SOLD OUT! TEDxSouthampton set to be a big success

TEDxSouthampton, which will feature 12 outstanding speakers in a live, all-day event at the city’s Harbour Hotel next Tuesday (Oct 12), is a sell-out.

The organisers, sponsors and speakers have had one final get together at the offices of legal sponsor BDB Pitmans to put in place last minute preparations for the big day, which has proved to be the hottest ticket in town.

TEDxSouthampton has the theme of Human to Human Connection – embracing innovation, being connected and personal potential – the “X” denoting that the event is independently organised. So, having submitted their ideas and experience, the TED organisation allows the local team to deliver an event with their blessing.

Lee Peck, the License Holder and Co-Curator of TEDxSouthampton, said: “With just a few days to go the team is absolutely buzzing and the reaction from the local community has been brilliant.”

Lead sponsor is Aura Technology, which delivers proactive IT services for businesses. Performance sponsor is Southampton’s world-class Mayflower Theatre, the fourth largest in the UK. Legal sponsor is major law firm BDB Pitmans with offices in London, Cambridge, Reading and Southampton.

TEDxSouthampton Co-curator Annelies James said: “Featuring 12 hand-picked speakers and performers, the event will seek to inspire and create discussion around all elements of our theme: Human to Human Connection. I think it’s fair to say the topics have never been more relevant as the pandemic engulfed the world.

“We’ll be asking some important questions like ‘how can we embrace our personal capital and be more vulnerable, showcasing our human side?’, ‘how can we challenge ourselves, overcome adversity and champion our own growth and potential?’ and ‘how can we recognise and tap into the greatness that comes from being human?’.”

Originally planned for 2020, TEDxSouthampton was postponed ensuring that the event would be run live. Debbie Parsons-Randle, Sales Director of the venue sponsor, Southampton Harbour Hotel, said: “For me, the TEDx event is all about the audience and that real and spontaneous interaction. Over the years our venue has hosted some outstanding events and to be adding a TEDx event to that list is a real thrill.”

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