TEDxSydneySalon February 2017

15 February 2017

Tower Two, International Towers, 200 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

TEDxSydneySalons are intimate, evening events combining talks, films and music, presented by Toyota Prius. Designed to spark discussion and debate, TEDxSydneySalons are a great way to get to know other members of the TEDxSydney community, to exchange ideas, foster friendships and kickstart collaborations.

The February 2017 Salon investigated the theme of technology and took place in Tower Two, International Towers, in Sydney’s newest suburb, Barangaroo – a nexus of innovation in design, engineering, and sustainability.

The lineup included 2016 TEDxSydney speaker Jordan Nguyen, a visionary writer, and engineer whose life-changing work focuses on intelligent, futuristic and inclusive technology for the disability sector. Jordan returned to share his latest research, and to showcase more of his work in the latest film in our TEDxSydneyAdventures series. We were also joined by Jessica Irwin, a young woman with a unique perspective on life. Born with a high level of cerebral palsy and with an equally high level of self-determination and raw talent, she joined us on stage to speak about the role of technology in her creative life. Also joining Jess Irwin on stage were Thomas Rann and James Wannan from the Australia Piano Quartet as well as Jack Symonds (Sydney Chamber Opera Director).

In addition, we heard from John Goh, a school principal from Merrylands in South Western Sydney whose innovative practices using disruptive technologies are transcending traditional school learning, and Alice Gorman, an internationally recognised leader in the emerging field of space archaeology, who introduced us to the concept of ‘lunar mining’ and asked us to consider how it will affect the way we feel about the Moon. Plus singer, multi-instrumentalist and harpist, Jake Meadows joined us on stage with his contemporary approach to the harp and electronics, and we rounded the evening out with post-event sunset drinks and discussions with fellow TEDx community members.

The February 2017 TEDxSydneySalon was live streamed here on and on our Facebook page. Watch the archive livestream of the full event here

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Image: Jordan Nguyen at TEDxSydney 2016, Photo by Katie Barget


Talks from TEDxSydneySalon February 2017


Live Performance | Jake Meadows

Jake Meadows introduces his unique performance technique for hapr, and treats us to a special live performance. Stamping a solid international reputation with his modern approach to harp, Meadows has...


Where is Technology Leading Humanity? (Q&A) | Jordan Nguyen

TEDxSydney 2016 speaker Jordan Nguyen returned to the TEDxSydney community in February 2017 to share his ideas on where he believes technology is leading humanity.  Dr Jordan Nguyen’s mission in...


Learning to play an instrument with your eyes | Jessica Irwin

From a wooden alphabet board to the iPad - photographer, graphic and web designer, Jessica Irwin speaks about the role of technology in her creative life. Born with a...


How Technology is Disrupting Traditional School Learning | John Goh

Imagine a primary school, where students from culturally diverse backgrounds can learn anytime, anywhere and with anyone. Imagine a school with no bells and where students can eat whenever...

Contributors from TEDxSydneySalon February 2017


Jessica Irwin


Jordan Nguyen


Alice Gorman


John Goh


Jake Meadows