Sydney talent take 'ideas worth spreading' to world stage

15 August 2012

A global ideas forum whose past speakers include former world leaders, Nobel Prize winners and people who transformed the modern technological world is within the sights of three University of Sydney staff and three of our alumni, and you can help to get them there.

TED is a global speakers' event devoted to the theme of 'ideas worth spreading'.

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.

To select speakers for its global forum TED is conducting a global talent search.

Twenty people took part in the May Sydney auditions at Carriageworks, one day after this year's TEDxSydney event, and you can now vote for your favourite presentation and potentially secure a place for University of Sydney talent at the next TED conference in 2013 at Long Beach, California.

University of Sydney staff and alumni who auditioned for the global TED forum included:

Public votes are not the only selection criterion, but they will help the speakers be selected and you can vote until the end of this month.

You can view the videos of the talks through the TED talent search website and leave your ratings and comments. Contenders will hear from TED by the end of September on whether they've been chosen.

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.

This year for the first time the University of Sydney partnered with the Sydney offshoot of TED - TEDxSydney - and speakers included 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.

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence said the University was delighted to be the exclusive education partner of TEDxSydney and encouraged the University community to vote for participants in the Sydney TED auditions to help propel University of Sydney talent onto the world stage.

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