The theme of the event, which will take place at Staffordshire University’s Stoke-on-Trent campus, is “Thinking through Making” and any potential speakers with ideas worth spreading are being invited to pitch to a TEDx panel made up of movers and shakers in the region.
Chairing the panel for TEDxStaffordshireUniversity is Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Jones. He said: “As a civic university and an education hub, it’s a privilege for us to host this independently organised TEDx event at Staffordshire University and especially in The Catalyst building which is a thriving hub for knowledge exchange and sparking new and original ideas.”
“While this is an open call for TEDx speakers, we hope our selection process and the event will uncover people whose experiences and ideas fit the ‘thinking through making’ theme, some of which help make Staffordshire ‘the creative county’ and others with the potential to change the world.”
To apply, potential speakers are being asked to complete an application form and send in a three-minute video to pitch the idea for their presentation. TEDx talks should be less than 18 minutes long and delivered by a single presenter to fit the theme.
Earlier this year, Staffordshire University marketing lecturer Dr Joe Hazzam delivered a TEDx talk for the British University in Dubai to address some of the realities of engaging with the world via social media.
He said: “For me this was a career highlight that allowed me to share my ideas beyond academia to a worldwide audience. I am very excited that Staffordshire University is hosting TEDx and think the theme seems especially fitting for Stoke-on-Trent – the world capital of ceramics.”
The call for TEDxStaffordshireUniversity applications will close on Sunday 11 December and speakers confirmed following a meeting of the panel in January.
Tickets for the TEDxStaffordshireUniversity event on Wednesday 1st February will be made available to the public in the New Year when the full programme of speakers will be announced.
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