2018: Potential



2018: Potential


The Fallibroome Academy will hosted their 10th TEDxYouth@Manchester conference on the morning of Wednesday 7th November 2018.

The conference has been a fixture on the school’s calendar since 2009 when Principal Peter Rubery attended the famous TED conference in California and met the TED founder, Chris Anderson.

“TED were looking to extend their mission of ‘ideas worth spreading’ to a youth audience and created the opportunity for local groups to win a license to organise independent or ‘x’ conferences. It was a privilege to be asked to organise the world’s first TEDxYouth conference and we have since created a remarkable archive of inspirational talks and performances”, said Peter.

The Technology, Entertainment and Design conference has become a worldwide phenomenon since they posted talks online and the TEDx format has spawned hundreds of independent conferences all over the world.

Peter added, “This year’s programme is our best yet with guest and student speakers exploring the theme of ‘Potential’. The conference will be presented to an audience of sixth form students from schools in Cheshire East and Manchester and live streamed to the world via the school’s website.”

Speakers included:

  • Professor Danielle George
    Professor in Microwave Communication Engineering and the Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning at Manchester University. Danielle is a regular presenter of Science programmes on the BBC and presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture in 2014.
  • Alex Beard
    Alex has spent time travelling the world in search of the practices that will shape the future of learning and written about his experiences for the Independent, Guardian, Financial Times and Wired.
  • Emma Rosen
    Emma spent a year trying 25 careers before turning 25 through short term work experience, shadowing and just giving things a go. She completed the challenge, and finished all 25 placements before her 25th birthday in August 2017.
  • Oliver Meech
    Magician, Magic Consultant and Psychologist who will explore how the brain tries to make sense of a complex world. “My jaw hit the floor” (BBC), “could rival Derren Brown” (Theatre-Wales) and “real gasps of awe” (Broadway Baby).

Plus 3 minute talks from students with ‘ideas worth sharing’ and stunning student performances from Fallibroome and Chethams Music School students.


Event Programme: Download here

Natural Born Learners | Alex Beard

Go With the Flow | Daisy Coombes

86400 | Tom Jaques

How to Find Your Passion and Make it Your Job | Emma Rosen

Engineered in Your Imagination | Danielle George

How Not to Be A F*** Up | Ed Currie

This Is Not About Me | Rob Bradley

Better Thinking Through Magic | Oliver Meech

The Future of Science | Eleanor Hammer & George Hine

No Limits | Max Blackburn

Experience vs Expertise | David Cook

Be the Difference | Abby Wheeler

Gustav Holst’s “St Paul’s Suite, Op 29. No. 2” | Chetham’s String Ensemble

Elgar’s “Cello Concerto in E minor” | Nathanael Horton


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