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Welcome to The 2019 Conference


TEDx Newcastle University 2019, with the theme of ‘Build A Better Future’ looks to connect our present with the possibilities ahead. This year’s conference will see 10 speakers take the stage as they share their vision for what the future should be. Making the conference a truly impactful event, you will also gain access to several workshops that will allow you to build new contacts, have some fun and test your brain power. Come join us for a memorable day of networking and possibilities as we explore ideas truly worth sharing.



Check out the speakers and their talks here! We will slowly update you with more speakers so please keep your eye on the page for updates!

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Speaker 1 - Michael Taylor

Why it’s okay to like money

We are taught from an early age that it’s wrong to like money. A healthy relationship with money and an understanding of personal finance is in everyone’s interests. You don’t need to be rich to invest in the stock market. Everyone can (and should, situation permitting) invest in stocks.

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Speaker 3 - Mercy Oluwafemi

Performing at 100% you

How can we minimize distractions and strive to perform at peak best? We are often competing with various things that seeks our attention so how can we maximize our time and be more effective in doing all that we do. My talk will draw on personal experience, personal motivators as well as research on increasing efficiency, performing at 100% and building a better future.

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Speaker 4 - Louise Thompson

Ethics in Automation

When they rule the world, will machines be benevolent leaders?  Returner to the North East and founder of TaylorThompson Commercial Limited,  Louise Thompson reminds us who is in charge and what our responsibilities are in a look at ethics in automation. 

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Speaker 7 - Ramtin Mehraram

The Electrical Activity of the Brain: A New Way to Diagnose Dementia

Ramtin’s experience from studying his PhD in Neuroscience is the centre piece for his talk on Building a Better Future. Ramtin’s goal in his research, and through his TEDx Talk, is to identify ways of detecting electrical activity in the brain, to allow new ways of diagnosing dementia, specifically Lewy Bodies, and make them available to the public.

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Speaker 8 - Martin Hylton

Technology in Dance

I’m Martin Hylton I am an ex dance performer with over 35 years of experience performing with some of the best contemporary dance companies in Europe. I am now Artistic Director of my own arts organisation in Gateshead. I am going to tell you what no dance school wants you to hear, everyone can dance. The main body of my talk will centre around the core principles which I use to deliver dance practice and education across all age groups and all levels, ranging from professional and young Gifted and Talented dancers to 50+ adults who have never danced a step in their lives.

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Speaker 10 - Duncan Yellowlees

Tell More Stories

Once upon a time...Words familiar to many, they are part of our social consciousness, but why are they so powerful? In a world dominated by technology where "communications" means everything from satellites and ultrafast internet to making "killer content" in a hipster marketing office, maybe it’s time to take a step back. Join presentation expert and tale teller Duncan Yellowlees to hear how getting back to our communication roots, just may be the way forward. Share the true power of storytelling and realise that understanding our obsession with this ancient craft can be a force for good.


09:30 - Registration

10:30 - Welcome and Introduction

11:00 - Speaker 1 - Michael Taylor

11:15 - Speaker 2

11:30 - Marcus Tham (music performance)

11:45 - Speaker 3 - Mercy Oluwafemi

12:00 - Speaker 4 - Louise Thompson

12:15 - Ted Talk Video 1

12:30 - Lunch break

13:45 - Jon Pearson - Stand Up Comedy

14:00 - Speaker 5

14:15 - Speaker 6

14:30 - Speaker 7 - Ramtin Mehraram

14:45 - Ted Talk Video 2

15:00 - Tea Break

15:45 - Speaker 8 - Martin Hylton

16:00 - Speaker 9

16:15 - Speaker 10 - Duncan Yellowlees

16:30 - special act

16:45 - Thanks and Close

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Find us

Located in the heart of Newcastle city, a stones throw away from the main shopping centre of Eldon Square and Northumberland Street, Newcastle University can be easily accessed via metro, bus, car or even walk. Due to parking constraints, it is best to travel by metro, the nearest station being Haymarket. For those taking the bus, Haymarket Barras Bridge Bus Stop is right in front of the university. If you are driving down, use the pincode NE1 7RU to find Newcastle University.

Once in the university, our friendly volunteers and signposts will guide you to King’s Hall, located inside Armstrong Building.


Parking locations


Our Sponsors


Newcastle University

We are a world-leading university, advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions and solving global problems.

Newcastle University Website


Newcastle University Students’ Union

Ran for students, by the students NUSU cares about student issues. As well as our hard work to put on events and keeping you fed, we also care about making a meaningful difference to the student experience.

NUSU Website


Get Film

The Getfilm promise: We don’t need to brag about the awards our directors have won. We just focus on achieving quality results for you. Each video is created to meet your individual requirements. Our Head of Production will create a detailed brief with you, to ensure the video meets your requirements, then we deliver. As video experts, we won’t bore you with technical details on how we’ll produce your film, unless you ask. We will simply deliver a quality video on time and on budget. Your video is important to you and we guarantee to deliver your first draft within 48 hours of the shoot.

One thing about GetFilm is that we care about what we do. We pride ourselves on being socially responsible, whenever possible. Our focus on electric vehicles means we are a completely green company. We are also always on the lookout for fresh new talent to join our team of filmmakers. We take on apprentices and graduates, and pay all of our staff a fair living wage.

Get Film Website

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THAT Branding Company

THAT Branding Company is a leading Creative Agency in the North East covering Newcastle, Durham and beyond. From Identity / Branding Design to large scale E-commerce websites, 3D rendering and print design, we cover all your design needs. TEDxNewcastleUniversity approached us here at THAT Branding Company to provide all the creative materials, including a fantastic new website and conference design! Enjoy!

THAT Branding Company Website

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Careers Service

Whether you're looking for a graduate career, starting your own business or embarking on further study, Newcastle University's award-winning Careers Service can provide advice and support. Our services include planning your career market your skills and experience in CVs, Applications & LinkedIn profiles develop enterprise skills or start a business find placements, internships or work experience prepare for interviews and assessment centres find jobs and postgraduate courses build up your contacts and networks.

Careers Service Website


NCL+ Student Initiative Fund

Supported by alumni donations, the Student Initiative Fund (SIF) is available to students and recent graduates who are looking for funding to run student-led extracurricular projects. As well as a grant, the Student Initiative Fund offers support, expertise and advice from the Careers Service and Students' Union to help you develop your project.

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Our Partners



TryLight specialise in the hire of Audio-Visual equipment and full production management for events. We are based in the North East of England and offer our services locally but also nationwide. Our passionate and experienced team will work with you throughout all stages of planning and developing your event. We will work with you to create the vision that you have for your event, and we will put forward any great ideas of our own to help you achieve the high quality, stand out event that your delegates deserve. Here at Trylight Productions Ltd, we love what we do, we love working with new people, creating new events, and most importantly we love rolling out the most successful events possible.

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We are the TV branch of Student Media. Our University is highly credited for our media output, with The Courier, Newcastle Student Radio and NUTV all producing fantastic material. If presenting, filming, editing or producing sound like your thing, then NUTV is for you. We want enthusiastic people to join our team so that we can continue to produce brilliant television

NUTV Website

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Newcastle University's inhouse catering operation and includes 16 cafes/restaurants, residential catering and an event catering business. We're committed to providing a great on-campus catering service for students, staff and visitors.

Our vision is to be the best university caterer in the country and we're constantly striving to develop our service to meet your needs. We provide a wide range of healthy, sustainable and fairtrade products in all of our outlets. Our numerous accreditations display our continued commitment to environmental and social responsibility. Our suppliers share our values.

Eat@Newcastle Website

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A Cappella Society

We are a group of unaccompanied singers made up of four ensembles, performing at various events throughout the year. Over the years we have competed at big events such as The Masters of Show Choir on London's West End and Sing: Ultimate A Cappella on Sky1. 

A Cappella Society Website


Feeling bold today? We're searching for volunteers to join our crew for the organisation of TEDxNewcastleUniversity Conference 2019. As a volunteer, you'll be assigned to one of our crew teams to help out on the day of the conference, from technical support to speaker hospitality to attendee engagement. You'll also gain free entry to the conference itself, to hear the inspiring talks we have lined up, and you'll get perks like a great TEDx crew T-shirt! We're looking for committed, engaging volunteers with an interest in new ideas and inspiring topics - a passion for TED is a plus!

Apply for one of the following positions that need to be filled for the upcoming preparation and execution of the TEDxNewcastleUniversity Conference, to be held on the 3rd of March 2019. The theme will be "Build a Better Future". Venue: Kings Hall.

The applications for volunteers will close at 23:59 on 10/02/2019 - please remember to complete and submit your application by this time or you will not be considered for the event.

TEDxNewcastleUniversity: 'Build a Better Future' Conference 2019 Volunteer Application Form

Name *
Date of Birth *
Date of Birth
Gender *
Are you a Newcastle University based Student? *
Are you a TEDxNewcastleUniversity Society member? *
What conference department can you assist with? *
Please indicate your second role preference here, if you have one. *
The TEDx Newcastle University conference will take place on March 3rd 2019. It is an all day event and your presence will be required throughout. In addition, we may request your attendance on February 24th 2019 for final touches if your role requires it. Do you confirm your availability for both dates? *
Thanks for applying to volunteer at TEDxNewcastleUniversity Conference 2019. Good Luck :)