Date: 04 May 2013
Venue: Sydney Opera House

Sydney NSW 2000

EDxSydney 2013 took place on Saturday 4 May 2013 within the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House before a live audience of 2,200. It was also streamed live to a worldwide audience ... viewing from home, the workplace or one of many satellite events. As with any TED event, the programming blended talks and performances with interspersed “tasty video bits.”

Talks, Performances & Other Videos from TEDxSydney 2013

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Jo Glazebrook ~ 13 May 2013 9:27 AM

I had a wonderful day at my first TEDx Sydney and can't wait for the next one. I stuck to my door allocation but would have liked someone to remind everyone of the 'right thing' to do so some didn't miss out on better seats- why allocate if no one is going to enforce? The speakers surpassed my expectations- great idea starting with Ron McCallum! The entertainers were brilliant- highlight was Kate Miller-Heidke. After watching a cow being 'lovingly' butchered in the northern foyer at lunchtime I felt Damien Mander's talk about the feelings of cows and other animals we eat too big a leap for my meat loving self! The beef served at lunch was delicious! Thanks for a great event.

Megan McLaren ~ 12 May 2013 11:41 PM

TEDxSydney 2103 was inspirational, thought provoking, hugely entertaining and a wonderful opportunity to meet like minded people passionate about sharing ideas. I fell in love with Tom Thumb, Damien Mander made me uncomfortable but made me think seriously about animal rights, but the stand out was Jennifer Robinsons talk on Benny Wenda. Really looking forward to my next TEDx opportunity.

Seiji Armstrong ~ 11 May 2013 12:34 AM

What an amazing day! Tom Thum's set had me in stitches (and in awe), Ron McCallum moved me, and Omar Musa made me reflect on our society through a different lens. Big big shout out to the hosts, especially the hilarious Julian Morrow, and the incredibly energetic Jess Scully :)

Stephen Hahn ~ 10 May 2013 11:26 AM

I found it totally incongruous that coke was served out of plastic bottles during lunch, particularly following Joost Bakkers talk: "Joost’s innovations in building materials, waste treatment and nutrition are attracting global interest." No amount of "grow it local" can make up for the damage this company does on so many levels. I am afraid that it makes me question the credibility of TEDxSydney

Sharon Tofler ~ 9 May 2013 5:58 AM

My first 3D TEDx treat...may past experience has only been 2D and virtual! What a treat and what a privilege. The highest quality ideas, talks, innovations, food, videos, graphics and finally organisation. Congratulations. Already suffering withdrawals.

Matthew Parnell ~ 9 May 2013 5:55 AM

I had a great time at TEDxSydney2013: as a regional denizen, I don't get to engage with people motivated by big ideas as frequently as I would like;so TEDx was a great "top-up". For more, I have summarised my thoughts on my blog: One more thing to add: the Grow It Local was an exciting experiment, but the logistics of distribution didn't work so well. Maybe next time the food should be BYO - now there's a radical idea: make it at home!

Morag Malloy ~ 9 May 2013 3:56 AM

What an amazing experience to be a part off. It was my first event but will not be my last. Interesting and inspiring speakers who challanged you to be better that you currently are and gave lots of food for thought. The Crowd farming/food theme was brilliant as someone who took part I was never prouder to actually see my limes on a table. I think you have potential momentium with the crowd farming/ sustainable food message and should look to do something with this to follow up. I would be a big supporter.

Brendan Fitzgibbon ~ 9 May 2013 3:26 AM

It was an amazing experience to be in the Sydney Opera House which in itself was a great setting for the sharing of ideas when the Opera house was a crazy idea at the time it was built. The day stared at 8.30 and was feast of stimulating ideas by inspiring individuals who are truly inspirational in their work and are so passionate about their work, you cannot stop thinking about their drive to succeed. Its that infectious passion that awakens the mind to other ideas. Then stand outs for me was Joost Bakker, Paul Pholeros , Jennifer Robinson. The food was great and the quality was amazing. My only grip was I could not get enough food without queuing for 20 mins. So I left the event really quite hungry. This is a small trade off for an incredible day of inspiration. Congratulations to all the TED team and Partners, see you next year.

John Radinoff ~ 8 May 2013 10:33 PM

Thanks for organizing a great event. I went to the first TEDxSydney and watched the live stream last year. Being in the room is a totally different experience, so much better. At the first TEDx you played a couple of recent great TED talks from the US conference, which I thought was missing this time. It would have been good to see Adam Spencer's talk. I really enjoyed hearing from inspiring Australians making it big on the International stage like David Sinclair. It was a hard act for many speakers after that first session with Jennifer Robinson and Ron McCallum. Kate Miller-Heidke was a revelation. Well done.

Mike Orchard ~ 8 May 2013 10:30 PM

What a day, what an event. I am still buzzing with ideas and feeling inspired about life. My first Ted, not my last. The mixture of speakers from accross all walks of life is one of the things that trully makes Ted standout for me. The audience enthusiasm was infectious and remains with me. The food.... ooohhh the food, delicious. And from an event organisation standpoint it set the bar. Several ideas I am taking back to my work and home life and helping to spread the ideas yet further. Now TedxSydney... how about 2 days next year!

Justin Jameson ~ 8 May 2013 2:12 PM

Guys - awesome event! My first TEDx, but not my last. Fantastic speakers. I loved the mix that you curated. Great venue. Crowd-sourced food - what an inspired idea. Interesting set up. I met different people every session. Congratulations to the whole team!

Andrew Hughes ~ 8 May 2013 4:59 AM

Great event TEDxSydney! Congratulations to all involved. Enjoyed the day tremendously, and met some lovely people. The food was spectacular, as was the concept of crowd-sourcing and locally sourcing the meat. Would be great to do some smaller events throughout the year? Thanks.

Zina Kaye ~ 8 May 2013 2:41 AM

I loved TEDXSydney this year. The work that went into the curation was very thoughtful and it was wonderful to hear from so many inspiring Australians. The venue was slightly problematic compared to Carriageworks. Some people have mentioned the queues. The knock-on effect was that you didn't really bump into people and dwell to discuss and chew. Instead the impetus was to try to keep moving so as to get to some distant destination. Now, the mysterious and gobsmacking Crowdsourced Food experience more than made up for any niggles that I had. What a great idea and pulled off with such ingenuity!

Grace Karskens ~ 8 May 2013 2:02 AM

Congrats team on another splendid line-up of inspiring wonderful thought-provoking speakers. The sessions worked so well. But I don't think the Opera House works as well as a venue as Carriageworks - it is all broken up, narrow spaces, either very crowded or deserted - it lacked that edgy, fun comfortable come-and-join-us feel...and the beanbags! And the big screen - the OH screens were tiny, set against the light so you couldn't see properly and the sound was low, so difficult to hear. Maybe it the numbers but I felt the organisation slipped a bit - there was no lanyard/booklet ready for me, my name was scribbled on one at the last minute. A friend who was a speaker was left sitting in the studio after her talk with no coffee and nothing to eat. By the time she finished her session there they were packing up all the food, so we missed out. It's important to look after speakers, they are the core of the whole thing and they put an enormous amount of time and effort into it. The food sounded like a wonderful idea but I didn't manage to get any apart from some tomato chunks in a box. Could not get near baristas and ended up buying my coffee at the cafes. Did manage to score a scone (fab) by missing one of the sessions.

Anne Southan ~ 7 May 2013 10:53 PM

I had a great day and enjoyed most of the talks/performances. The food was wonderful, but the congestion and the waiting in line for food experience was disastrous, long buffet tables don't work for a crowd of over two thousand. I did okay (i'm a patient person) but many missed out. The biggest irritation of the day was the horribly scratchy lanyards that came with our programs, very uncomfortable, especially as we were expected to wear them all day.

virginia cottrell ~ 7 May 2013 1:16 PM

Great event team! I was part of the film crew as a volunteer working with the ABC guys. It was a blast and such a buzz. Met the most amazing people, scientists, other like minded web design folks, and of course the usual entrepreneurs!

Ronan MacSweeney ~ 7 May 2013 12:00 PM

Congrats Team TEDxSydney! You pulled off another exciting, informative, challenging, funny, enlightening and entertaining day. It was hard to imagine how you could surpass the three previous years but you did. My favourites were Ron McCallum and Jennifer Robinson. Ron left a lump in my throat and a smile on my face. Jennifer challenged me to think about what's happening on Australia's doorstep. All up the day gave me must food for thought (pun intended). Thanks. Ronan

Joy Becker ~ 7 May 2013 11:39 AM

The event was wonderful and absolutely inspiring in my own life. I hope for next year that Remo and company will consider having a woman that is a hard core scientist present at TEDx 2014. The women involved this year were involved in the Humanities/Arts or were the performance artists.

Jess Hall ~ 7 May 2013 11:32 AM

Fantastic as I expected. Speakers were amazing, and forthcoming with sharing ideas etc. I did feel communication lacked a little in some areas - our badges said we had to enter through different doors for each session, but this wasn't enforced. The area used for breaks wasn't appropriate - too many people confined to one space and sometimes very hard to get the food, or a drink. Sessions ran over-time which is fine, but then this cut short the networking part at the end. Overall a great day but just some suggestions for improvements... fantastic to see something at the Opera House - but a bigger break space would be good next time.

Louise McMahon ~ 7 May 2013 9:34 AM

There are not enough superlatives to employ to describe the fantastically amazing awesomeness of TEDxSydney. Everyone keeps asking me "What was the best", and all I can say is - imagine going to a degustation menu at a 6-star restaurant and then having to pick a "best" dish. I devoured the whole program and would have gone back for more on Sunday. While I feasted heartily on the talks on the program, I was one of many that went undernourished at the meal breaks. It seems there are 2 types of TED delegates. Those that think of others, and those that think of themselves. I stood in the interminable line to get to the smorgasboard table, only to discover that many people were cutting in at the head of the queue. But the afternoon I was determined to get something to eat. Eventually I got to the feeding trough fof the jam and scones - and just as I was about to reach for a scone, a tall lean man from the other line reached right across and took the entire platter. I think to share with his group - but it was very rude. Of course there were no more - so I missed out morning, lunch and afternoon. It is frustrating to hear how wonderful the crowd-sourced food was - I would have loved just a taste!. Anyway, I choose to see it as a metaphor for the world - the First World has been behaving like the tall scone-stealing man for a couple of centuries now - and the Third World has been missing out and going hungry. So a day without food only served to remind me how fortunate I am to usually be able to get 3 meals a day. Thanks for a great event - the talks fed my soul.

Rob Hanks ~ 7 May 2013 9:03 AM

Hi All, I thought the TEDx day was just great. Much to continue to think about and a few things to support, do and share. The Speakers and music were genuinely inspiring [even those who were nervous or who stumbled over their long hand prompt notes]!! The crowd sourced food was a brilliant experimental culture making exercise. I may be alone in this as the Opera House is an iconic location but I actually preferred a space like Redfern for the breaks, access to food and space to interact and explore... the endless steps, narrow walkways and cramped serving locations that encouraged jumping queue were frustrating. I am yet to sample the bread and butter, jam, meats etc beyond the lunchbox and softdrinks... It's hard to beat for view and probably right for audience size.

Joseph Edwin ~ 7 May 2013 8:39 AM

The content was excellent again this year. Highlighing the plight of West Papuans and then having Benny Wenda appear on stage was quite electrifying. The musical performances were again outstanding. The concept of crowdsourcing the food was also terrific. However as a venue for an all day event such as TedXSydney I feel the Opera House is not suitable. The seating is cramped; the open areas are inadequate for such a large crowd to move around and mingle - you are constantly jostling with others. While the food was good (of what I managed to get) it was hard to get your hands on it due to the bottlenecks everywhere. I liked last year's format much better where you walked into a room from one end and walked out the other - buffet style and every one got plenty of food and in an orderly fashion. Let's go back to the old venue please.

stefanie di russo ~ 7 May 2013 8:15 AM

I mustn't be the only person who was severely disappointed with this years event. This year was more about putting on a big show than about quality and experience. The fact that they had a members only screening outside of the main hall was very disappointing, as in 2010 the public could come and watch the event live on a (free) public screen in the carriageworks foyer. On top of that, having spent money on a ticket and flights (arriving only an hour after the morning registration), i was told they had run out of gift bags, lanyards and throughout the day ran out of food and drink. People were scrambling for whatever morsels were left like it was a ration. I watched one woman stand over a plate of raspberries and stuff handfuls into her mouth! And not to mention being cramped up at the back of the Opera house because the audience members realised that no one was going to check their seating arrangement after each session. This meant that many people missed out on seats closer to the stage because people would either 'save' the seat or line up at the wrong entrance to get a better view. I would have better spent my money on hiring a nice movie projector, buying some food and telecasting it live over the net with some friends and would not recommend people wasting their money coming from interstate. This year was a massive let down and i hope that TedxSydney reconsiders some of these issues for 2014

Gillian Corban ~ 7 May 2013 7:50 AM

Great event- so well curated, inspiring Australian with ideas and talents. Congratulations

Lyndy Cracknell ~ 7 May 2013 7:48 AM

It was simply wonderful. No complaints at all. It was just wonderful to see Benny Wenda on stage after everything he and his family have been through during the decades of occupation and oppression by Indonesia. One small point, for next year, if you want people to tweet etc, perhaps you could install a repeater for the day as the mobile internet reception and signal was very unreliable.

Nicole Smith ~ 7 May 2013 7:42 AM

Ah, now what to do with all of that inspiration? So many options, so many things to do. What a beautiful, inspired day. Thank you TEDx Sydney and thank you to everyone who embraced it. What a vibrant, exciting society we live in. It's time to make the most of it.

Tim Buesing ~ 7 May 2013 7:29 AM

The great food, visibly created with effort and passion, added a lot to this day. I wrote a little post about it here and look forward to the talk videos.

David Puls ~ 6 May 2013 9:35 AM

Up side: broad range of speakers and topics, great performers, crows sourcing - so cool, good value. Down side: the Opera House, as much as I love it, is not conducive to networking. Most of the breaks were spent in queues, at lunch time for an hour. Networking with the people either side only lasts so long. The drinks after were great, less manic, but then everyone was asked to leave. The power of an event like TED is in the connections and from my experience this needs more thought for next year. An otherwise great event.

Adriana Bourke ~ 5 May 2013 12:05 PM

What an awesome day at tedX 2013. It was massive! So inspiring. Thanks to all who organised such a great event!

Louise Edney ~ 5 May 2013 7:44 AM

How brilliant was TEDx 2013??!! feel so lucky to have been listening to the brilliant thoughts, eloquently presented in the sydney opera house. The event was faultless! TEDx team thank you. You were all amazing and funny and generous! Presenters, growers, volunteers, coffee makers, suppliers wow! I had a fabulous day and am still buzzing. It rocked!

Andrew Stewart ~ 4 May 2013 6:56 AM

After everyting, overpriced and underwhelmed, is this not for profit? I would very much like to see the accounts,

Darrell Tiemens ~ 3 May 2013 2:38 AM

I'm really looking forward to it. One more sleep.

Sofia Ramoi ~ 1 May 2013 4:04 AM

Flights booked, see you all there:) Live tweet me @spowf

Kathryn Franco ~ 27 Apr 2013 12:32 PM

Got my invite, and just got back from overseas, so my RSVP expired......darn! Will enjoy this year's public and satellite events regardless....can't wait till next year!

Jae Eddison ~ 25 Apr 2013 10:04 PM

Would love to go but only just found out and I think I've mised the boat ?? I'm a HUGE TED fan

Tabitha Tworek ~ 25 Apr 2013 10:50 AM

Maybe I could be so lucky next year. Have really enjoyed the Ted inspiration of Simon sineak and Amy cuddy to name a few. Excited to listen in for home grown inspiring individuals. :)

Lewis Kaplan ~ 25 Apr 2013 7:37 AM

Sorry I signed up too late to get a chance to come - will try harder next year!

Gergana Kiryakova ~ 24 Apr 2013 1:10 AM

I'd love to go!!! so excited!!!

Wes Weir ~ 23 Apr 2013 10:18 PM

I am most sorry that as a consistent TED follower I missed out on hearing about the Sydney event. I am sure it will be spectacular as with all the Talks. Good Luck. I won't miss the next one.

Alex Metelerkamp ~ 22 Apr 2013 2:01 AM

Very excited about my first TEDx event.

priscilla kogan ~ 20 Apr 2013 1:49 AM

so excited!

Melinda Chadwick ~ 12 Apr 2013 4:22 AM

Fantastic news!!!!!.....hopefully I will be invited to attend and/or get tickets. The talks I watch online are soooooo inpiring and I share the ideas with my students Mel :D

Bernadette Baker ~ 11 Apr 2013 11:35 AM

So excited!!!!!!!!! Happy dance when email acceptance came through.!!! Big ideas, great potential.

Tim Parker ~ 11 Apr 2013 11:17 AM

Hoping to get a ticket looks like a great event

Walter Frankel ~ 10 Apr 2013 10:19 AM

Hoping to attend and be stimulated by the discussions and presentations

Jonathan Tolentino ~ 8 Apr 2013 12:44 PM

So excited! Cannot wait to see all the creative minds and amazing people

Sam Banister ~ 8 Apr 2013 7:14 AM

Life's short. Attend TED.

Mike Orchard ~ 6 Apr 2013 1:24 PM

Delighted to be attending my inaugural Ted this year in Sydney. Looking forward to meeting all the great minds, both on stage and in the audience.

Kyle Laing ~ 5 Apr 2013 1:18 PM

Can't quite believe I got the nod! The prospect of great minds, great people, great food and a great venue combined means I'm counting down the days!

Melanie Raymond ~ 5 Apr 2013 8:36 AM

Got my invite, Coming from interstate. Lots of ideas & ready to share! Food security agenda for Youth Projects, empowering Melbourne's street homeless on nutrition, life skills and resilience.

Slessor Kelly ~ 5 Apr 2013 3:56 AM

Beyond excited to be going to TedXsydney on count down!

Jess Hall ~ 5 Apr 2013 2:32 AM

So excited to confirm attendance today - looking forward to a great day!

Emma Pratt ~ 4 Apr 2013 12:18 PM

Hells Yeah this is happening.

Guillermo Arnal ~ 4 Apr 2013 11:31 AM

I so wanna go! Super interesting... But, how do I get a tick to get in?

Robert Barnes ~ 4 Apr 2013 11:05 AM

Stoked to receive an invitation to attend my first TEDx event in Sydney. I look forward to immersing myself in the experience and meeting many other first-timers. If anyone is up for a pre-event meetup DM me on Twitter - @robertmbarnes.

MARIANNE BAKULIC ~ 4 Apr 2013 10:55 AM

Is it too late, to apply for TEDx, 2013? Just re your last answer, to FAQ section, how do applicants know whether you send invites to those who FIT YOUR WAY OF THINKING?

Mike McGrath ~ 4 Apr 2013 8:41 AM

Bring it on!

Barbara Baker ~ 4 Apr 2013 8:37 AM

I was nicely surprised to get the email providing the invitation. I am ever so excited.

Michelle Forrester ~ 4 Apr 2013 8:19 AM

Looking forward to my first TEDx! Can't wait until the meal breaks! ake a gander at what's growing in our #growitlocal patch

Sarah Wayland ~ 4 Apr 2013 7:01 AM

Best birthday pressie! Cant wait to attend and soak it all up!

Nicholas Siafakas ~ 4 Apr 2013 6:29 AM

Hot Diggity Dam! This is like winning a golden ticket to wonkers chocolate factory! :o) Can't wait to overdose on the creative juices of all the wonderful speakers..!

Steve Lancken ~ 4 Apr 2013 5:38 AM

Looking forward to the event.

Karen Reid ~ 28 Mar 2013 6:49 AM

See you all there, in the midst of evolving thought!

William Kazaglis ~ 27 Mar 2013 1:51 AM

Jess Noble ~ 27 Mar 2013 1:49 AM

Love see Jennifer Robinson and Marc Newson speak....

Jackie Brian ~ 26 Mar 2013 9:58 AM

Inspirational venue, great local food, fabulous speaker line up. So hope to be there!

Matthew Ayres ~ 25 Mar 2013 6:00 AM

Im locked in an looking forward to another great year.

Andrew Stewart ~ 21 Mar 2013 1:36 AM

TEDx SYDNEY this time integrates fresh organic foods with fresh organic thoughts, what a Smörgåsbord.

deleted deleted ~ 14 Mar 2013 12:38 PM

Brain food over here please

Rochelle Mahinay Sero ~ 14 Mar 2013 12:50 AM

A learning event is always an exciting and fulfilling one.I hope I can make it to join! :)

Chris Lira ~ 11 Mar 2013 10:00 AM

Bopth delighted and excited to see the line-up of expertise across many schools of thought and practice. Great to see Australia even more focused on agile and sustainable, and creative mind presentations.

Natalie Sutton ~ 11 Mar 2013 4:57 AM

This is very exciting! I can't wait to hear the amazing ideas come to life on stage. Fingers crossed..

Jonathan Dunbier ~ 11 Mar 2013 3:48 AM

Marc Newson! Have taught our students about him, would be great to see him at TedxSydney this year!

Bron Wood ~ 8 Mar 2013 9:42 AM

Louise Edney ~ 25 Feb 2013 12:44 PM

Bucket list inspirational. Fingers crossed for an invite.

Melanie McKinnon ~ 24 Feb 2013 12:13 AM

Soooo excited - looking forward to seeing you all on the big day ! That's positive thinking for you !

Michael Wilson ~ 20 Feb 2013 6:30 AM

So excited, i hope i get to be a part : )

Jalpa Dattani ~ 19 Feb 2013 11:52 PM

Missed it last yearA! I hope I can be part of the TED event this year in Sydney. Cant wait!

Cimone-Louise Fung ~ 19 Feb 2013 12:18 AM

What a gift!

Skeeve Stevens ~ 18 Feb 2013 12:37 PM

It is inspiring to see Sydney being a contributing part of the TEDiverse!

Michael Kogan ~ 18 Feb 2013 4:30 AM

Looking forward to it!

Suzi Dafnis ~ 17 Feb 2013 6:14 AM

Looking forward to it. A little confused as to whether I am now registered. The site says that as a previous attendee I don't need to apply, but how do I register? Thanks.

Salman Awan ~ 17 Feb 2013 2:11 AM

looking forward to it.

Kat Skvorc ~ 16 Feb 2013 8:04 AM

Good luck Remo & the whole team. I'm really looking forward to this year's event. They just get better & better!!

Emma Veiga-Malta ~ 16 Feb 2013 5:43 AM

Fingers crossed - big thinking for little old me!

Mark Caddey ~ 16 Feb 2013 3:22 AM

Great way to share inspiring ideas and create cross-fertilisation of concepts across disciplines.

Rick Walters ~ 13 Feb 2013 10:02 AM

Really looking forward to it and excited about the first class venue. I've been involved in the current construction project at the Opera House (the Vehicle Access and Pedestrian Safety project) so its nice to see the great events continue undisrupted by all the work.

Nuria Guillamon ~ 12 Feb 2013 8:15 AM

I've just discovered TED not long ago and I think it is the most inspiring thing ever to be able to express any type of ideas. I really hope I can get to see it live this year.

Chris Betcher ~ 12 Feb 2013 8:07 AM

Awesome news. I went last year for the first time and loved being there. It's an amazing experience to experience a TED live. I hope I'm fortunate enough to get into this year's event too.

Calum Macaulay ~ 12 Feb 2013 3:00 AM

Will the tickets be first come first served?... Missed the last one, so hope to make it this time! Phones at the ready :)

James Litten ~ 12 Feb 2013 2:54 AM

Can't wait to see and be inspired TEDxSydney 2013

Christopher Brown AM ~ 12 Feb 2013 12:58 AM

The ultimate day of big thinking to be held at a venue that is the ultimate tribute to big thinking! Bring it on Remo. cb If anyone hasn't seen the Ship Song Project video about the House, check out this link ( or go to YouTube! Glorious.

chiara viscontini ~ 11 Feb 2013 3:22 AM

Cannot wait!!!!