Adam Spencer 'primed' to speak at TED

23 January 2013

A standout audition where he shared his lifelong passion for prime numbers has seen University of Sydney alumnus and Sleek Geek, Adam Spencer selected to present at the 2013 annual TED conference, to be staged in the US in late February.

Spencer was part of a group of University alumni, students and professors who auditioned during the Australian leg of a worldwide search conducted by TEDx organisers in 2012. Watch his presentation above.

The worldwide search took in 14 cities across the globe, including Amsterdam, Bangalore, Doha, Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, New York, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Tunis and Vancouver.

In 2012, the University of Sydney partnered with the Sydney offshoot of TED, TEDxSydney, for the first time ever as exclusive education partner.

TED2013 will be staged from 25 February to 1 March in Long Beach and Palm Beach, California and will be watched online right across the globe.

About TED

TED is a global speakers' event devoted to the theme of 'ideas worth spreading'. This year's theme is "The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered".

TED - which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design - began in Silicon Valley in 1984 as a vehicle for technology business leaders to exchange ideas. Since then it has developed into a global non-profit think tank and has spawned hundreds of independently organised events around the world.

Past speakers include former US President Bill Clinton; former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown; Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates; Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin; UK entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson; musician Bono, as well as several Nobel Prize winners.

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