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about TEDxChelmsford

May 9th 2019

TEDxChelmsford is an independently organised event licensed from TED by Chelmsford based Mark Davies and organised by the TEDxChelmsford team. If you would like to become involved in organising the event then please feel free to contact us and tell us how you can help and what you love about TED and TEDx. email IWantToHelp@Tedxchelmsford.com

The date of the next TEDxChelmsford event will be May 9th  2019 and will be held at the New Hall School Boreham, Chelmsford. We are working hard to build the team, work with and develop partners and sponsors and in finding amazing ideas from great speakers to share with everyone in Chelmsford. If you know a great idea that needs to get heard then please let us know or get the person with the idea to contact us at speakers@tedxchelmsford.com. WE already have some great talks lined up and speakers will be revealed over the next few weeks.

The TEDxChelmsford mission, like the TED mission, is to propagate Ideas Worth Spreading; to inform and inspire. Our specific vision for TEDxChelmsford is to make it the leading annual platform for the propagation of great ideas, storytelling, creativity and actionable innovation to the rest of the Essex and the East of England; to create and foster a sense of community amongst the people and organisations who have gathered (and continue to gather) around this event; to provide a cultural focus and impetus for conversation and debate.

Meet the team

Mark Davies Licence Holder

Mark Davies

Licence Holder

Speaker Coach, Geek, Technology Expert, TEDxChelmsford organiser. Husband and Dad of 4 amazing children who make me smile. http://thevirtualitdirector.com

David Saxon Operations Director

David Saxon

Operations Director

David joined the TEDxChelmsford team for its inaugural year, and keeps coming back for more - he either loves it, or doesn't know when to quit..

Sarah Davies Marketing Director

Sarah Davies

Marketing  Director

Sarah is responsible for all marketing and social media. With many years of knowing what works in social media Sarah manages all aspects of the TEDxChemsford messaging.


about TED

TED is a US based not-for-profit enterprise devoted to the propagation of Ideas Worth Spreading. TED started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment & Design. Started as a four-day conference in California 28 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende, Elon Musk and former UK prime minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.

TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED's stage. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organised events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.

About TEDx
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised (subject to certain rules and regulations).

The Speakers

Andy Ramage Speaker

Andy Ramage


Co-founder OneYearNoBeer, author, entrepreneur and behavioural change expert. Andy is a former professional athlete, who after injury cut short his career he went on to co-create two multimillion-dollar city brokerages. Andy was left unfit, unhealthy, overweight, stressed and unhappy. He believed there had to be another way to be successful while staying super fit, healthy, maintaining a happy home life and doing it with a smile on his face. So he set out on a quest and as part of this process, Andy took a break from alcohol. It was this experience that helped him unlock the behavioural change code and revitalise his business and life.

Su Harrison Speaker

Su Harrison


A regular Leicester girl, doing a regular job until one day a radio bloke said “you talk a lot and make people laugh, why don’t you try presenting” I thought about it for a split second and then thought what woman wouldn’t want to talk for four hours and get paid for it, that was the start of my 18 years of broadcasting on Essex Fm and Heart as it’s now known. Every morning getting up at 4.30am to go to work and have fun on the radio, I can honestly say it’s the best job in the world. http://tedxchelmsford.com

Neil Mapes Speaker

Neil Mapes


He is co-founder and CEO of Dementia Adventure. He is a Clore Social Fellow, RSA Fellow, an Honorary Research Fellow with the University of Worcester and was selected by an expert panel of judges at NESTA and the Observer newspaper as one of “Britain’s New Radicals” – 50 people and organisations changing Britain for the better. Neil has a background in clinical psychology, dementia advocacy and adventure travel. http://tedxchelmsford.com

Tom Jepson Speaker

Tom Jepson


With a self-confessed obsession in how things work and understanding human behaviour, Tom bridges the technical, analytical, and creative. Professionally, Tom has supported hundreds of businesses, from start-ups to FTSE 100 global enterprises in their endeavour to succeed online. He is also an educator for the UK's Department of International Trade, multiple regional growth hubs, and collaborates with a number of UK universities, delivering guest lectures to a range of students. Tom is a director at Footprint Digital, a husband, and the proud father of two beautiful girls; the centre of his world http://tedxchelmsford.com

Clare Morris Speaker

Clare Morris


Clare is a co-founder of RETHINK Partners, an innovation and transformation consultancy which is uniquely placed to connect people, services and tech for social good Her extensive knowledge of the NHS, local government, academia, and the private and voluntary sectors means I can help organisations uncover opportunities for transformation from a range of perspectives – weaving in digital innovations where there are clear benefits. http://tedxchelmsford.com

Thomas Rowson Speaker

Thomas Rowson


As a digital marketer, broadcaster, and historian, Thomas is both fascinated and concerned by how and where we consume our information and knowledge. In today’s political climate, and with the proliferation of digital giving us data on demand, this is arguably more important than it has ever been before. Thomas is regularly involved in educating and training, be that with student radio presenters across the UK or on behalf of government departments to help businesses grow, believing education is the foundation of everything. He’s also quite tall. http://tedxchelmsford.com

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what people say

" I really enjoyed the day, diversity of speakers and the event was well organised throughout

what people say

" #TEDxChelmsford did the TED brand justice today. Amzing event and quite emotional in parts.
Paul Wright

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" Just at home from an amazing day in Chelmsford, haven't stopped talking about the fantastic speakers #TEDxChelmsford.
Shryl Martin

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" Surpassed all my expectations
Tony Short

Get a ticket to TEDxChelmsford 2019.

Tickets are on sale now

The event is being held on Thursday May 9th at New Hall School in Boreham, Chelmsford and will be an all day event so you will need to be there all day or at least most of it. It is a weekday and in some years people have not made that connection until they have got a ticket so you will need to be able to attend all day on a Thursday. - A note about security of the TEDxChelmsford website - This site does not use SSL to encrypt your payment data because we do not collect any for your payments. All payments are managed through the Universe website (this is the ticket purchase box which pops up) The Universe site is fully encrypted and all your transactions are secured. If you prefer to do the purchase directly on the Universe site then you can do so using this --link here--

Share an idea for the 2019 event.

We are not looking for speakers, we are looking for IDEAS and as ideas can't speak on their own we are also looking for someone to share them.

A TEDx talk is not a rework or rehash of a previously presented speech or keynote, it is an idea that is new or challenging and needs to be heard. There are few subjects that a TEDx would not like to hear about so ideas should tend to be outside of personal development or spiritual themes but please feel to contact us to discuss the idea.

The event is being held on May 9th at New Hall SChool Boreham, Chelmsford and will be an all day event so the speaker will need to be available for that day. As we had to postpone last years event so we are sticking with the theme of Consequences and the talk needs to somehow link to that theme. Please consider however that the theme is only loosely linked to the talk and should not be the sole focus. I always consider that the theme is a thin thread of cotton that links all the days talks and not a main overiding subject.

Please make sure you give us enough detail in the application to allow us to FULLY understand the idea . Lack of information will make the selection process more difficult and could potentially rule you out some ideas from selection. Email speakers@tedxchelmsford.com

Press enquiries

All press requests should be sent to Mark Davies (media@tedxchelmsford.com). Mark Davies is the official spokesperson for TEDxChelmsford. Please note that TEDx event organizers are not able to speak for the TED Conference

Any inquiry regarding TED should be sent to:

Melody Serafino

TEDx Media Liaison


While we appreciate any coverage, we kindly ask that all journalists and/or bloggers be respectful of the difference between the TED and TEDx brands.

The ‘x’ in ‘TEDx’ stands for “independently organized events.” Any headline or text which implies “TED” is coming to Chelmsford is misleading.

For more information on TEDx, visit http://www.ted.com/tedx