TEDxSydney 2015 Partners

We are excited to tell you about our Principal Partners for TEDxSydney 2015.

The University of Sydney
Principal Partner

At the University of Sydney, we’ve been a leader in ideas for more than 160 years. We generate, cultivate and nurture them for the benefit of Australia and the world. It’s what we’re all about. Making lives better by equipping our people with leadership qualities so their ideas can make a difference to all of our communities at every level.

As a leader in tertiary education, we have always been open to new ideas. We were one of the first universities in the world to admit students solely on academic merit, and to open our doors to women on the same basis as men. In creating the first university in Australia, our founders recognised the power of education – and new ideas – to change society. We hold that belief just as strongly today.

Our partnership with TEDxSydney and TEDxYouth@Sydney is a perfect fit as we share a passion for bringing together a diversity of ideas and fresh perspectives to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges.

St George
Principal Partner

At St.George, we are passionate about supporting, sharing and growing ideas in Australia. We’re committed to helping our customers, our employees and our communities to start something - supporting ideas and helping to turn them into reality.

St.George has been a pioneer in the adoption and use of new technologies. We were the first bank to introduce internet banking in Australia, and second in the world. We were also the first bank to market with support for wearables and fingerprint technology for mobile banking. We have always looked to develop new ways of making banking easier. We are digital pioneers, because we believe in thinking differently. We believe the best ideas come from sharing and that’s why TEDxSydney is the perfect platform for us to bring together and generate ideas worth spreading.

oOh! Media
Leadership 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.

Leadership Partner

TEDxSydney has built its reputation on challenging the status quo and bringing new and innovative ideas to the fore. Similarly Optus has built its brand as a market challenger over the last 20 years and is proud to support a unique event that shares this challenger spirit and commitment to digital innovation.

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 2015 and assist in the sharing of “Ideas worth Spreading”

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.

Major Partner

Salesforce Australia is a proud sponsor of this year’s TEDxSydney - the leading platform for the propagation of Australian ideas, creativity, innovation and culture to the rest of the world. The partnership brings together our shared values of ideation, actionable innovation and community.

Sixteen years ago, Salesforce reinvented the way businesses connect with their customers through the power of cloud technology. Today, Salesforce is the world’s leading enterprise cloud ecosystem. 

For this year’s event, TEDxSydney and Salesforce will connect the main activities at the Opera House with the wider community through social media and the Satellites program. Using Salesforce Social Studio, we will create an onsite Social Media Command Centre to bring the lively conversations that are happening online, back into the Opera House

This year TEDxSydney is on a Thursday and we are encouraging organisations to bring innovation to their workplaces, schools and communities by hosting their own TEDx event and tuning into the talks online. For more information on how Salesforce can deliver the TEDx Sydney experience to you, follow this link

At Salesforce we believe the business of business should be about improving the state of the world and our collaboration with TEDxSydney drives our combined vision of spreading world-changing ideas that inform and inspire.

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 Jaro.com – 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.”

The Guardian
Event Partner

Guardian News & Media (GNM) publishes theguardian.com, the third largest English-speaking newspaper website in the world (comScore, December 2014). Since launching its US and Australia digital editions in 2011 and 2013 respectively, traffic from outside of the UK now represents around two-thirds of the Guardian’s total digital audience.

In the UK, GNM publishes the Guardian newspaper six days a week, first published in 1821, and the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper, The Observer.

The Guardian is most recently renowned for its Pulitzer Prize and Emmy-winning revelations based on the disclosures made by whistleblower Edward Snowden. In 2014, the Guardian was named newspaper and website of the year at the Society of Editors UK Press Awards and is the most trusted news source in the UK (Ofcom digital media report, 2014).

The Guardian is also known for its globally acclaimed investigation into phone hacking, the launch of its ground-breaking digital-first strategy in 2011 and its trailblazing partnership with WikiLeaks in 2010.

TFE Hotels
Event Partner

TEDxSydney is excited to announce its partnership with TFE Hotels (Toga Far East Hotels), one of the leading hotel operators in the world. Their hotel brands include Adina Apartment Hotels, Medina Serviced Apartments, Rendezvous Hotels, Vibe Hotels and Travelodge Hotels. Expect to access some exciting experiences as part of the TEDxSydney community this year - "Our partnership with TEDxSydney is a perfect opportunity for us to research and uncover insights to support the future of travel. says Emma Fraser, from TFE Hotels. "The theme of Learning (Never Stops) resonates well with us, as we continually focus on the ever-changing concept of value within the travel experience and deliver on our “guests first” philosophy.

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.

ARIA Catering
Hospitality Partner

A proud supporter of TEDxSydney 2015.

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 is an incredible organisation bringing the ideas to the community; something we feel strongly about.

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.

M&C Saatchi
Event Contributor

M&C Saatchi is a globally awarded, integrated creative agency. We deliver impact for our clients by creating contagious ideas built off powerful brand platforms. Strategic rigour, creative depth and a bias towards action drive our success. Recently awarded BRW’s 2nd most innovative company in Australia, B&T's Agency & Employer of the Year as well as Campaign Asia's Agency of Year.

Event Partner

Viocorp are leaders in cloud based online video solutions and have been working across Australia and Asia Pacific for over 10 years. Viocorp’s solutions contribute to the success of content strategies across the whole enterprise and enrich the communications across marketing, internal communications, government, IT, corporate communications and events.

We know that online video has the power to reach more people and increase customer engagement and conversion to grow any organisation. Our solutions address all the needs of the enterprise from security, bandwidth and storage to reporting, branding and accessibility.

White Chocolate
Event Partner

White Chocolate is an artist owned and operated post production company based in Darlington, Sydney. Founders David Mosqueda and Chris Grocott have combined their extensive skills and experience to create a facility where directors, agencies and staff can collaborate to create great work.

Countplus One
Event Contributor

Countplus One is the financial accounting partner and auditor for TEDxSydney. 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.

Corban & Blair
Event Contributor

Corban & Blair are product designers who create marketing and gifting solutions for the corporate & retail sectors. They work in collaboration with other designers and makers. Products: Travel wallets, travel items, frames, folders, albums, journals. Products are made in Australia, China and New Zealand. Corban & Blair have their own Australian factory where many of their specially designed boxes, presentation folders and bound items are made. They are passionate about creating products that are innovative, meaningful and showcase Australia in a stylish way to reflect and communicate our unique culture.

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.

Fresh Films
Event Contributor

A proud supporter of TEDxSydney 2015.

Event Contributor

Founded in 2010, Instagram now has over 300 million users worldwide. Instagram gives people a way to capture and share the world’s moments – from the everyday to the spectacular. Capturing moments allows our community to connect through shared passions, creating human relationships through interactions and Instameets. The way people communicate is changing. By putting cameras on phones, images are emerging as a new form of language. We are using images to talk to each other, to communicate what we’re doing, what we’re thinking and to tell stories. Instagram is leading this shift.

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.

Lisa McGuigan Wines
Event Contributor

Consolidating a lifetime in wine, Lisa McGuigan has launched her own independently owned wine label, aptly named Lisa McGuigan Wines.

Marque Lawyers
Event Contributor

Marque Lawyers provides pro bono legal support for TEDxSydney. Marque is a Sydney-based commercial law firm with 8 partners, gun lawyers, a surprisingly cool website, no pretensions to superiority other than in lunchtime netball, and a genuine commitment to cake. It's law, done differently.

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.

NEP Broadcasting
Event Contributor

NEP has been dedicated to innovative problem solving for over 30 years. We deliver solutions for remote production, studio production, video display and host broadcasting that set the global industry standard. We continually assess new technology, combining our technical expertise with experience-driven insights. The results are solutions designed to deliver impact. We are happy to be supporters of TEDxSydney.

Pandora Internet Radio
Event Contributor

Pandora Internet Radio gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through laptops, mobiles, tablets, cars and more than 250 consumer products including the new Apple Watch. Personalised and effortless, stations launch instantly after the input of a favourite artist, song or genre. The Music Genome Project®, a deeply-detailed musical taxonomy, powers Pandora® and is the only human-computer algorithm. Music Analysts classify songs with up to 450 “genes” creating a musicological "DNA". Adding constant listener feedback and the wisdom of 50 billion “thumbs” from some 290 million listeners, creates the most sophisticated music enjoyment and discovery music streaming platform available. Millions of people turn on Pandora every month to enjoy music they love.

Jane Huxley, Managing Director, ANZ says:

"Pandora Internet Radio was built on a vision of unleashing the infinite power of music and 10 years on, some 80 million listeners a month, enjoy and discover music, effortlessly enhancing their everyday lives. Once a listener downloads and starts to use 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.”

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.

A longstanding supporter of TEDxSydney and proud to partner again in 2015.

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.

Simon & Schuster
Event Contributor

Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. Simon & Schuster is a proud co-publisher of TED Books.

Event Contributor

SOCiETY are a dedicated social marketing agency. We believe in re-invention. Times have changed and so too must brands. Social has the power to create, shape and influence communities and conversation around real brand purpose. To find that purpose a brand must find its place in society.

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

Work Club
Event Contributor

Work Club is a co-working office that represents a 21st Century approach to working. We are more than a sophisticated backdrop for our members. We actively encourage the alchemy of place and people, entrepreneurs and executives, vision and collaboration, ambition and talent. Work Club is delighted that TEDxSydney is a member of Work Club. Work Club seeks to provide some answers across industries and backgrounds to some of big questions of this age. We see a close alignment in values and quality of content and are delighted that TEDxSydney is a member of Work Club.

Event Contributor

Collaborative consumption first captured the public's imagination following TEDxSydney in 2010, and today, just five years later, we're excited to announce that we've partnered with TEDxSydney as their first official ridesharing partner! Thousands of drivers are now using uberX to move hundreds of thousands of riders around Sydney. We think that's an idea worth spreading!

Event Contributor

Fotobox is a consumer engagement company that provides a variety of photo-related service using the next generation photo booth, advance Instagram printer to the new mobile photo tool, Mobsta. Fotobox specialises in social media marketing and branding for events. We can help you to promote your brand online or offline at events, activation, conference and exhibitions via social media marketing. We even provide you a detail ROI report post event. Fotobox is the first photo capturing company to provide a custom box, interface, frame and interactive ad design.

Regardless of whether your marketing goal is to capture email leads, amplify your brand presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, measure Facebook impressions or just to provide a fun time during your event, Fotobox will help you achieve that goal. We are more than a photo booth, We are Fotobox.