TEDxAstonUniversity is the official name of the TEDx family of Aston University in Birmingham, UK. It was founded at the start of 2013 by a group of university students and staff who had a vision of creating a platform to share innovative ideas in Birmingham and across the West Midlands region.
For almost a decade, the TEDxAstonUniversity team continue to bring together bright minds who share insightful ideas for progress in areas such as inclusivity, education, empowerment, growth, personal development, technological advances, wellbeing, and success within our region and the world.
This year, we are excited to share ideas from people with diverse backgrounds under the theme of ‘carousel’ which aims to celebrate triumphs and reflects on tribulations. The theme provides an opportunity to share ideas on how people have developed new and innovative ways of working and living, overcoming difficulties, creating human connections, dealing with tragedy and also celebrating our vast humanness (post pandemic).
For the first time in history, our city will host the Commonwealth Games which will bring over a million people from 71 countries right to our doorstep. The multifaceted carousel theme showcases the values which revolve around the ethos of the Commonwealth theme “of delivering a common future” which highlights how the members in the Commonwealth family are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’. Just as a carousel revolves around a pole with a bearing at the top which bears the entire weight of the structure, we as humans are united by humanity, borne from the earth which bears all the weight of this world. It becomes a better place when we realise that all of us are in this together as one, regardless of race, religion, colour, and origin. This year’s event by TEDxAstonUniversity aims to give a solid, wonderful, and unforgettable experience which will be a memory that people will cherish for a lifetime, just like an experience of riding a carousel as a child. We also intend on hiring an actual carousel for the day!