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about TEDxChelmsford

October 19th 2017

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.

The date of the next TEDxChelmsford event will be October 19th 2017 and will be held at the Civic Theatre in central 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.

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, Geek, Technology expert, Author, 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..

Emma Knewstub Marketing Director

Emma Knewstub

Marketing  Director

Emma is responsible for all marketing and social media. As an expert in that area Emma runs her own compnay helping businesses get their message out.


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).

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

what people say

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

what people say

" Surpassed all my expectations
Tony Short

Get a ticket to TEDxChelmsford 2017.

If you have previously completed an expression of interest for tickets then you still need to buy your ticket here.

The event is being held on Thursday October 19th at the Civic Theatre in the city centre of 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.

Apply to Speak for the 2017 event.

Before applying to speak please read the speaker guidance notes on the TED website -here-. 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 speakers should tend to steer away from personal development and spiritual presentations but please feel to contact us to discuss your idea.

The event is being held on October 19th at the Civic Theatre in the city centre of Chelmsford and will be an all day event so you will need to be available for that day. The theme this year is Beneath the Surface and your 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.

The application process will close on June 30th so get your application in today and we will be in touch soon. If you have any questions then email speakers@tedxchelmsford.com and If you wish to apply to speak at TEDxChelmsford 2017 then please complete the form below filling in every field. Alternatively If you wish to submit your proposal as a document then please email a document containing a minimum of the items listed in the form and name the document with your name e.g. myname.doc (or .docx), to speakers@tedxchelmsford.com and with a subject line of 'Application'.

All applications will be reviewed and speakers may be contacted for further information. We will review the applications as they come in and may well invite you for a physical (or video) audition before the the close of applications on June 30th.

Please make sure you give us enough detail in the application to allow us to FULLY understand your proposal. Lack of information will make the selection process more difficult and could potentially rule you out of selection. If you need more space than the form permits then email your proposal as a document as mentioned above.

Apply to speak (anyone can, you only need a good idea to share)

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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