TEDxFolkestone to return in 2018

TEDxFolkestone is returning after a successful inaugural event and the search is on for Kent people who want to share their inspirational stories and insight as part of the 2018 event.

The theme of this year’s event is: ‘Courage to step beyond’, whether in life or business and potential speakers have until 1 March to apply to be part of TEDxFolkestone.

The organisers of TEDxFolkestone have set themselves the challenge of hosting an event that champions inspiration, innovation, collaboration and leadership across the community and Kent businesses. 

Liú Batchelor, the Folkestone-based coach and project leader, and a committee of like-minded professionals is organising TEDxFolkestone and sharing the global TEDx mission of self-organised events that highlight ideas worth spreading.

Liú Batchelor, said: “The area is synonymous with courage from the past but also the present. We want TEDxFolkestone to showcase the inspirational people that live in this part of Kent and beyond, and give them the opportunity to share their ideas and stories.

“With courage, people can push past the boundaries created by fear to achieve extraordinary things, and discover that they possess almost unlimited potential to achieve. With courage, we can all reach beyond our comfort zone, to develop and grow.

“Ideas are needed to fuel innovation in today’s fast-changing world. They can come from anywhere, and anyone.”

In addition to more accomplished speakers, TEDxFolkestone is a platform for ‘unheard voices’. Those who apply to speak will be invited to attend development workshops, including sessions with last year’s speakers, who will answer any queries and offer inspiration and advice. 

Speaker applicants for TEDxFolkestone should visit www. for more info, or email Hello@TEDxFolkestone.com

Anyone interested in submitting a talk idea for TEDxFolkestone should contact Hello@TEDxFolkestone.com and check out website/social media links.

TEDxFolkestone 2018 will be held at the Quarterhouse, Mill Bay, Folkestone on Saturday 23 June. 

The final programme of speakers for TEDxFolkestone will be unveiled in March.




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Notes to Editors

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

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.