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University of Sydney announces partnership with TEDxSydney


10 May 2012

TEDxSydney, the event devoted to 'ideas worth spreading', will be held in CarriageWorks in Eveleigh, next to the University of Sydney. [Image: TEDxSydney/Milena Dekic]
TEDxSydney, the event devoted to 'ideas worth spreading', will be held in CarriageWorks in Eveleigh, next to the University of Sydney. [Image: TEDxSydney/Milena Dekic]

For the first time the University of Sydney is partnering with TEDxSydney, the annual event of 'Ideas worth spreading'.

TEDxSydney 2012 speakers will include Professor Geoffrey Garrett, the dean of the University of Sydney Business School, as well as Sydney alumni such as online activist Jeremy Heimans and singer Tim Freedman.

The TEDx program, which returns to CarriageWorks in Sydney's Eveleigh on Saturday 26 May 2012, is an offshoot of US-based TED talks, founded in 1984. TED speakers have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Sir Richard Branson and Bono.

"We are delighted to join TEDxSydney as the exclusive education partner," said Dr Michael Spence, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney.

"We share a passion for thought leadership, challenging ideas and intellectual engagement. For more than 160 years the University has been a centre of learning and engaged enquiry.

"Our partnership with TEDxSydney is a natural fit as we continue to ask questions and seek answers to the world's big issues."

TEDxSydney will feature a selection of Australia's leading thinkers, storytellers and performers sharing their ideas with an invited audience. Talks will be simulcast globally via webstream, and a live viewing event will be hosted in the CarriageWorks foyer by University of Sydney alumnus Julian Morrow, co-founder of The Chaser.

TEDxSydney licensee and longterm TEDster Remo Giuffré said the 2012 event aimed to surpass last year's, and will include including a second day of programming with the TED Worldwide Talent Search. The global experiment will be co-hosted by TED curator Chris Anderson and content director Kelly Stoetzel.

"As a non-profit event TEDxSydney could not exist without the in-kind and financial support we receive - and we certainly could not afford to continue to grow the event," Giuffré said.

The TED series of events feature talks and performances designed to spark discussion and connections. [Image: TEDxSydney/Milena Dekic]
The TED series of events feature talks and performances designed to spark discussion and connections. [Image: TEDxSydney/Milena Dekic]

"We are thrilled to be working with the University of Sydney for TEDxSydney 2012. Ideas worth spreading is what education is all about, and education is what TED is increasingly about. The University of Sydney is a great institution, and there's a natural fit between us. We look forward to doing good things together."

Confirmed speakers for TEDxSydney 2012 include: a robotics researcher and developer, an environmental historian, an award winning researcher of weeds, a Nobel Prize-winning astronomer, a professor of visual neuroscience, a multi-media artist, a world leader in data storage and a number of musicians.

Also filling one of the prestigious speaker slots at TEDxSydney is University of Sydney Business School Dean Professor Geoffrey Garrett, who was the founding CEO of the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, and was identified as one of The Australian newspaper's 50 Most Influential People in Education 2012. Professor Garrett will look forward to 2050 and the opportunities on offer to Australia in a world shaped not by the G8 or G20, but by the powerful and interdependent relationship between the United States and China known as the G2.

University of Sydney alumni speaking at TEDxSydney include: activist and entrepreneur Jeremy Heimans, philosopher Tim Soutphommasane, installation artist Lyn Wallworth, architect Gerard Reinmuth, musicians from FourPlay String Quartet Lara Goodridge and Tim Hollo, singer and songwriter Tim Freedman, founder of the Sydney Children's Choir and the Gondwana National Indigenous Children's Choir Lyn Williams, and singer with the Indigenous group the Stiff Gins Nardi Simpson.


About TEDxSydney

TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where "x" stands for an independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised.

TEDxSydney is licensed Remo Giuffré (REMO General Store) and organised by a voluntary network of collaborators. For the third year running the executive producer is curator Janne Ryan and the event director is David Glover. For a full listing of 2012 organisers visit the TEDxSydney website.


About TED

TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading". At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.


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