TEDxSydney 2014





Hope you enjoyed the show!

We hope you enjoyed TEDxSydney 2014 as much as we did. More than 2200 people attended the event, which took place in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

The event featured 16 speakers including Dr Clio Cresswell from the Faculty of Science – who spoke about the relationship between mathematics and sex and other elements of life – and Professor Richard Banati from the Brain, Mind and Research Institute who asked: Is recycling good for the planet?

In The Studio

As Principal Partner of TEDxSydney 2014, the University hosted a 300-strong crowd in The Studio, where staff and students took to the stage to discuss their remarkable stories and research, including:

  • Professor Ben Freedman and Nicole Lowres speaking about their research behind a new stroke test that is an iPhone cover, enabling a quick and accurate diagnosis of unknown atrial fibrillation.
  • PhD student Ali Fathi, who has developed a cartilage-repairing injectable gel that has the potential to do away with open knee surgery.
  • Jo Morrison, who spoke about the University's award-winning startup accelerator and entrepreneur program INCUBATE which supports entrepreneurs including Ali Fathi
  • Professor Hala Zreiqat, who has developed a material that can mimic the property of bone, which has the potential to revolutionise treatment for bone breakages.

Our bright minds at TEDxSydney 2014

If you missed out on TEDxSydney, we’ll have edited videos from the event available soon – including Dr Clio Cresswell and Professor Richard Banati on the main stage.

You can also watch the recording of the unedited live stream of the entire day. Make sure you visit ‘In The Studio’ to see our staff, students, researchers and Sydney Conservatorium of Music musicians in action.

These are your stories shared

To celebrate our partnership with TEDxSydney 2014, we asked our community to share their greatest lessons. Check out the video below to see how our on-campus Wall of Lessons was transformed into an 18m-long masterpiece over three days.

What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit devoted to the mission of spreading ideas. The TED phenomenon has captured the minds of a global community, bringing together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives.

Our principal partnership with TEDxSydney aims to help bring world changing ideas to life and to continue encouraging brilliant thinking. TEDxSydney will happen once again at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday 26 April 2014.

Our bright minds at TEDxSydney 2013

Watch our academics and alumni take to the stage at TEDxSydney 2013.

My Insight Into The Blind Reading Revolution

My Insight Into The Blind Reading Revolution

Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum explores blindness and the right to read.

  • 15:48 minutes
Courage is Contagious

Courage is Contagious

Adjunct lecturer Jennifer Robinson on self-determination and human rights.

  • 17:23 minutes
The Democracy Data Revolution

The Democracy Data Revolution

Simon Jackman, visiting Professor US Studies Centre, on applying scientific principles to politics.

  • 13:24 minutes
Future-Proofing Our Digital Future

Future-Proofing Our Digital Future

Graduate Lisa Murray argues for the preservation of our digital records.

  • 11:24 minutes
The Reality of Food Aid

The Reality of Food Aid

Associate Professor Bill Pritchard challenges our views on what it takes to create a food-secure world.

  • 13:05 minutes
Designer of Scale

Designer of Scale

Graduate Marc Newson interviewed by Julian Morrow.

  • 14:31 minutes
The Truth in Social Research

The Truth in Social Research

Graduate Rebecca Huntley on her research into social trends.

  • 11:34 minutes
How Design Can Help Fight Poverty

How Design Can Help Fight Poverty

Graduate Paul Pholeros on improving health and living environments.

  • 18:36 minutes

Photo credits

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.


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.