Tuesday, March 9, 2010

TEDx Sydney - 22 May

On Saturday Jodie and I went along to TEDx Brisbane and wow, it was an amazing event! TED stands for 'Technology, Entertainment and Design' and the idea of TED is for a bunch of really interesting people to share what their working on in short lectures. I've always enjoyed watching the videos of these lectures from the TED website.

TEDx is an independently organised TED event, and Brisbane TEDx was organised by Carl Lindgren and Paul Fairweather who did an amazing job. All the presentations were inspiring and some particularly so. The full line up of speakers from the day is listed on the TEDx Brisbane website here. My favourite presentation for the day was the photojournalist Nigel Brennan who spoke about being held hostage in Somalia for 15 months. I also enjoyed Dr. Joel Gilmore's presentation on the pros and cons of nuclear power, and Deborah Fleming talking about the ABC TV show Australian Story which she started.

In addition to the great speakers there were plenty of breaks and opportunities to meet the other attendees and I got to meet some really interesting people who I plan to stay in touch with. I've been going along to a lot of entrepreneurial type events and those have been great, but the thing I loved about TEDx is that the topics covered are so broad so I was exposed to lots of ideas and people that I might not come across normally.

TEDx Sydney is scheduled for 22 May and I'm very keen to go along to it now too. You need to apply to attend so visit their website to sign up to their newsletter and you'll be notified when applications are open. TEDx Brisbane had over 1000 people apply for what was initially only 260 places. The videos from TEDx Brisbane should be online soon.

1 comment:

  1. I'm SO jealous - I can't believe this has come and gone and I missed it! I've been a fan of TED for years. If I had to pick a favourite, I don't think I could go past the most popular talk ever - Sir Ken Robinson's talk on Education and Creativity, followed by Malcolm Gladwell's Spaghetti Sauce talk, Ze Frank's Nerdy Comedy, J.J. Abram's Mystery Box.