TEDxBrum Important Information

The final pieces of the puzzle are now slotting into place with only a few days to go, speakers are arriving, the excitement is building, and we’re making the final preparations to welcome you, so we thought this might be a good time to fill you in with all the information you need to make the most of TEDxBrum 2017. There will be loads of TEDxBrum Champions throughout the Hippodrome to help you find your way through people, programmes and perspectives, and to keep you fed, hydrated and more. But to get the most out of your day, it might be useful to have a think about what you may need to help you soak up all the energy, ideas and imagination.

Take a deep breath, and get ready to delve into the details. Here goes:


The day will be packed with inspiring talks and performances, broken down into four sessions (with refreshment breaks and lunch in between) to give your brain the time and space to digest everything. We’ll give you a programme on arrival, with a reminder of the timings, so you can see what’s ahead and get to know our amazing line-up.

Please note: sessions will start promptly at the times stated. If you arrive late, you may be asked to wait until the next speaker before entering the auditorium. The running order is subject to change and TEDxBrum cannot be held liable for visitors missing talks or performances. We would strongly advise attending all four sessions in full to make the most of the day.

Dive straight into our programme as soon as you arrive at the Hippodrome, get inspired, and you won’t be late for fear of missing out.



We’re delighted and honoured to welcome this year’s incredible line-up to the TEDxBrum stage. More information about all of our speakers can be found here, and performers here.

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TEDxBrum 2017 is at the Birmingham Hippodrome, our biggest venue yet, located at:
Hurst St,
B5 4TB.



Get to the Hippodrome by train, bus or car

There are currently roadworks surrounding Birmingham Hippodrome, and the Birmingham Marathon and Half Marathon will also be taking place on Sunday. If you plan to drive, we suggest that you give yourself a little more journey time than normal and plan your route carefully. Check this link to the Birmingham Marathon road closures to see if it will affect your journey. 

We’d highly recommend travelling by public transport to give you the best chance of arriving on time. Birmingham Hippodrome is a few minutes’ walk from Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Moor Street stations, and is well served by buses.

Keep an eye out for our TEDxBrum guides all over Birmingham City Centre, who will be waiting to help you find your way to Birmingham Hippodrome.



Upon arrival, our fabulous team of TEDxBrum Champions will welcome and register you, and give you all the goodies we have prepared for you, including your programme. All tickets have unreserved seating, but please remember to bring your ticket with you. Registration for TEDxBrum community ticket holders will be the same as it is for standard ticket holders. Whatever ticket you have, our Champions will be on hand to point you in the right direction.

It is Birmingham Hippodrome’s policy to check attendees’ bags once they have registered, and you will need to go through a bag check before entering the foyer, so it’s a good idea to travel light where possible.



As you arrive, we will have tea, coffee and pastries ready to get you fuelled up for the day ahead. Lunch and snacks are provided, and so is plenty of tea and coffee throughout the day. There will be plenty of meat, vegetarian and vegan options available. If you have any other dietary requirements, and haven’t already let us know, we can no longer guarantee that we will be able to accommodate your needs on the day, but we will do our very best. You can get in touch at Lunches for special dietary requirements can be picked up from The Deli Bar on the entrance level.

After a day full of listening to incredible talks, connecting with people, and sharing ideas, we’ll be carrying on the conversation while we unwind in the Bar on the Middle Circle (Floor Three) of the Birmingham Hippodrome. You’re all invited to join us - it’s not far to go!

If you have not provided your special dietary requirements, please contact Birmingham Hippodrome Ticket office immediately.



We aim to make sure you can enjoy the day to the full and get the most out of your TEDxBrum experience. If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know in advance of the event and we will do our best to support you. Please email us at




Curious about this year’s theme? Check out how we came up with it here. This year’s theme has led to some really incredible extra creative content, as well as the speakers and performers, and we’re really excited to see how this is shaping up. This includes exhibitions and libraries filled with creations from home-grown Brummie talent, as well as contributions from further afield. You still have time to get involved and submit a creative piece; find out how here.

We also encourage you to use the #Perspectives hashtag on social media, and join the conversation leading up to the event, on the day and beyond.



If you’re thinking of spending a night or two in our beautiful city to truly soak up the TEDxBrum vibes, we’re delighted to be partnering with the Hampton By Hilton Broad Street. With free wifi, free breakfast and city centre parking available you’ll be able to relax and reflect on a day full of ideas worth sharing, just a short walk away from the venue. You can book here, and if you’re lucky, you might even catch a speaker or two hanging out there in evening!


Got friends or family who can't make it on the day? The whole event will be livestreamed online on the day. The Live stream link is here 


We have a final few tickets available if you have friends or colleagues who haven’t managed to get theirs yet. Spread the word by sharing the link. It will be a day not to be missed!

If you have any questions before the event, please drop us an email at and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Keep an eye on our Twitter @TEDxBrum for the latest updates, as they happen.

We can’t wait to welcome you on Sunday 15th October!

Best wishes,

The TEDxBrum Team