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Empowering young leaders at TEDxYouth@Sydney


1 October 2013

Professor Tyrone Carlin, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Educational Operations) with the TEDxYouth@Sydney team.
Professor Tyrone Carlin, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Educational Operations) with the TEDxYouth@Sydney team.

The University of Sydney is bringing TEDx to a new generation as the principal partner of TEDxYouth@Sydney.

Presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in collaboration with TEDxSydney, the event will be held on Sunday 17 November 2013 in front of a live audience aged 14 to 24 years.

The one-day event will join a global network of events held in over 100 locations around the world.

Speakers include: investigative journalist and Walkley Award Finalist Paul Farrell; Co-Founder of Wear It Purple and GLBTIQ activist Katherine Hudson; Melanie Tran, the first person with spinal muscular atrophy to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award; and more to be announced.

University of Sydney student James Colley and graduate Susie Youssef will lend their comedic expertise to the day as MCs.

TEDxYouth@Sydney visitor experience coordinator and recent University graduate, Chad O'Neill, can't wait to bring people together to share brilliant ideas.

"Working to recreate the energy, urgency, dynamism and fun of TED for young people like myself is incredibly fulfilling."

"Simply to be a part of a global event, and to work with the MCA's Young Creatives team, as well as the TEDxSydney team as mentors, has been the opportunity of a lifetime," he said.

The youth event follows the success of TEDxSydney, which was held at the Sydney Opera House in May this year.

As the principal partner of TEDxSydney, the University's involvement in TEDxYouth@Sydney is a reflection of our continued commitment to sharing the TEDx ethos of 'ideas worth spreading' across generations.

"It is an exciting milestone to extend the TEDxSydney conversation to young people, with whom we are fundamentally connected," says Professor Tyrone Carlin, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Educational Operations) at the University of Sydney.

"This partnership will continue our ongoing work to empower young leaders and ensure a wide and diverse audience have the opportunity to discuss and generate ideas for tomorrow."

TEDxSydney licensee and longtime TEDster Remo Giuffré says, "when we discussed partnering with MCA Australia on the development of a TEDxYouth event to augment TEDxSydney, we didn't have to look, or think, beyond our Principal Partner the University of Sydney for the ideal Principal Partner to support the youth event.

"Turning curious minds into remarkable young adults is at the heart of all they do," he said.

The live event is limited to just over 200 audience members, but the talks and performances will be live-streamed, enabling thousands of people across the world to share in the experience.

More information on TEDxYouth@Sydney is available on the University's website.


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