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Stoke-on-Trent to become an online hit as college hosts TEDx Event

Online phenomenon TED Talks which has featured speakers from Bill Gates to Bono is set to feature top speakers from Stoke-on-Trent as the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College prepares to host local version TEDx .

Ticket sales have been going well since they were released a month ago for the full day event called ‘Facing The Future’ which takes place at the Leek Road campus on Saturday December 3rd and runs from 10am until 4pm.

Seen by millions of online viewers worldwide, TED Talks originally covered the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design (hence ‘TED’) and it is hoped TEDxStoke2016 will give an international audience to inspiring local speakers and help raise the profile of the City.

The event is the brainchild of Sixth Form College tutor David Murray, who together with a 10-strong team of organisers sifted through applications from more than 30 speakers to create an exciting programme of talks covering topics as diverse as dementia, asylum seekers, usage of the English language and medical engineering.

David Murray, curator of the event, said: “TED is a big name online now and many of its talks have gone viral, which is why we applied for a licence to host a TEDx because it offers a wonderful opportunity to put on a world class event here in Stoke-on-Trent.

“For centuries Stoke has been a place of innovation and we have brought together some of our best forward-thinking people to give dynamic and inspiring talks which we hope will create a vibrant and fun day for everyone.

“Obviously being a TEDx event, TEDxStoke2016 will be professionally filmed and the talks made available online at, and on the TED and TEDx YouTube channels.

“Hopefully this will spread the word about some of the amazing things happening and the amazing people we have here in Stoke-on-Trent.”

TEDxStoke2016 will feature 12 speakers including:

  • Sally Smith – Founder of Sanctus St Marks, a support group for refugees and asylum seekers in Shelton and Longton, Stoke on Trent. Her work giving sanctuary to men, women and children of all faiths or none hit national headlines earlier in the year.
  • James Adams – Founder of 3 charitable ventures; The Cancer Awareness in Teenagers and Young Adults Society, using innovative methods to raise awareness of cancer symptoms in teenagers, Pregnancy Twinning’ to improve maternal health in Malawi and this year James is setting up a centre in Stoke to offer holistic care for disadvantaged people.
  • Dot Gillespie – Director of Care Services at the Donna Louise Trust. Dot’s talk will focus on how young people facing life-limiting conditions plan for their future, share their experiences and let their voices be heard.
  • Peter Ogrodnik – Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Keele University, a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Engineering Designers, a Fellow (regional) of the Royal Society of Medicine, and an Honorary Consultant at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. Peter has worked on the application of engineering design principles to medical devices, with a particular focus on fixing broken legs.
  • Harry Bradford – A Forensic Linguistic Consultant and former Sixth Form College student, he works on legal cases where the true identity or emotional state of a writer needs to be determined. This can involve decoding texts or online posts to work out who wrote them and what their state of mind was at the time.

Tickets for TEDxStoke2016 are on sale at priced £30 including lunch, refreshments and entertainment from local musicians.

More information about the event can be found at and on the TEDxStoke2016 Facebook page.

Anyone interested in studying at the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College can log on to or call 01782 848736.

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