Bristol Business School graduate organises UWE Bristol's first TEDx talk

Issue date: 22 January 2016


The University of the West of England's (UWE Bristol) Student Union is preparing to host the University's first TEDx talk, which will take place on Saturday 23rd January 2016, 11:00 – 16:00.

The event, which has been organised by Bristol Business School graduate, Adrian Pang, will see 10 guest speakers share their ideas on the subject of, 'The Innovative Attitude'. The speakers - who range from academics conducting ground-breaking research at UWE Bristol, to those impacting their local, and business, community with their innovation – will share in a celebration of the work and innovative ideas that are currently pushing the region, and the world, forward.

Speakers include: James Brown, registered blind Paralympian currently in training for Rio; Lindsay West co-presenting with James, founder of Values Coach UK; Mike Crooks, Head of Innovation at Mubaloo; Tony Parraman Head of Sponsor Liaison at Bloodhound SSC; Kath Cockshaw, expert in economic and environmental sustainability, Dr Jonathan Winfield, senior researcher at the Bristol Bioenergy Centre; Jim Duffy, CEO of Entrepreneurial Spark; Poku Osei, founder of Babbasa Youth Empowerment Projects CIC; Joe Ryan, founder and CEO of VRgo; Ze Nunes, founder of MACH Acoustics and DrSanja Dogramadzi, designer of smart medical robotics.

Adrian, says, "The inspiration to curate the first TEDx at UWE Bristol, stemmed from attending a series of exceptional talks, held on the TED platform. My own experience of TED talks and TEDx highlighted the wide variety of topics that could be tapped into, and the potential for global reach the talks had. It is my greatest intention to share my exciting TEDx experience, with the hope to inspire others to think differently.

“During my final year of my Business Management degree I attended TEDx Teen in London, which motivated me to bring TEDx to my University. I hope to develop a TEDx platform that foregrounds UWE Bristol students, in order to engage other students, staff, communities in Bristol and the South West, as well as the global TEDx network, to create further awareness of important ideas.

“The journey leading up to this weekend has been extremely demanding but incredible, and has included pitching for the TEDx license, gaining funding, building relationships with partners and securing sponsors, whilst simultaneously attracting speakers, building a core TEDx UWE Bristol Team, and resurrecting the UWE Entrepreneurs Society around TEDx UWE.”

The event itself has now sold out, but for those interested in attending this, or future events, please visit, or the TEDx UWE Bristol Facebook page, where any announcements regarding ticket cancellations and future talks, will be made.

For more information, please visit the UWE Bristol Events pages.

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