We live for ideas
Big ones. Small ones. Scary ones. Inspirational ones. 'Why-haven't-we-thought-of-this-before?' ones. Ideas are the engine that powers the world, and we're incredibly proud to be in the driver's seat for some of them. Our principal partnership with TEDxSydney aims to help bring these world changing ideas to life, and continue encouraging brilliant thinking.
TEDxSydney was held on Saturday 4 May at the Sydney Opera House in front of a live audience of over 2000 people. The event featured a selection of Australia’s leading thinkers, storytellers and performers.
Read our news coverage of the event here.
Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum explores blindness and the right to read.
- 15:48 minutes
Adjunct lecturer Jennifer Robinson on self-determination and human rights.
- 17:23 minutes
Simon Jackman, visiting Professor US Studies Centre, on applying scientific principles to politics.
- 13:24 minutes
Graduate Lisa Murray argues for the preservation of our digital records.
- 11:24 minutes
Associate Professor Bill Pritchard challenges our views on what it takes to create a food-secure world.
- 13:05 minutes
Graduate Marc Newson interviewed by Julian Morrow.
- 14:31 minutes
Graduate Rebecca Huntley on her research into social trends.
- 11:34 minutes
Graduate Paul Pholeros on improving health and living environments.
- 18:36 minutes
Political philosopher Tim Soutphommasane explores Australian multiculturalism in light of the Asian century.
- 15:50 minutes
Activist, entrepreneur and alumnus Jeremy Heimans reveals how consumers can solve climate change.
- 17:07 minutes
Installation artist and alumnus Lynette Wallworth showcases her work inspired by the Transit of Venus.
- 18:53 minutes
Architect and alumnus Gerard Reinmuth discusses the changing role of the architect with colleague Anthony Burke.
- 13:34 minutes
Professor John Crawford on the fabric of our civilisation – soil.
- 5:52 minutes
PhD student Derek Muller talks about the art of teaching through video.
- 6:20 minutes
PhD student Chris Neff debunks one of the biggest myths about sharks.
- 5:43 minutes
Alumnus and Sleek Geek Adam Spencer reveals his love for numbers.
- 6:29 minutes
Alumnus and community entrepreneur Darryl Nichols speaks about de-cluttering our lives.
- 4:36 minutes
Alumnus and marine ecosystem expert Ove Hoegh-Guldberg on his unique mission to save our coral reefs.
- 6:40 minutes
Professor Bryan Gaensler addresses the big questions about our universe.
- 14:21 minutes
TED is a nonprofit organisation which started as a four-day conference in California in 1984. Two major events are held each year: The TED Conference, which takes place every spring (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive) and TEDGlobal, which is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At each event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the program, but individual events are self-organised.
TEDxSydney is an independently organised event licensed from TED by Remo Giuffré (REMO General Store) and organised by a network of fellow thinkers and long time collaborators.
The University is a proud supporter of TEDxSydney as a forum for the exchange of ideas but has no role in selecting TEDx speakers. Views expressed by TEDx speakers do not necessarily reflect the views of the University.
1. Audience members line up at the Sydney Opera House. Photo by Halans
2. University chocolate display. Photo by Daniel Boud.
3. Audience members on stage. Photo by Fe Lumsdaine
4. Janne Ryan and Adam Spencer. Photo by David Clare, First Light Photography.
5. Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum. Photo by David Clare, First Light Photography.
6. Simon Jackman. Photo by David Clare, First Light Photography.