TEDxSydney





TEDxSydney 2014 is coming, pass it on!

Join us and get involved with the world’s most popular ideas festival.

As Principal Partner and exclusive education and research partner of TEDxSydney 2014, we’re delighted to share our passion for thought leadership and challenging ideas.

Our partnership with TEDxSydney is a perfect fit. We share a vision for bringing together a diversity of ideas and fresh perspectives to tackle the big issues and debates of our time – at the University of Sydney, it’s something we’ve been doing for more than 160 years.

What's your greatest lesson? Pass it on to win!

To celebrate our partnership with TEDxSydney 2014, we’re sharing as many of your stories as possible so we can all learn a little something from each other.

We’re giving you the chance to win tickets to TEDxSydney 2014 at Sydney Opera House on Saturday 26 April, and vouchers worth $500 to study at the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) at the University of Sydney.

So, write it, snap it, tag it and pass it on.

How to enter

  1. Open an Instagram account and follow @sydney_uni
  2. Take an original photo or video that inspires you and in the caption write a response to the question: 'What is your greatest lesson to share?'
  3. Upload it to Instagram and tag it #passitonsydney and @sydney_uni
  4. Make your profile public so we can see your entry.
  5. Enter as many times as you like.
  6. Entries for TEDxSydney tickets close 16 April 2014.
  7. Entries for CCE vouchers close 30 April 2014.

Read full competition terms and conditions.

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.