On Saturday I attended TEDx Oxbridge which was being hosted at the Said Business School in Oxford.
Registration from 8:15am made for an unusually early, but completely worth it, start to my Saturday - not as early though as the group attending from Cambridge.
The wide ranging talks were split into 4 sets each of around 90 minutes. Between the sessions there was plenty of time to mingle and talk with the other attendees. A drinks reception, dinner in local restaurant and after event party at Oxford Town Hall provided even more scope for conversation. (As an aside I wasn't sure that I'd been to the town hall before but when we got there I recognised it as the location for an inter college Ballroom dancing competition that I took part in almost exactly 25 years previously !).
TED itself is a nonprofit organisation devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading". I can't recommend too highly spending time on their website viewing some of the TEDTalks. The TEDx label signifies a locally arranged event run under licence from TED. Living up to the quality and breadth of topics that get covered in a TED conference was going to be a tough challenge for the TEDx organisers but they did a fantastic job and the range of topics covered was absolutely huge.
I have quite a few notes from the day and links that I want to go and investigate further - hopefully a few more blog posts will follow in due course. In the meantime if you want to get a flavour of the day you could have a look at the @tedxoxbridge stream on Twitter or just search for the #tedxoxb hashtag.