UoL Staff and Students Make Up TEDxBrayfordPool Programme

03 - 04 Sep
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TEDxBrayfordPool’s flagship event is back for a fifth year to explore the Brave New World that’s forming around us, and in person for the first time since 2019!

This year as we gather again in person to celebrate ideas worth spreading, we look towards a new era of building the community we want to be part of. Despite the challenges we’ve lived through, and continue to live through, this Brave New World is an uncharted territory full of opportunities that we couldn’t have imagined. From sustainable food systems to the power of community, Lincoln is leading the way in making the world a more remarkable place.

2022 is a year of first for TEDxBrayfordPool; thanks to TED granting an extension to our licence we can now accommodate 350 guests for the first time! In addition, we’re able to offer an incredible weekend long two-day programme of talks and activations that celebrate this Brave New World. We’re bringing together an astonishing group of speakers who will share bold ideas, tough truths and jaw-dropping creative visions for an action-packed day of live talks followed by a vibrant day of adventure designed to give you a chance to dig deeper and turn ideas into actions.

Curator, Andy Farenden, said “As custodian of a global brand I’m incredibly proud of our team’s success in not only gaining an extended licence from TED, but also that in generating £1.5million of social return on investment for our city over the course of the last 4 years. Returning to live events after an extended pandemic break has been challenging, but as we’ve seen through the success of the TEDxBrayfordPoolSalon series this year people are ready for this.”

Speaker Programme | Saturday 3rd September

We’ve brought together scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs, educators, change makers, musicians and artists in a line-up of provocative, insightful and inspiring speakers and performers guaranteed to entertain, educate and engage.

The line-up includes entrepreneur, retired pilot and England Rugby Union legend, Rory Underwood, who will share his experiences and knowledge of developing great businesses, Lincolnshire 30 Under 30 recipient and bio-entrepreneur, Luke Smith, who’s work is reducing methane emissions using seaweed, renowned author Guy Mankowski, who during lockdown was given the personal archive of iconic band Hole’s bassist Kristen Pfaff, alongside many more of brilliant thinkers and doers from Lincoln and Lincolnshire.

Adventure Programme | Sunday 4th September

Our adventure programme is designed to turn ideas into action, feed your curiosity and spark deeper conversation.

You can get hands-on in our Activation Lounge area with some of the ideas featured in the speaker programme. From agri-robotics to seaweed farming and augmented reality to photography, you never know what you might discover! Join us in our Lab to play, experiment and turn ideas into action. Participate in social experiments designed to get you thinking about the wider world, view exclusive screenings or join in with a workshop.

Participate in discussions for curious minds around topics like crime and justice, climate change, sports and culture, and much more in our Discussion Lounge area. Or take to the streets for special guided Adventure Tours exploring urban flora or discovering how unused micro-packages of land are being reclaimed by communities and much more!

Co-organiser, Owen Lewis said: “We’re really excited to add the adventure day to the programme to that showcases what a remarkable place we live in. Offering a full weekend long programme for the first time gives us a real chance to celebrate new thinking, creativity and curiosity, both through idea sharing and hands-on activities. We’re also really looking forward to returning to The Engine Shed.”

Early bird tickets are available until the end of July, they’re priced at £25 and give you access to both days’ programmes. From the first of August tickets will be available at £35 with an under 26 year old concession of £12. Booking fees apply.

For details of the full line up and to buy tickets visit

Where to find the talks from previous events

Since TEDxBrayfordPool launched in 2017 we’ve been privileged to host an incredible number of speakers and performers across the TEDxBrayfordPool, TEDxYouth@BrayfordPool and TEDxBrayfordPoolWomen events. You can view the talks at

Background Information

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized 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-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a non-profit organization 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 speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, 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.