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26 April 2014
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We've all had those 'Aha!' moments - when a thought pops into your head and you just need to write it down.

Saturday, 26 April is likely to be full of them. That's why Post-it® brand, which is a Major Partner of TEDxSydney for the first time in 2014, invites you to share your thoughts, opinions, and 'Aha!' moments with other audience members on the day.

They'll supply the Post-it® notes - all you have to do is visit them at the Post-it® Wall throughout the day, or you can check out their workshops featuring some of this year's speakers at the ... See More

Professor Cyndi Shannon Weickert, Neuroscientist, is preoccupied with curing Schizophrenia. She won't reveal her age but she will tell us that the historical figure she most identifies with is Rita Levi-Montalcini - and plenty more besides.

What is your definition of adventure?  

Skinny dipping at midnight in the finger lakes.

Which living person do you most admire? 

Bono from U2

What is your most marked characteristic?  


When or where did you learn the most? 

Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

What is your current state of mind? 

Anxious about funding.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement? 

Initiating and helping to run a successful clinical trial.

Which words or phrases do ... See More

If you missed out on a place in either the Concert Hall or Studio audiences for this year’s TEDxSydney, or you’re away from Sydney for the holidays, fear not. TEDxSydney fans have the opportunity to see, hear and experience the inspiring talks and performances on Saturday 26 April from a number of sources.

For those near a computer, you can see the day’s program, including entertainment and provocative discussions with key speakers from the live simulcast event in The Studio at the Sydney Opera House, via the official live stream at:

You can also stream live from the ABC ... See More

At TEDxSydney 2013, food for the day was crowd-farmed and turned into a delicious lunch by the team at ARIA Catering. One of the driving forces behind the initiative was Jess Miller, co-founder of local food production program Grow It Local. On the eve of TEDxSydney 2014, with yet another incredible day of ideas and gastronomy to enjoy, we caught up with Jess to find out what’s happened to her, and to Grow It Local, since last year’s event.

Can you give us an update on what’s happened to Grow It Local since its exposure ... See More

Did you know it’s been 30 years since TED started sharing some of the world’s greatest ideas and lessons?   And we do mean the greatest.   In 1984, it was the compact disc and cutting-edge 3D graphics from the team at Lucasfilm. Fast forward to 2013 and, right here at TEDxSydney, it was the beatbox brilliance of Tom Thum and the University of Sydney’s inspiring Professor in Industrial Law Ron McCallum, the first totally blind person appointed to a full professorship at any Australian university.   At the University of Sydney we know a bit about good ideas and great ... See More

Oliver Percovich, 39, is Founder & Executive Director of Skateistan. We spoke to him ahead of TEDxSydney 2014  about skateboarding and his idea of perfect happiness.   Preoccupation Letting more kids in on the secret of skateboarding, and how it can shape your whole life for the better.   Which historical figure do you most identify with? Martin Luther. Some ideas need to be challenged.   What is your definition of adventure? Getting outside of your comfort zone. You don't even need to travel to do this. Walk out the door and choose your own adventure.   Which living person do you most admire? Peter Dalglish (head of UN-Habitat Afghanistan and founder of ... See More

In 2013, TEDxSydney memorably crowd-farmed the food for the day from the people who registered to attend the event, gathering pledges of everything from calves to backyard chillies.

This year, spearheaded by TEDxSydney food curator, Jill Dupleix, the food experience is about coming together at the table, sharing food and ideas, breaking bread, and making all welcome.

The signature meal of the festival will be a long-table lunch of soup for the full complement of 2,300 people; a hearty broth cooked up by ARIA Catering chef Simon Sandall using ingredients sourced from local food projects that work to provide opportunities for ... See More

Australia is full of incredible talent, yet, according to the  Global Innovation Index  (GII) 2013, we fall towards the bottom of the Leaders’ group with an overall GII ranking of 19 (behind countries like NZ, Hong Kong, the UK and Finland, among others).

We all need to help retain the talent that we do have, but that can’t happen unless there is an environment that supports innovation and fosters a start-up culture.

This is where Woolworths' journey begins at TEDxSydney: with five facilitated design-led sessions that will unpack various questions on how to sustain and drive innovation within Australia.  

The ... See More

At TEDxSydney 2014 we’ll be treated to a series of Tasty Video Bits, one of which has been created by comedy duo Jeremy Brull and Paul Michael Ayre from Severe Comedy. The pair is flying high thanks to recent festival wins, but took time out to talk to us.    How did you two start collaborating?  Jeremy: 2009 was the crux of it. We’d both finished Uni – Paul: I was in the process of solving artificial intelligence and the nature of the brain Jeremy: And I just finished an Arts degree. Paul: We were at a crossroads in our lives. I wasn’t entirely happy ... See More

Barry Traill, 51, is most comfortable a long way from the Sydney Opera House, where he will deliver a talk to the TEDxSydney 2014 audience on Saturday, 26th April. Read on to hear why he’s a fan of Bob Brown, bandicoots and barramundi. 




Mostly conservation – sometimes what tree to plant exactly where in my garden for the best aesthetic.

What is your definition of adventure? 

Two weeks’ work off-track in Northern Oz.

Which living person do you most admire? 

Bob Brown. Up close he’s the same as from a distance – he is human and has foibles like us all, but is without ... See More

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