating clear step by step Strategic Growth Plans, reshaping bottom line profit & stability of thousands of companies, individuals, start up’s, coaches and consultants around the world. Recently In his TEDx Talk Sukhi Wahiwala will reveal how you can take control of your mind and harness laser-like focus to accomplish whatever you want. Facebook: Website:

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