TEDxLondon: Beyond Borders - TEDxLondon

20 speakers and performers coming together for one incredible day!

The TEDx experience in London on Sunday 1 July
Sunday 1 July, 11am to 8:30pm, Royal Festival Hall

TEDxLondon: Beyond Borders

The TEDx experience in London – a festival of ideas worth spreading with 20 speakers and performers for one incredible day! Scientists, activists, social entrepreneurs, musicians, artists and many more – giving TED style talks to inspire, challenge and change the way we see the world.

An immersive, live event for anyone who believes that ideas can create change and wants to be part of the global TEDx community of changemakers, leaders and creators.

TEDxLondon 2018 is Beyond Borders – beyond limitations, boundaries and labels in order to solve society’s challenges, promote innovation and celebrate our humanity. We support contagious, resilient ideas worth spreading. We want to live in a society that thinks, listens, creates and speaks beyond borders. Join us in reaching for it.

The speakers who joined us at TEDxLondon

Peter Drobac

Global health physician, social entrepreneur and Co-Founder of the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda

Omar Khan

Director of Runnymede and social justice advocate

London School of Bollywood

Bollywood dance team

Emmanuel Speaks

Performance poet, storyteller and musician

Alex Lloyd

OPENx winner, youth justice activist and rock climber

Laura Caccia

OPENx winner, AI researcher and outdoor swimmer

Jamala Osman

OPENx winner, former bank manager and social entrepreneur

Akashi Alam

OPENx winner, medical student and chicken shop enthusiast
Will Young and Christopher Sweeney

Will Young and Christopher Sweeney

Creators of the Homo Sapiens podcast

Grace Savage

Champion beatboxer, artist, actress and dog lover

Winnie M Li

Author, activist, Co-Founder of Clear Lines Festival and PhD researcher

Leng Montgomery

LGBT and trans activist, diversity and inclusion specialist and keen amateur chef

Prof Ian Barnes

Research leader and ancient DNA specialist

Dr Eugenia Cheng

Mathematician, concert pianist and scientist in residence

Andy Coxall

Social anthropologist, youth mentor and youth leadership advocate

Prof Martin Cowie

Professor of Cardiology, Consultant Cardiologist and travel lover

Simon Bucknall

Public speaking expert, executive speaker coach and fan of historical fiction

Justice 4 Grenfell

Campaigners and community activists Yvette, Moyra and Tasha

Prof David Rothery

Professor of Planetary Geosciences and part of the BepiColombo mission to Mercury

Dr Julia Shaw

Psychological scientist, science author and co-founder of Spot
London School of Bollywood
Being non-binary in Bollywood
Simon Bucknall
Why public speaking should be taught in schools
Dr Eugenia Cheng
How abstract mathematics can help us understand the world
Professor Martin Cowie
Beating the world’s biggest killer
Professor David Rothery
A journey to the closest planet to the sun
William Young and Christopher Sweeney
Friendships are your lifeline
Jamala Osman
From the block to the bank
Dr Julia Shaw
A memory scientist’s solution to workplace harassment
Alex Lloyd
What if we could do youth justice better?
Professor Ian Barnes
What ancient DNA can teach us about migration in prehistory
Dr Omar Khan
Learning from the past to achieve racial justice today
Dr Peter Drobac
Dignity and hope are cost effective
Winnie M Li
Reframing the way we think about sexual violence
Grace Savage
Being a female beatboxer
Laura Caccia
Is code poetry the new avant-garde?
Andy Coxall
Open source leadership
Leng Montgomery
Why we need to listen to trans people tell their own stories
Akashi Alam
Why fried chicken shops are essential spaces for young people
Emmanuel Speaks
To be great, you need to be good

Citi xLab

The Citi xLab took place alongside the day’s talks and performances and brought the theme of #BeyondBorders to life to share a sense of wonder at what is possible, and hope about how, together, we can address the world’s toughest challenges. It was an immersive, hands-on experience of products and ideas designed to ignite curiosity, fuel imagination and inspire attendees to see the world around them in new and exciting ways.

  • Olio

    A free app tackling the problem of food waste by connecting users with unwanted food
  • Woebot

    The world's first mental health chatbot supported by a controlled research trial
  • Karma Cola

    A range of drinks that are good for the land, good for the people who grow the ingredients, and as good for you as a fizzy drink can be
  • ChargedUp

    The UK’s first power-bank rental network, ensuring that your phone never runs out again
  • Irrational Agency

    A behavioural science consultancy that helps organisations and people understand their own irrationality and use it to create joyful experiences
  • Sea Hero Quest

    A mobile game that generates data to help scientists fight dementia
  • Rewind

    Bleeding-edge technology fused with award-winning creative storytelling
  • Better Shelter

    A social enterprise driven by a mission to improve the lives of persons displaced by armed conflicts and natural disasters
  • Burton Nitta

    A trans-disciplinary collaborative art practice founded by Anglo-Japanese duo Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta
  • Airlite

    Natural paint that transforms the walls of any building into an air purification system

Fuel for the day

We are grateful to the following local restaurants and market stalls, who offered TEDxLondon guests generous discounts on the day of the event.

  • The Wharf

    A riverside restaurant where you can enjoy sensational seafood and gorgeous grills while taking in the amazing view from the upper balcony of the river and the City towards St Paul's.
  • Gourmet Pizza Co

    Laidback riverside dining with outdoor seating, serving gourmet Italian pizzas, pasta and salad
  • Topolski

    A railway arch cafe bar with bright paintings, formerly studio of artist and illustrator Feliks Topolski RA (1907-1989). Stop off for juices, sharing plates, and cocktails
  • Bleecker

    Stylish pop-up serving a compact menu of New York-style burgers, fries and shakes

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