Newcastle to host TEDx technology, entertainment and design conference

Thinking Digital is bringing TEDx, world leader in technology, entertainment and design conferences, back to the region

Professor Sugata Mitra
Professor Sugata Mitra

Professor Sugata Mitra, the Newcastle University professor inspired the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, will be one of the headline acts when TEDx comes back to the North East next month.

TEDx – the global conferences showcasing leading technology, entertainment and design – returns to Newcastle on June 8 in a one-day event organised by Newcastle University and Thinking Digital Limited.

The event brings together a mix of speakers from academia, business and practice, who are passionate about research and discovery, to take delegates on their personal journeys from laboratory bench, to patient bedside, to executive board room and everything in between.

The stellar line-up features those from far afield and local speakers, including Prof Mitra who won the 2013 TED $1m prize with his wish to build his global School in the Cloud.

He had previously worked on the Hole in the the Wall project, which placed a computer in a wall in a Delhi slum, and gave children free access to it, in a bid to prove that children could be learn from computers without formal training.

The experiment inspired Vikas Swarup to write the novel Q&A, which was eventually turned into Slumdog Millionaire.

Herb Kim, co-organiser and founder of Thinking Digital said: “I’m thrilled to be bringing TEDx back to Newcastle with such a fantastic programme of speakers. The same team who produce Thinking Digital are helping produce TEDxNewcastle so we’re confident it’ll be a spectacular day all around. It’s also been excellent to collaborate with Newcastle University faculty, staff and students who contributing hugely to this TEDx.”

Other headline acts include Professor Sir John Burn and science writer Matt Ridley.

The programme ranges widely in the playground of ideas, with participants describing their very personal journeys in research.

TEDxNewcastle starts on Sunday, June 8, in King’s Hall, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University.

Newcastle University co-organiser Dennis Lendrem added: “We’ve had sneak previews and can’t wait to share this, our Dream Team, at the big event. These talks will knock your socks off.”

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