TEDxSydney 2019 – Speakers and Performers Announcement

TEDxSydney announces first round of speakers delivering ideas on the theme of “Legacy”, on Friday 24 May

TEDxSydney celebrates its 10-year anniversary and announces first round of speakers and performers for another expected sell-out event

TEDxYouth@Sydney 2019 also reveals first round of notable speakers

TEDxSydney – the leading platform for the propagation of Australian ideas, creativity and innovation – has today announced two major events and the first round of speakers and performers who will take the TEDxSydney 2019 stage on Friday 24 May at ICC Sydney.

This year, TEDxSydney celebrates its 10th-anniversary milestone of being Sydney’s ultimate destination for curious minds, game-changers and those who seek to be inspired. Local and international voices at TEDxSydney will explore the theme of Legacy across a unique day of talks, performances and much more.

Speakers announced include, slam poet and award-winning novelist, Maxine Beneba Clarke; indigenous leader Albert Wiggan, a Bardi-Kija-Nyul Nyul man who is passionate about culture, country and Indigenous science; tech entrepreneur, Ros Harvey who is committed to creating public good through the innovative use of technology; internationally renowned Australian architect, Peter Stutchbury; and Kurdish Iranian writer Behrouz Boochani, an asylum seeker currently on Manus Island who has recently been awarded Australia’s richest literary prize.

One of Australia’s most exciting new talents, 20-year-old rapper and spoken word artist, Genesis Owusu will take to the stage, as well as upcoming Sydney-based music act, HANDSOME, showing the audience her perfect mix of Tomboy pop and brooding electronica.

Fenella Kernebone, TEDxSydney’s Head of Curation, says: “As we celebrate X – our tenth year, our lineup of speakers will share their ideas on Legacy. There will be bold plans to solve the big problems of today and a chance to reflect on what we have inherited. We want to explore not only what has been left behind for us, but what we will leave behind for those that follow.

The theme allows us to challenge, question, interrogate, create and embrace new thinking as we consider our legacy in 2019. Can we change the past? Can we change the future? And most importantly, what do we want to be remembered for?”

More speakers and performers will be announced in the coming weeks.


TEDxYouth@Sydney also returns this year on Thursday 4 April at Seymour Centre where speakers will explore the theme, Cusp. The impressive line-up of speakers, all aged under 30, include game developer and technology advocate Ally McLean; proud Wiradjuri woman, Astrophysicist and science communicator, Kirsten Banks; 17-year-old Connor McLeod, whose campaigning efforts were pivotal to the introduction of tactile currency in Australia; and photographer and filmmaker, James J Robinson whose clients include The New York Times and Vogue Australia.

TEDxYouth@Sydney is proudly presented by The University of Sydney and supported by oOh! Media, Innovative Production Services and Viostream.

Registrations are available at

The Kick Start program from Principal Partner, St.George Bank, is also returning to TEDxSydney 2019. Anyone with a new Business idea or an idea for their existing business, can apply to enter the St.George Kick Start competition where 12 finalists will pitch their ideas on stage in 60 seconds to win one of the $40,000 cheques that can help transform their company. Stay tuned as applications will open end of March.

TEDxSydney is proud to work alongside a remarkable raft of partners; St.George Bank, oOh! Media, The University of Sydney, Virgin Australia and Delta Airlines, Multi Channel Network, Innovative Production Services, INVNT, Viostream, Work Club, Rackspace, TFE Hotels and Little Marionette.


TEDxSydney 2019 Flagship Event Speakers:

Behrouz Boochani: Recently awarded Australia’s richest literary prize, Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish Iranian writer and asylum seeker who has been detained on Manus Island since 2013.

Albert Wiggan: Young indigenous leader who co-produced Undermined: Tales From the Kimberley, a new documentary which explores how mining companies plan to exploit the Kimberley region for economic benefit while disregarding Indigenous communities’ connection to Country.

Ros Harvey: Entrepreneur and experienced global executive in the field of technology with a particular commitment to creating public good with private effort through innovative uses of technology. Named in 2018 as Australia’s Emerging Female Technology Leader by Women’s Agenda and one of the Australian Financial Reviews 100 Most Influential Women.

Peter Stutchbury: Awarded Australia’s highest honour for architecture the ‘Gold Medal’ in 2015, Stutchbury’s work is widely known for its striking geometric design with sustainability at its core.

Maxine Beneba Clarke: Widely published author of six books and slam poet, her award-winning memoir The Hate Race is currently being adapted for the Australian stage.

Craig Costello: Researcher in the Security and Cryptography group at Microsoft Research and is part of a team of researchers who claim to have developed secure, quantum computing-proof encryption that could potentially be implemented today.

Sara Morawetz: A multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores intersections between art, science, philosophy, and methodology.


TEDxSydney 2019 Flagship Event Performers:

HANDSOME: Sydney based singer who crafts a mix of Tomboy pop and brooding electronica to share a sound that’s distinctive and brand new.

Genesis Owusu: This 20-year-old rapper from ACT brings a unique sound, blending jazz with hip-hop while embracing the weird in both himself and his music.


TEDxSydney 2019 Flagship Event Page – Book now!

TEDxYouth@Sydney 2019 Event Page – Book now!


Photo by Jean-Jacques Halans