12–18 November 2018


11 Mar 2014 –Tom O'leary, Head of Public Engagement and Learning

TEDxHousesofParliament is an annual event which features a range of incredible speakers giving the talk of their lives on the theme democracy and representation.

The next TEDxHousesofParliament will be taking place on 27 June 2014 at the QEII Centre in Westminster. Tickets go on sale on 17 March (although you can buy them from 14 March if you choose to pre-register) through Eventbrite.

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED which began life in 1984 as a conference for ideas worth spreading – where technology, entertainment and technology came together. Today, TED is a global community that showcases short talks on almost any subject in hundreds of different languages. The TED website features many of these talks by fascinating, knowledgeable and engaging speakers and they’re always worth watching. TEDx is a programme of events, using the TED model, created by independent organisers, including the Houses of Parliament.

As always, running a TEDx event is both an enormous privilege and a huge task. From confirming speakers to creating a memorable event for all those who come along, there is a lot to do, but it is incredibly worthwhile. For a start TEDxHousesofParliament is an opportunity to take a step back and hear different ideas about democracy and representation – what we should value, but also a critical look at what could be done better. TEDxHousesofParliament also offers a way for audiences who are interested in the world around them to think about and engage with the work of the Houses of Parliament.

We are slowly releasing the full list of speakers, but this year’s line-up will include a return from the brilliant Suli Breaks (who created this poem for last year’s event), as well as debuts from comedian Francesca Martinez and Conrad Wolfram – a mathematician, physicist and technologist. To whet your appetite about what’s to come, you can also see talks from 2012 and 2013 on our website. If you can’t come along to this year’s TEDxHousesofParliament you will be pleased to hear that all of the talks will again be available on our website shortly after the event.


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