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TEDxSydney 2018

Date:
15 June 2018

Venue:
ICC Sydney Theatre, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney, NSW 2000

TEDxSydney took place at ICC Sydney, in Darling Harbour on Friday 15 June 2018. 

It was the biggest TEDxSydney to date!
Our incredible group of speakers and performers inspired thousands with talks, performances, films and debate focused around HumanKind.
You can check out the images from the day or re-watch the livestream here
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Talks from TEDxSydney 2018

Performance

Moorambilla Voices from Scarcity to Abundance | Michelle Leonard

In this short talk, founder and conductor of Moorambilla Voices Michelle Leonard OAM explains with passion, humour and relentless positivity, why music must be more than a passive activity.

Performance

What happens in your throat when you beatbox? | Tom Thum & Dr Matthew Broadhurst

Beatboxer Tom Thum has a symphony in his throat, but how does he make those sounds? Armed with a microphone and camera, get up close and personal as we...

Performance

We Can Be More – a 13-year-old poet’s campaign to save the world | Solli Raphael

13-year-old poet, Solli Raphael, a  asks "what kind of human are you, what kind am I?" Solli's unique and emotive poetry aims to explore human action towards environmental sustainability.

Performance

60 kids of Moorambilla Voices sing about The Brewarrina Fishtraps | Moorambilla Voices

In this moving and beautiful performance, 60 children from Moorambilla Voices perform the song “Guya”. These children aged 8 to 11 travelled 10 hours by bus to perform at...

Talk

How I taught myself to be more courageous | Magda Szubanski

In this powerful talk, celebrated Australian author and actress Magda Szubanski uses lessons from her Nazi-fighting family to explore where courage originates. She asks if there is such thing...

Performance

Watch Me Read You | Odette

Sydney singer songwriter Odette mixes spoken word and soulful vocals. In an exquisite solo performance on piano and vocals, Odette sings "Watch Me Read You" at TEDxSydney 2018.

Performance

Formaldehyde | Didirri

Melbourne singer-songwriter Didirri performs Formaldehyde at TEDxSydney 2018. Didirri’s challenging and thoughtful writing has won listeners around the world. Weaving through uninhibited, relatable, and sometimes political lyrics, and...

Performance

Blind You and Formaldehyde | Didirri

In a moving performance, Melbourne singer-songwriter Didirri performs two songs, Blind You and Formaldehyde at TEDxSydney 2018. Didirri’s challenging and thoughtful writing has won listeners around the world. Weaving...

Performance

Blind You | Didirri

In a moving performance, Melbourne singer-songwriter Didirri performs two songs, Blind You and Formaldehyde at TEDxSydney 2018 Didirri’s challenging and thoughtful writing has won listeners around the world. Weaving...

Performance

Natural Woman | Kaiit

The soulful sounds of Kaiit accompanied by her band, performs her song, Natural Woman live on the TEDxSydney 2018 stage. With honeyed vocals, fierce rhymes and a bold eclectic...

Performance

Natural Woman and OG Luv Kush, Pt. 2. | Kaiit

The soulful sounds of Kaiit accompanied by her band, performs two songs live on the TEDxSydney 2018 stage, Natural Woman as well as premiering her new track OG Luv...

Performance

OG Luv Kush, Pt. 2. | Kaiit

The soulful sounds of Kaiit accompanied by her band, premieres her new track OG Luv Kush, Pt. 2. on the TEDxSydney stage. With honeyed vocals, fierce rhymes and a...

Performance

A giant twelve-headed creature sings | The Lumiphonic Creature Choir

“The Lumiphonic Creature Choir” is a giant twelve-headed creature that comes alive and sings on stage at TEDxSydney 2018. Created by multimedia artist, Mark Bolotin. Mark Bolotin is an...

Talk

I have to talk with my daughter about racism now | Miles Merrill

By choosing to create this talk, Miles Merrill faced the tough decision to discuss the n-word and racism with his eight-year old daughter. After an awkward formal chat, he...

Talk

The power and potential of curiosity-driven research | Suzie Sheehy

As Dr Suzie Sheehy explains, the conveniences of our modern lives owe much to curiosity-driven research. In this entertaining talk, she celebrates the virtue of seemingly pointless scientific research...

Talk

What does it take to change a mind? | Lucinda Beaman

As fact check editor at The Conversation, Lucinda Beaman sees first-hand the conflict between facts and beliefs. She offers a framework for understanding how we process information and how...

Talk

Housing Crisis? How about Housing Solution. | Nicole Gurran

In this persuasive talk, Nicole Gurran explains why wealthy nations like Australia face crisis levels of housing inequality. She argues that the solutions lie in a rebuild of social...

Talk

How diversity in Fire and Rescue will build a safer society | Bronnie Mackintosh

"We do more than just fight fires". In this engaging short talk, Firefighter Bronnie Mackintosh explains that a diverse Fire and Rescue workforce, one that truly reflects the society...

Talk

Five things I learned from being the oldest employee at Facebook | Stephen Scheeler

Aged 47, Stephen Scheeler found himself the oldest hire at Facebook. Faced with a swirling hot tub of idealistic, ambitious millennials, Scheeler risked being dismissed as irrelevant. He set...

Talk

Mathematics is the sense you never knew you had | Eddie Woo

In this illuminating talk, high school mathematics teacher and YouTube star Eddie Woo shares his passion for mathematics, declaring that "mathematics is a sense, just like sight and touch"...

Talk

A real history of Aboriginal Australians, the first agriculturalists | Bruce Pascoe

Indigenous writer and anthologist Bruce Pascoe draws on first-hand accounts from colonial journals to dispel the myth that Aboriginal people were hunters and gatherers and "did nothing with the...

Talk

What I learned about conflict from living on “Mars” | James Bevington

Surely six people living in isolation for eight months as part of a simulated mission to Mars would experience some epic conflicts, right? James Bevington, the commander of Mission...

Talk

The long and the short of it: life lessons from art-dog Teena | David Capra

Performance artist David Capra appears on the TEDxSydney stage with his seven-year-old dachshund, Teena. Together they unpack the qualities of living the good life while tackling naysayers and anxiety.

Talk

How can we design AI that we trust? | Fang Chen

According to artificial intelligence professional, Dr Fang Chen, "the continual use of technology hinges upon human trust. It’s one of the main roadblocks to overcome". In this fascinating talk,...

Talk

A perfect apology in three steps | Jahan Kalantar

Saying sorry is something most of us are terrible at – we favour emojis over emotions. In this touching short talk, criminal defence lawyer Jahan Kalantar offers advice on...

Talk

I have to talk with my daughter about racism now | Miles Merrill

By choosing to create this talk, Miles Merrill faced the tough decision to discuss the n-word and racism with his eight-year old daughter. After an awkward formal chat, he...

Talk

The robot doctor will see you now: evolution of robotic vision | Anjali Jaiprakash

In this enlightening talk, Robobiologist Anjali Jaiprakash demonstrates how she has used a robotic vision technology called Light Field to build a retina-imaging device that she hopes will help...

Talk

A digital spinal cord that streams your thoughts | Thomas Oxley

In what could be the first direct link between AI and the human brain, interventional neurologist Thomas Oxley reveals the world's first minimally invasive digital spinal cord. He shares...

Talk

The home, art and place | Ian Strange

Multidisciplinary artist Ian Strange considers how home shapes the way we think of ourselves and our communities. Strange creates large scale art projects and installations incorporating homes around the...

Talk

All justice is social | Rod Bower

What does a just society look like, and how do we go about creating one? In this compelling talk, Father Rod Bower tackles the barriers everyone must overcome, to...

Talk

The power and potential of the women’s game | Chyloe Kurdas

What if we could build a national competition? In this moving and inspiring talk, Australian Football League Women's (AFLW) Pioneer Chyloe Kurdas, details the barriers to success that she...

Contributors from TEDxSydney 2018

Speaker

Bruce Pascoe

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Chyloe Kurdas

Speaker

David Capra

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Eddie Woo

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Fang Chen

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Ian Strange

Speaker

Jahan Kalantar

Speaker

James Bevington

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Lucinda Beaman

Speaker

Magda Szubanski

Speaker

Miles Merrill

Speaker

Nicole Gurran

Speaker

Suzie Sheehy

Speaker

Thomas Oxley

Performer

Didirri

Performer

Kaiit

Performer

Odette

Performer

Solli Raphael

Performer

Tom Thum