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TEDxYouth@Sydney sparks ideas for change


20 November 2013

The University of Sydney was an integral part of TEDxYouth@Sydney, with students appearing in the speaker line-up, giving musical and artistic performances, and working behind the scenes. Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence pictured with student Victoria Baldwin and graduate Chad O'Neill.
The University of Sydney was an integral part of TEDxYouth@Sydney, with students appearing in the speaker line-up, giving musical and artistic performances, and working behind the scenes. Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence pictured with student Victoria Baldwin and graduate Chad O'Neill.

Ideas to inspire political bystanders, combat mental illness and overcome poverty in India were some of the powerful topics explored by a passionate group of young people at TEDxYouth@Sydney.

The Sydney event joined more than 100 events around the world in celebrating TEDxYouthDay, which empowers young leaders to spark a discussion about their ideas to change the world.

The University of Sydney was an integral part of the TEDxYouth@Sydney event, with students appearing on the speaker line-up, giving musical performances, working behind the scenes and creating a live mural artwork on the day.

During the event, the University invited more than 200 young attendees aged 14 to 24 to share their ideas to spark change. Take a look at some of these creative and inspiring ideas that were put forward on the day.

As the first speaker of the day, University student Katherine Hudson called on Generation Y to engage in the political process. "Politicians will be dead once climate change really takes hold, but we will be alive and so will our children. We need to fight. We can't afford to be disengaged," Katherine said.

Fellow student speaker Hannah Ryan questioned whether the impact of social media would result in the self-censorship of courageous ideas.

As part of the University of Sydney's involvement in TEDxYouth@Sydney, a group of Sydney College of the Arts students painted a live mural on the day.
As part of the University of Sydney's involvement in TEDxYouth@Sydney, a group of Sydney College of the Arts students painted a live mural on the day.

Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, joined Jess Scully, TEDxSydney Curator; Blair French, Assistant Director of Curatorial and Digital at the Museum of Contemporary Art; and recent graduate Chad O'Neill on a panel discussion examining the role of educators and institutions in the digital age.


TEDxYouth@Sydney was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday 18 November 2013. Recorded talks will be available to watch online in the coming weeks.

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