Slide background 'FIREWORKS"

...Adventurers, entrepreneurs and freedom fighters

"Fantastic day today. In 11yrs of teaching it was the most
inspirational event I have ever been involved in."

"Oh my god it was amazing!
It really changed my view of the world"

If you are over 18 and would like to attend this year’s TEDxYouth@Bath a great way to be really involved is to volunteer. We are going to need a lot of people this year.

TEDxYouth@Bath is back! This year’s event will take place on November 5th at Komedia. We are delighted to welcome a host of extraordinary speakers for a thought-provoking and exciting day of ideas for 16-18 year olds.

TEDxYouth@Bath is entitled “Fireworks” and we will be looking at Freedom and Forgiveness, the Future of Digital, Local/Global Responsibility and Entrepreneurship.

As usual our speakers are from all walks of life and will be discussing a wide range of subjects and the international flavor of this year’s conference is very exciting.

The speakers include adventurers, entrepreneurs and an author and chef.

We also have stories of extraordinary survival from 20 year old Yeonmi Park who defected from North Korea aged 13 and Iby Knill, a 90 year old Auschwitz survivor.

The main auditorium will host the young people and these seats are now all taken. The balcony will be offering seats to all the many people (of all ages!) who want to be a part of this very special day. Tickets will be available from September.

This year we will be hosting a series of talks with wonderful speakers in the morning and in the afternoon we will be running workshops in the style of a World Café for the students only.

Take a look at the attached film to find out how we have grown over the years.

Couldn’t be more thrilled to have Sahar Hashemi OBE

Doing the round of the schools and colleges in Bath we meet many budding entrepreneurs. Developing entrepreneurial skills is proving to be invaluable given the way the workplace is developing. We therefore couldn’t be more thrilled to have Sahar Hashemi OBE talking at our TEDx. Sahar founded Coffee Republic in 1995 and brought the coffee bar concept to the UK. She built it into one of the UK’s most recognised high street brands with 110 bars and a turnover of £30m.

In 2011 Sahar was nominated by Director magazine as one of its Top 10 Original Thinkers, alongside Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Jonathan Ive. In the same year she was invited to join the Entrepreneurs Forum set up by UK Business Secretary Vince Cable to give informal personal advice to the government on enterprise policies.

Here’s what she says about how she got going:

When I started my working life, as a lawyer, I believed creativity was for special people like Richard Branson.

I left the law after 5 years, disillusioned that what I did didn’t suit my personality. On a trip to New York I fell in love (as a customer) with the then-new style coffee bar concepts. I was encouraged by my brother Bobby to bring the concept to the UK – and thus by accident became an entrepreneur.

First Speaker

We couldn’t be more proud to announce our first speaker: the very wonderful Iby Knill. Iby is the author of The Women Without a Number.  For sixty years Iby kept secret the fact that she was an Auschwitz survivor; her story is extraordinary. At 90 years old Iby is the oldest speaker that we have invited to the TEDx and full of wisdom. Entirely independently, AgeUK Bath contacted us because they would like to encourage engagement between the ages and we have given them 20 seats in the balcony to come and join us.  We will also be running a one-to-one Digital Learning session during Bath Digital Festival, which will offer one-to-one teaching with our students and AgeUK.

We are delighted to announce that…

Dave Cornthwaite will be coming back to join us for TEDx2014. Dave is an adventurer and author of several books; he will be talking about his “Say Yes More” campaign. Dave has received more hits for his TEDxYouth@Bath talk then any of our other speakers and he was a huge bonus at our event in 2009 –hanging out all day and permanently mobbed by the audience!


Just to let you know that Rob really enjoyed the day at Tedx.  Rob has been very depressed recently.  He really was inspired by the day and is showing signs of wanting to change his life.  The seeds have been sown, thank you


By bringing it all together you have helped inspire a generation, and I’m sure I’m not the only member of the audience who left that auditorium feeling a greater sense of purpose and motivation to positively impact society and to lead a happy and fulfilling life.


We will be live-streaming our event on the 5th November 2014

Just like previous years TedxYouthBath will be a live stream event.

Please check back here closer to the date to see how to watch.

This independent TEDx event is operated under licence from TED.