TEDxUAL is back for its second year – set to take place on Saturday 11 March 2017 at UAL’s Central Saint Martins, Platform Theatre.

The independently-organised event, licenced by TED, brings together UAL students, staff and speakers from across the worlds of fashion, social sciences, literature and design and technology to explore this year’s theme: Momentum.

A system of perpetual motion that propels the world, Momentum is created and sustained by innovation and imagination across the fields. It may be revealed in the sharing of ideas and in the realization of new and exciting projects that will shape our future.


TEDxUAL 2017 speakers:

Monica Alcazar: Artist


UAL graduate, Monica Alcazar has been leading a peace-building participatory, photography project, Possible Landscapes, using Instagram as a platform.

“Everyone who captures an image and distributes it has to take responsibility for it. It doesn’t matter if you are a teenager taking a photo of your food or a reporter covering a news event.”

Read our interview with Monica here.

William Mills: UAL Student and App developer


William has created a mobile application and improved platform for communication between students and teachers, in order to help students overcomes struggles they may face.

“By referring to young people as ‘generation snowflake’, we are only stigmatising adolescent communication around mental ill health. A term like this can make you feel inadequate, immature and afraid to speak out.”

Scarlett Montanaro: Founder of Crack & Cider


Scarlett Montanaro is co-founder of Crack+Cider, a company which sells items which are deemed useful for homeless.

“The biggest misconception about advertising is that it’s evil. I always knew that people with marketing skills held a lot of power. We’re trained to not only come up with ideas that can turn businesses around but also to tell the whole world about that idea in a creative and inspiring way. In a way that changes behaviour.”

Kayo Chingonyi: Poet


Kayo is an award winning British poet who has published works as well as presented them at a wide variety of events. He has hosted and curated events across London and the UK.

Neil Saada, Milo and Mathias Pastor: founders of TEECH


TEECH is an educational app which connects students and “Teechers” at top universities. Through this app students are able to speak directly with instructors who can look at specific ways to tackle their academic questions.

Joanna Brassett: Director and Co-Founder Studio: INTO

Joanna Brassett works mainly with ethnography- unpacking cultural insights for innovation outputs. Her company INTO uses this ethnographic viewpoint to create business and market strategies.

Orsola de Castro: Founder of Fashion Revolution


Orsola de Castro is Founder and Director Fashion Revolution. Fashion Revolutions aims to raise awareness of the true cost of fashion, show the world that change is possible, and celebrate all those involved in creating a more sustainable future.

Marta Welander: Founder of Refugee Rights Data Project


Marta Welander is the Founding Director of the Refugee Rights Data Project, an organisation which aims to fill data gaps relating to human rights violations and unmet humanitarian standards faced by refugees in Europe.

Issam Kourbaj: Syrian Artist


Issam is a Syrian Artist with a background in Fine Arts. Through his work, he raises funds and awareness for aid projects in Syria.

Chris Hogg: Social Media specialist


Chris will talk about his play surrounding the events in July 2010, where policeman David Rathband was shot and blinded by Raoul Moat. He explores the role social media played in the events.


TEDxUAL 2017 has sold out. All of the talks will be recorded and posted online following the event.

About TEDx, x = independently organised 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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.  TEDx is program of locally organised events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on TED.com and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.