Sydney Opera House
21 May 2015
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TEDxSydney 2014 Partners

Here is a listing of our Partners for TEDxSydney 2014.

The University of Sydney
Principal Partner

The University of Sydney is a leading, comprehensive research and teaching institution committed to the transformative power of education. Our students and researchers form a thriving intellectual community who share the passion, commitment and ability to make a difference. As Principal Partner and exclusive education and research partner for TEDxSydney 2014 we are delighted to share our passion for thought leadership and challenging ideas.

Dr Michael Spence Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney says:

“The University of Sydney is a community with a fundamental commitment to intellectual discovery and development. Through our comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to research and education we are committed to delivering real-world solutions in areas such as health, food security, and global warming. Our partnership with TEDxSydney is therefore a perfect fit. We share a vision for bringing together a diversity of ideas and fresh perspectives to tackle the big issues and debates of our time.”

Foundation Media Partner

The ABC is Australia's national public broadcaster. It provides television, radio, online and mobile services throughout metropolitan and regional Australia, as well as overseas through the Australia Network and Radio Australia. The ABC remains the Foundation Media Partner on TEDxSydney, serving as host broadcaster and providing the official broadcast feed for the fifth year running.

ABC Managing Director Mark Scott says:

“The ABC’s long standing partnership with TEDxSydney brings great value to the ABC’s Australian and International audiences, enabling them to access the rich array of talks across the ABC’s TV, radio and online platforms. The unleashing of exciting ideas at TEDxSydney helps stimulate national discussion and debate, and the ABC is delighted to again be facilitating that discussion for our audiences.”

Post-it® Brand
Major Partner

Post-it® collaborative products allow people to share ideas worth spreading. We believe every Post-it® note is a platform for the breakthrough that could one day change the world. A partnership with TEDxSydney, a globally recognised epicentre of inspirational thinking, is an incredibly natural fit for our brand. We are pleased to join with them in 2014 and assist in the sharing of “Ideas worth Spreading”

Chris LeBlanc, General Manager ANZ, 3M Consumer Business Group says: 

"The TEDx philosophy 'Ideas worth spreading’ provides a terrific synergy for the Post-it® brand. We at 3M harness the chain reaction of new ideas through collaborative working, curiosity and persistency. At this year’s TEDx Sydney event, there is a diverse array of speakers and participants and we hope to showcase how Post-it® Collaborative Solutions from 3M can be used to expand ideas & create a brighter future!"

oOh! Media
Major Partner

oOh! specialises in providing clients with creative media solutions to connect with more consumers while they are away from home. We do this through our diverse product offerings across road, retail, airport, experiential and place based media throughout urban and regional Australia and OOH businesses in New Zealand. The company also offers the largest digital advertising network in Australia.

Sydney Opera House
Major Partner

Not only is Sydney Opera House one of the world’s architectural wonders, it is one of the world’s busiest cultural venues. The World Heritage listed site welcomes over 8.2 million visitors every year and hosts 1,800 performances attended by 1.4 million people.

Ann Mossop, Head of Talks and Ideas, Sydney Opera House says:

"The Sydney Opera House is delighted to be partnering with TEDxSydney for 2014. This has quickly become a landmark cultural event and a great complement to our own Ideas At The House programming. At last year's event in the Concert Hall it was remarkable how much the large audience enjoyed the intimacy and sense of community that has become a hallmark of the TEDxSydney brand, and I know this will be the case again in 2014."

Major Partner

Vivant is a human-centric design and digital development company that helps leading brands bring great ideas to life. Vivant has created world-leading digital and mobile solutions for some of Australia’s most recognised organisations, including Commonwealth Bank Australia, QANTAS and RP Data. With offices in Sydney and London, Vivant is an ideas lab staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of technology experts, creative thinkers and business strategists.

Founded in 2008, examples of Vivant’s work include the multi-award winning digital wallet Kaching, Property Guide and the CBA app for Commonwealth Bank Australia, RP Data’s highly successful Mobile Pro, pioneering proximity marketing technology Henry, and – the global game for good. They are responsible for the development of the TEDxSydney App.

Anthony Farah, CEO of Vivant, says:

"TEDxSydney helps uncover some of Australia's best and brightest ideas, and gives them a platform to reach the world. Its been a pleasure partnering with TEDxSydney to support these great ideas, and develop a new mobile experience that will complement and enhance the best moments or ideas of the day.”

Woolworths Limited
Major Partner

Woolworths Limited is an Australian company that was founded in 1924 in Sydney. When Woolworths opened its first store, the Founding CEO Percy Christmas stated a key principle that endures to this day: Every man, woman and child needs a handy place where good things are cheap. Today, we employ more than 180,000 Australians and every single day 87 young people start a job with us.

Woolworths Group Retail Services Director, Penny Winn says:

Woolworths is passionate about nurturing young Australian talent, fostering innovation and engaging with local communites. We are excited to be a major partner of TEDxSydney 2014. We want to engage with innovative thinkers about inspiring a healthier Australia and building strong communities." 

Event Partner

Actual is a Sydney based, creative production studio focussed on creative concept development and visual storytelling. Working largely within the arts, design and creative industries, we strive to bring a highly stylised approach to each and every project while embracing all mediums and digital distribution platforms to extend a project’s reach. We encourage a highly collaborative process with our clients and collaborators alike, and in fact, this is exactly the essence upon which we thrive on.

ACTUAL is extremely proud to be working in collaboration with Common Design to develop the broadcast package and show screen graphics for this years TEDx Sydney. The broadcast package aims to engage and excite the TEDx audience with a series of highly stylised motion graphics openers, supers and visual pieces, accompanied by a soundscape scored specifically for TEDxSydney. On the day, a 13.4 x 4 metre screen inside the Sydney Opera House will play canvas to these pieces, providing a visual and aural sensory experience.

In the collaborative spirit of TED, our good friends Mindconsole and Rumble Studios have enabled this piece to be brought to life. Mindconsole creating all of the motion graphics and animation elements and Rumble scoring the entire soundscape to which these visuals will play out.

See you at TEDx Sydney 2014!

Innovative Production Services
Event Partner

Innovative Production Services are very proud to be a partner of TEDxSydney. Innovative will be providing all of the projection technology and vision systems that you will see at the event. Innovative provide Lighting, Audio, Vision, and Staging systems for events throughout Australia. We combine creative design and the latest technology to provide superior, reliable and all-inclusive AV, lighting and technical production solutions for corporate and entertainment events. Where possible, we try to completely unify all features of production, allowing for seamless integration. This means that the lighting, audio, vision and staging components actually work together to bring an event to life - every aspect is designed with the other in mind. The advantages of this are numerous, but primarily it means peace of mind for the event organiser and superior technical management.

Pandora Internet Radio
Event Partner

Pandora Internet Radio gives people music and comedy they love anytime, anywhere, through connected devices. Personalised stations launch instantly with the input of a single "seed" - a favourite artist, song or genre. The Music Genome Project®, a deeply detailed hand-built musical taxonomy, powers the personalisation of Pandora® internet radio by using musicological "DNA" and constant listener feedback to craft personalised stations from a growing collection of hundreds of thousands of recordings. Tens of millions of people turn on Pandora every month to hear music they love.

Jane Huxley, Managing Director, ANZ says: 

"The Pandora Internet Radio brand is fast becoming synonymous with curation and discovery, ensuring that we are able to find exactly the right piece of music to play at the right time to our rapidly growing listeners. Once a listener downloads and starts to use the features of Pandora, on average they recruit eight or more of their friends and family, who in turn start to love Pandora. Our community mirrors the brand ethos of TEDxSYDNEY “'Ideas worth spreading’, but with a musical twist. We are delighted to partner with TEDxSydney to celebrate the nexus of creativity and technology. Long may it thrive."

Target 100
Event Partner

Target 100 is an initiative by Australian cattle and sheep farmers, along with the broader industry, to deliver sustainable cattle and sheep farming by 2020. 

Target 100 is 100 research, development and extension programs underway across the material areas of sustainability for the industry, including: water, biodiversity, emissions, animal welfare, soil & groundcover, social and economic. These initiatives provide farmers with a constant stream of scientific research to change and adapt their practices with the changing environment to enable the industry to feed a growing population sustainably for generations to come.

Target 100 is also about showcasing what individual farmers are doing on their farms as well as opening up discussions between the people producing food and consumers via social media and events to discuss the issues of sustainability and beef and lamb production.

The Loop
Event Partner

The Loop exists to connect creatives with the most relevant, inspiring and career changing opportunities across the creative industries. In partnering with TEDxSydney, our community will have the chance to become involved in, and contribute to, the inspirational TED experience, while also representing a new diversified network of followers for the ever-expanding TED organisation.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Event Partner

For the fourth consecutive year, Fairfax will support TEDxSydney through a cross platform major media partnership that will educate readers about the TED philosophy and build anticipation in the lead-up to the 2014 event.

Event Partner

Viocorp is Asia Pacific's leading full service Internet broadcasting company. Since 2002, Viocorp has provided specialist digital broadcast video solutions to local and global corporations, governments, media companies, and enterprises. The company has worked on major events, like the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on Yahoo!7 and Microsoft’s TechEd conference in Barcelona, and has supported major brands such as the Australian Rugby Union and Tennis Australia. And, as a privately owned Australian company, it is proud to share its innovations with the world.

Event Contributor

Intelligent enquiry has always inspired and informed Aesop. Since our inception in 1987, our objective has always been to formulate skin, hair and body care products of the finest quality. We are committed to using both plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients of the highest quality and proven efficacy – particularly those with the greatest anti-oxidant properties. Our products are available at signature stores across the globe, counters in selected department stores, and at Aesop Online. We apply intellectual rigour, sincerity and our collective years of learning to all that we do. Every product is made with the same attention to detail that we apply to all aspects of the company. We advocate the appropriate use of our products as part of a healthy lifestyle that includes a well-considered diet, daily exercise, and certain therapeutic indulgences – excellent red wine, inspiring music, and a subscription to The Paris Review.

Event Contributor

Alfred is an independent creative production company that works predominantly in the arts, entertainment and creative industries. Our work in event and broadcast projects has been awarded and recognised in Australia and Asia.

Alfred is often affectionately referred to by clients as The Fixer. We take pride in bringing creative ideas to life, and remain equally focused on all projects whether we are executing our own ideas or the ideas of our clients and collaborators. Alfred lives in Surry Hills in Sydney, and works all over the world.

Common Design
Event Contributor

Common is purely and simply a Visual Ideas Company. We work across all mediums and are brought into any brief / concept / company to elevate the brand persona and visual presence across the board.

TEDxSydney 2014 brought Common in to create and build the 2014 visual presence across print, experiential and, Co-directing in conjunction with ACTUAL., show screen graphics. We are wholeheartedly proud to be part of the process. TEDxSydney is an incredible organisation bringing the ideas to the community; something we feel strongly about.

Corban & Blair
Event Contributor

Corban & Blair are product designers who create unique product solutions for clients. Items include: Gifts and marketing items; journals, compendia, travel wallets, travel sets, framed art works, photo frames, folders, tech accessories, portfolios, satchels, purses & wallets, loyalty card holders, menus, folders, specialty boxes, in-room hotel folders to name a few. We have been designing product collections for over twenty years and have a reputation for highly personalised customer service, style, quality and innovative design. 

countplus one
Event Contributor

Countplus mbt is the financial accounting partner for TEDxSydney and General Thinking. We're an innovative and fast growing accounting and business advisory firm with clients that come in all shapes and sizes as do our services. We provide specialist accountancy, business finance, cloud accounting and wealth management services, immersing ourselves in your business to deliver a pro-active service that is second to none.

Designer Rugs
Event Contributor

In 1986 the Tal family opened the first Designer Rugs factory in Marrickville, Sydney. Their adventurous designs set them apart from the traditional offerings and quickly carved out a niche for the company. We commissioned them to produce a great stage rug for TEDxSydney.

Event Contributor

Digitalpress are multi-award winning print specialists and have a reputation in the industry for the unique ability to produce unrivalled innovative print solutions "We understand our client's needs and therefore provide better ways to get the job done in the most efficient and cost effective manner. Our extensive industry expertise and commitment to innovation ensures that our clients' are secure in the knowledge that we continue to set the bench mark for others to follow." ~ Theo Pettaras, Managing Director

Dinosaur Designs
Event Contributor

Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy are the Designers, Creative Directors and Co-founders behind Dinosaur Designs, which has been operating for 28 years. The company prides itself on creating hand made resin and sterling silver jewellery and resin homewares. Each piece is designed by Louise and Stephen and hand made by a group of artisans, in their Sydney studio. Each collection is inspired by art and nature, and demonstrates the intuitive creativity that shapes their distinctive work in jewellery and homewares. Over the past 29 years Dinosaur Designs has forged an important place in Australian design history and continues to go from strength to strength. They have collaborated with international designers such as Louis Vuitton and Paul Smith and have had work exhibited at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Dinosaur Designs has a number of stores in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, New York and online.

Donovan Jury
Event Contributor

Donovan Jury Law is a commercial and business law practice specialising in technology ventures, entity structuring, capital raising and financing, trusts, contracts, insolvency, franchising, leasing, commercial property and commercial litigation. Active in the IT, TV/film/game and general business markets servicing clients ranging in size from one to 100 employees. We also look after the business interests of a number of active individuals and take briefs for project work from larger and listed companies.

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
Event Contributor

Gracing the cliffs of South Bondi, embracing the panoramic views of the world's most iconic beach, lays a unique Australian dining experience. Since opening her doors in December 2002 Icebergs Dining Room and Bar has shared her rare and uninterrupted views of Bondi Beach with all her guests. A cherished encounter enhanced by the inspired cuisine of Icebergs Dining Room and Bar in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. Every guest is invited to appreciate the uplifting experience afforded by such a rare location.

Launch Group
Event Contributor

Launch Group is a global, full service communications agency. They provide Public Relations, Marketing Communications and New Media services to clients across a broad range of industries and product area

Event Contributor

We are a Visual Concept Bureau based in Graz and Sydney. We live and breathe FILM Production, MOTION Design, INTERACTIVE Media - and everything in between. Our multi-talented team represents a unique blend of born and bred creative capability and technical genius. We put our heads together to create beautifully customised solutions for a broad range of media, from film to interactive installations. We are obsessed with developing concepts that translate into a finished product. And it all starts with one simple idea.

Object: Australian Design Centre
Event Contributor

Object is Australia’s leading centre for contemporary design and play a critical role in building a significant design culture for this country. We nurture a nation of innovative thinkers and we inspire audiences to use design in their lives. Object plays a critical role in celebrating the work of Australian artists who embrace the highest degree of craftsmanship and who continually explore material, process and ideas to advance contemporary design practice.

REMO General Store
Event Contributor

REMO General Store was launched in Sydney in 1988 as a trusted source for unique T Shirts and thoughtful gifts. The spirit of REMO lives on in its BRAND. A Custom Service is AVAILABLE for the following REMO branded items (minimum order quantities in brackets): notebooks & planners (500), customised keyrings (500), organic australian t shirts (200), fine waffleweave towels (50) & wall clocks (10).

Event Contributor

Rumble is a Music and Sound Design company that came to life when the partners, Tone Aston and Johnny Green, wanted to work in a new way by collaborating on the music and sound design in the earliest stages of the creative process. This allows them to create a soundscape that work best for any given job. Tone and Johnny work closely to craft a mix that allows both the music and sound design to work together instead of the mix being an after thought. The team at Rumble have composed, sound designed and mixed TV, radio, online and branded content for Australia's and the world's largest brands and agencies. We've been a part of D&AD, Canne Lion, AWARD, CLIO Awards and London International award winning campaigns. Rumble creates Music and Sound for all mediums, TV, film, branded content, radio and online.

Event Contributor

S&C is an award winning strategic design firm, engineering the future of companies all over the world. We create new products, services and businesses, which transform organisations and improve lives. Our holistic, human-centred and insight-driven approach helps us navigate complexity and create new value for our clients, and their customers.

During TEDxSydney, S&C together with The Australian Design Centre, will host a series of design-led workshops that are inspired by some of the keynote talks. These sessions will give participants first hand experience of the design thinking process to collaborate, innovate and create new services.

“TEDxSydney is one of the most respected events for innovation and creative thinking in Australia. Our partnership will allow us to demonstrate the strategic value of design-led methodologies that lead to higher business performance. We encourage people to collaborate and to think in new ways to achieve more meaningful outcomes. We hope to inspire the TEDxSydney community about the power of design to change lives and help create a more innovative Australia,” says Hanno Blankenstein, Director, S&C.

Smith Journal
Event Contributor

Smith Journal is a quarterly Australia-based publication that takes unexpected, interesting, funny and sometimes complicated stories and tells them the way you would to a bunch of friends at the pub. A mag that smart, creative people can peruse without shame, slap down on the coffee table, whack in their favourite old satchel or display proudly on the toilet reading rack.

STM Bags
Event Contributor

Founded in 1998 in Sydney, Australia, STM's mission was, and still remains; to come up with a more comfortable, secure and stylish means of transporting your digital gear. Today, STM makes a variety of laptop bags, packs, fitted tablet and phone cases. All designed to make life a bit more worry free. All TedX Sydney VIPs will receive an exclusive 'Trust' bag, which is part of STM's new 2014 Annex range. Annex is the result of a re-think, a different approach to your everyday carry. The Trust can be relied upon to carry and protect the essentials of your digital day. With room enough for a smorgasbord of other stuff that needs to make the commute.

The Milkbar
Event Contributor

The Milkbar is a boutique creative services agency based in Sydney, Australia.

They produce "things that move" including trailers, promos, documentaries and short films for the arts, media and entertainment industry.

Event Contributor

TOTEM is one of Australasia's most unique and exciting startups. A YouTube Network & Agency representing the best content in the video entertainment space.

We thrive on collaborations with brilliant talent, inspiring stories and insightful brands. Totem’s specialist skills and strategic advice are among the best on the planet. We provide solutions for content creators and brands to increase revenue and amplify engagement with target audiences through YouTube and other digital platforms.

Totem is proud to be associated with TEDxSydney as the Digital Broadcast Partner, enabling great content to reach its fullest potential through a connected and engaged global audience

Zip Industries
Event Contributor

Zip is world leader in instant boiling water. Australian-designed and Australian-made Zip instant boiling water systems are exported to more than 60 countries, and are used by millions around the world each day in homes, offices, factories, restaurants, canteens, hospitals and schools. Zip HydroTap gives boiling and chilled filtered water, instantly, from a single electronically controlled tap. New Zip HydroTap models to be introduced this year include those bringing you sparkling chilled filtered drinking water as well as boiling and chilled filtered water, plus there is a complete range offering you water filtered twenty-five times finer than in the past, for better tasting tea and coffee and healthier drinking water.