Exist Insight ISSUE 04

Upcoming Events

  1. Sidmouth Science Festival

    03 October 2017 - 15 October 2017

    Visit Sidmouth Science Festival for hours of entertaining and thought-provoking events across thirteen days of action, including talks and workshops. Whether you want to launch a weather balloon, race a jet car or get involved in a technology workshop, Sidmouth Festival has something for you. Learn about fossils, stars, energy, light, weather, brains, rockets and much more.

    The Festival runs from Tuesday 3rd October until Sunday 15th October with events suitable for all ages and all abilities, at a number of venues across Sidmouth, providing a whole week of family friendly events which are educational as well as fun, and mostly free.

    Sidmouth Science Festival started as a weekend event in 2012 and has grown from strength to strength, running for ten days in 2016. Some events have proved to be very popular and are repeated again this year, whilst new events have been added to keep the Festival fresh.

    Details of the full programme, news about each event, a map and how to reserve places can be found here

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  2. Waking up to climate change

    05 October 2017

    Thursday 5th October 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford), Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW

    What is climate change? What is causing it? Why is it now an urgent issue for us all? As one of the world’s leading health services, planetary scale climate change is something the NHS cannot choose to ignore. Join us on a journey to explore the complexities of climate science and intricacies of global connectedness. Hear how our NHS is responding. Understand why we must lead in integrating sustainable practices into all that we do. Join the discussion and help shape the conversation on how we build our sustainable NHS.

    This one day conference, organised by Dr Tim Malone, is a joint collaboration between the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, the University of Exeter, Devon Local Nature Partnership, and the NHS England and Public Health England Sustainability and Health Ambassadors for Devon.

    Topics will include:

    • What is climate change?
    • Climate change and human health
    • How is the NHS responding locally, regionally and nationally?
    • Teaching sustainable practice in nursing
    • The wider role of nature in health and disease
    • Business as usual? The economics of doing nothing
    • Climate change, conflict and global security

    Keynote Speaker: 

    Professor Michael H Depledge, Chair of Environment and Human Health, the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School

    This event is open to all. No specialist knowledge of climate science or sustainability required.

    For a full programme for the day (including speaker, workshop themes and facilitators) visit http://store.exeter.ac.uk/conferences-events/university-of-exeter-medical-school/conferences/waking-up-to-climate-change-2017 

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  3. Lost Weekend

    06 October 2017 - 08 October 2017

    A 3-day festival for Exeter of music, art, ideas and technology.

    To showcase what is new and exciting, to imagine the future and to enjoy being creative.

    “Today, all kinds of awesome things are happening all over the world. For once technology truly is everywhere and affecting everything at an incredible pace.

    However, it is only when technology mixes with other human elements – art, ideas, music, design – that the really special things, the things that will change the world, happen.”


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  4. TEDxExeterSalon

    07 October 2017

    TEDxExeter’s first Salon to explore cutting edge technology

    Leading researchers from Google and Amazon will be sharing the latest developments in artificial intelligence at the first TEDxExeter Salon.

    Tickets are due to go on sale next week for the hotly anticipated event in October, which will explore how technology meets the real world.

    The Salon follows the sell-out TEDxExeter ideas festival in April. It will bring together speakers from academia, the arts and innovative companies to discuss how technology is transforming our lives in ways that are exhilarating yet often controversial.

    They will be sharing insights into how machines are teaching themselves to understand their environment, and how tech can reveal the collective consciousness – or hive mind – of large groups of people.

    Speakers will include:

    • Raia Hadsell, research lead on robot navigation and lifelong learning at Google DeepMind;
    • Alasdair Allan, scientist, author, hacker, and journalist;
    • Simon Johnson, who uses games, play and agency to help people understand complex subjects;
    • Neil Lawrence, who leads Amazon Research Cambridge, where he is a director of machine learning.

    More speakers will be announced soon at www.TEDxExeter.com.

    Claire Kennedy, founder and curator of TEDxExeter, said: “Building on our work over the past seven years creating Exeter’s Festival of Ideas, we’re delighted to be working closely with the team at the Met Office’s Informatics Lab to bring exceptional speakers in the fields of data and tech to share their cutting edge thinking with a wide audience in Exeter and beyond.”

    The TEDxExeter Salon is happening over the same weekend as LOST WEEKEND, a new three-day festival of music, art, ideas and technology.

    The Salon takes place at the Barnfield Theatre on Saturday, October 7, from 9.30am to 1pm. Tickets will include access to music events taking place during the weekend.

    There will be simultaneous livestream events at the Exeter Phoenix’s Studio 74 and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.

    Tickets will be released at 1pm on Thursday, July 27, and demand is expected to be high.

    Tickets for the TEDxExeter Salon at the Barnfield Theatre can be booked at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tedxexeter-salon-live-exeter-barnfield-theatre-tickets-35872891785

    Tickets for the Exeter Phoenix livestream can be booked at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tedxexeter-salon-livestream-exeter-phoenix-tickets-35691433037?aff=

    Tickets for the RAMM livestream can be booked at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tedxexeter-salon-livestream-ramm-tickets-36306963104

    TEDxExeter’s annual ideas festival in April was attended by a combined audience of more than 900 people in the Exeter Northcott theatre and Exeter University’s nearby Alumni Auditorium, where the event was streamed live.

    Thousands more people were watching the live stream at gatherings across the city and in more than 50 countries around the world.

    Talks from the first six TEDxExeter events have so far been viewed nearly 15 million times.

    TEDxExeter is a not-for-profit event organised by a team of volunteers and made possible by support from sponsors, including local businesses.

    Since TEDxExeter started in 2012, eight talks from the event have been chosen to feature on the main TED.com website – a distinction achieved by only 400 talks from independently organised TEDx events around the world.

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  5. Statistically Significant Careers: An Early-Career Stats Showcase

    18 October 2017

    The aim of this event is to showcase the work of statisticians – or those using statistics in their everyday jobs – in the South West. Speakers will give an insight into the variety of different careers that are available, and a flavour of the current challenges and future trends within each area.

    These presentations will be followed by a panel Q&A session, after which the evening will conclude with drinks and nibbles, providing an ideal opportunity for networking and further discussion.

    Participants from all career stages are welcome, from sixth formers choosing their degrees, undergraduates thinking about career choices and early career researchers thinking about their future direction.

    Speaker line-up includes:

    West Country Rivers Trust, Devon Open Data Institute, Select Statistics Consultancy, Atass Sports, University of Exeter Medical School, NHS, with more to be announced.

    Date Wednesday 18th October 2017, 5:30pm - 7pm

    Location Meeting Rooms 1-3, The Forum, University of Exeter

    Refreshments on arrival at 5pm. Drinks and nibbles served from 7pm.

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  6. ExIST Quarterly Event - AI & Robotics

    19 October 2017

    The next ExIST Quarterly Event will be taking place on Thursday 19th October 2017 at Exeter College Technology Centre from 8:30am - 11am.


    Speakers confirmed for this event include:

    >> David Ferguson, Head of Digital Innovation at EDF Energy

    >> Kate Doodson, Joint Chief Executive at Cosmic

    >> John Laramy, Principal at Exeter College


    The event is open to all to attend.


    The cost for this event is £15 (Inc VAT @ 20%). You are able to book and pay by card by clicking through to the Chamber website.

    If paying by cheque, we must receive payment in advance before we are able to book you in.

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  7. Castle Demos

    25 October 2017

    Demo Night at the Exeter Castle isn't about pitching for funds, it's an opportunity to show the Exeter Startup community what you're working on, get some feedback and see what other people are up to. 

    Whether you are the next big tech thing, social enterprise, arts organisation or one man band - the Castle Demo Night is the place to get feedback, suggestions and support. 

    Start-ups are offered 5 minutes to tell the audience what they are up to and how, followed by a live Q&A. 

    If you are interesting in presenting your idea at this event, register here


    Wednesday 25 October 2017

    18:00 - 21:00 BST 


    Exeter City Futures

    Broadwalk House 

    Southernhay West 

    Exeter, England 

    EX1 1TS 

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  8. Techstars Startup Weekend Exeter

    17 November 2017 - 19 November 2017

    Are you sitting on an idea? No matter how small or outlandish it may be, act on it and turn it into reality. Your idea could change the world for the better.

    Have you spotted a problem and see a way to solve it? Do you have an idea you've always wanted to test, or are you keen to make a difference? 

    Whatever the idea, for businees or for soical good, we can help you discover how you can make it. 

    There will be loads of great ideas and prizes, with the best pitches going forward and teams formed to work on the best ideas. The weekend is backed up by expert facilitators, knowledgeable mentors, and fueled by some great food, all included in the price. 

    Sign up here.


    Friday 17 November 17:30 - Sunday 19 November 19:00


    University of Exeter Innovation Centre 

    Rennes Drive 


    EX4 4RN

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