TEDxLeicester Conference 2019: Fast Forward Speaker Announcement

TEDxLeicester Conference 2019: Fast Forward

Next Batch of Speakers Announced

With just over a month to TEDxLeicester: Fast Forward coming to you live from Leicester, we’re delighted to announce to you our next batch of speakers for the conference.

Our wonderful speakers are all about humanity, social impact and using the local to showcase the global, and they’ll be telling us how they’re using their extraordinary talents and expertise to change the world and rise to the challenges that lie ahead of us.

Join us at The Y Theatre, East St LE1 6EY on Saturday 7th September 2019, from 9:15 am to 5:00 pm to engage and connect with like-minded people and who’ll be sharing ideas worth spreading. For tickets, priced just £15, go to: bit.ly/tedxleicester 


Shruti Chauhan

Words have power, and Shruti Chauhan actualises that power through her words. Shruti Chauhan is a British Indian poet and performer from Leicester, who has performed on several occasions on a wide range of topics in different parts of the world. She has performed at Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Rich Mix, the US Embassy’s American Centre in New Delhi, the Green Mill in Chicago and widely across the UK. In 2015, she toured Three the Hard Way – Part 2 with Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE and Lydia Towsey. In 2018, Shruti was voted the Best Spoken-word Performer at Saboteur Awards and won the National Poetry Library's Instapoetry competition that same year. Shruti also wrote the song lyrics for the BBC Four documentary, My Asian Family – The Musical (2018), directed by the BAFTA award-winning Brian Hill as part of the BBC's Big British Asian Summer season. Her pamphlet, That Which Can Be Heard, is published with Burning Eye Books.

Johan Adda

Johan Adda is a product, app and service designer with over a decade spent on mobile. His last app was featured seven times in the Apple and Google stores. Previous to that, he was Lead Designer for Apple, working on iAd, Apple Pay and Marcom. Johan is a recognised expert, innovator and contributor in product experience. He developed with a British animatronic expert, a beautiful flower robot. He recently founded a company that make toys from ocean plastic for kids under the age of six to increase their imagination, and save the planet of plastic waste.

Dr Jessica Ocampos

Dr Jessica Ocampos is co-founder and CEO of Camnexus; start-up of the University of Cambridge and technology transfer platform that responds to global challenges for sustainable development through digitalisation and smart transformation in key productive sectors. She is also a senior consultant in innovation and technology transfer for the International Outreach Programme of Cambridge Enterprise and an expert research fellow in innovation policy and governance at the Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Governance (C-EENRG) at the University of Cambridge Jessica has been awarded several awards for innovation in Europe and in particular at the University of Cambridge. She currently leads the development of technology and network solutions of LPWAN and low-power sensors, based on LoRa, for applications in smart agri-food, city and industry 4.0, and recently deployed two IoT networks in Brazil to support real-time data-driven decision-making process of small-scale farming. Her solution; Camnexus-IoT© is a response to her motivation to bridge the gap between developing and developed regions, providing inclusive connectivity and data with sense. She aims to tackle the digital divide and upskill ICT capabilities by enhancing digital communications in key industrial and productive sectors with operations on developing countries. This solution has been developed as a response to the challenges in improving productivity and data democratisation and accessibility for industries, governments and communities. Dr Jessica Ocampos holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge, a degree in Biotechnology Engineering from the University of Chile, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Chile.