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12 Mar

TEDxSYDNEY EXPANDS TO THE EDGES OF AUSTRALIA WITH SATELLITE PROGRAM

by launch-admin Mar 12, 2014 0 Uncategorized

MEDIA RELEASE

 

TEDxSYDNEY EXPANDS TO THE EDGES OF AUSTRALIA

 

TEDxSydney 2014 invites Aussies to host satellite events on 26 April

 

Sydney – Wednesday, 12 March 2014: Annual ideas festival, TEDxSydney, is aiming to bring Australian ideas to an audience of over 10,000 people across remote Australia via its unique, satellite event program. The program allows fans to tune into the full day of inspiring talks and performances on 26 April, live and for free, by registering a venue on the TEDxSydney map.

 

TEDxSydney launched the satellite program in 2013. Last year it saw 8,000 people around Australia and the world setting up open or private events in their home, workplace or in public venues to participate in the day’s activities. Live online streaming for this year’s event will be available nationally and worldwide on: ABC Big Ideas, YouTube and Livestream.com.

 

Satellite Events Coordinator, Josh Stinton, said the program for 2014 was focusing on bringing the TEDxSydney experience to rural and regional communities and capital cities all across Australia to help expand the TEDxSydney community.

 

“Last year’s program was a huge success with over 45 satellite events held across the globe,” he said. “This year, with our growing satellite event offering, we’re looking to further increase TEDxSydney’s reach from the east to the west coast and all communities in between!”

 

Satellite events already lined up for the 2014 festival include Surfers Paradise, Newport, Sydney Darwin, and the Blue Mountains – with more added daily.

 

Each satellite event organiser is assisted in not just creating their own event – but their own unique experience to address their audience in the most meaningful way. Suggested ideas include having a dedicated Master of Ceremonies to facilitate discussions with their attendees, hosting their own speaker panels, performances, or simply watching the talks and discussions in real time.

 

The programming will blend talks with interspersed performances as well as artistic video segments. For the full speaker line-up see: http://tedxsydney.com/site/speakers.cfm

 

Anyone can be part of the online conversation and the Twitter hashtags for the day are #TEDxSydney and #TEDxSydSat.

 

To register a satellite event visit: http://tedxsydney.com/site/satellite_create.cfm

 

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Media Enquiries: Sarah Tsiros sarah@launchgroup.com.au 0466 805 364 / 02 9492 1034

About TEDxSydney: TEDxSydney is an independently organised event licensed from TED by longtime TEDster, Remo Giuffré (REMO General Store) and is organised by a network of fellow thinkers and other long time collaborators. For a full listing of 2014 organisers see TEDxSydney.com. TEDxSydney is made possible by the generous contribution of its partners, sponsors and volunteers. Please direct TEDxSydney 2014 partnership enquiries to Felicity Fellows or Kate Dezarnaulds via the contact page on our website.

 

About TEDx: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, 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 = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised.

 

About TED: TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. 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. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in North America (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in another part of the world. 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro.

 

 

 

6 Mar

TEDxSydney reveals 2014 speaker program

by launch-admin Mar 6, 2014 0 Uncategorized

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

TEDxSydney reveals 2014 speaker program

 

 From using maths to find your perfect sex partner to making failure your best friend, 16 Australians share their remarkable ideas and stories

 

Sydney – Thursday, 6 March 2014: Annual ideas festival, TEDxSydney, has today unveiled the speaker lineup for the 2014 event, which will take place on Saturday, 26 April at the Sydney Opera House.

The program, which for the first time in Sydney, has been curated into themed sessions, features 16 Australians who aim to change the world with thought provoking ideas and inspiring personal stories.

Fitting into the themes: Passages, Blood, Enhance and Rethink, each speaker will surprise, challenge, entertain and delight the audience. Talks will range from cutting-edge research around schizophrenia treatment, to a remarkable story from an Australian man teaching children in Kabul how to skateboard. Plus, what influences the way we make decisions, the unlikely relationship between maths and sex, and a reconsideration of the way that we light built environments.

Editorial Director Edwina Throsby said: “TED audiences are notoriously engaged, so curating a whole day of talks that interests them is a particularly enjoyable challenge.

 

“This year we have brought together some of the best minds, thinkers and storytellers, all from different fields, but all at the very top of their game. Having these brilliant people on the same stage on the same day is pretty exciting, and we are looking forward to sharing new ideas with the TEDxSydney community.”

 

The 2014 speaker lineup and sessions are:

PASSAGES

 

ADAM ALTERAuthor and Assistant Professor of marketing and psychology at NYU’s Stern School of Business and psychology department

TALK: Why do we do the things we do? Leading behavioural expert Adam Alter will use his years of research on the intersection of behavioural economics, marketing, along with the psychology of judgment and decision-making, to tell us why we make the every day decisions we make.

 

BARAT ALI BATOOR, photographer and Hazari Refugee

TALK: Barat Ali Batoor will be debuting powerful photos of his journey as a refugee, travelling from Afghanistan to Australia.

 

MARKUS ZUSAKauthor of The Book Thief

TALK: Markus Zusak will tell us how failure can test your boundaries, and why it is good to mess things up every now and then.

 

STELLA YOUNGdisability activist

TALK: Everything you thought about disability is wrong.


BLOOD

 

MARY JERRAM, recently retired state coroner (NSW)

TALK: What’s the difference between vengeance and justice?


CYNDI SHANNON WEICKERT, Director, Schizophrenia Research Laboratory, NeuRA

TALK: Cyndi Shannon Weickert will be bringing a personal story to her discussion of brand new research around schizophrenia treatment.

TIM AND JUDY SHARP, Artist and his mother

TALK: After being told her autistic son Tim could never express feelings and emotion, Judy Sharp spent years working with him to help him communicate through drawing. Tim is now an internationally acclaimed artist, and creator of cult character Laser Beak Man. Judy and Tim will talk through their extraordinary journey.

DAVID KILCULLEN, author, strategist, counterinsurgency expert and advisor to the US military

TALK: David Kilcullen will talk from personal experience about security risks within growing cities in the 21st century and how mobile connectivity is changing security concerns in newly urbanised areas and slums.


ENHANCE


JIHAD DIBPrincipal, Punchbowl Boys High School

TALK: A personal talk from Jihad Dib about using strategic engagement to transform a school and community in one of Sydney’s more disadvantaged suburbs.

OLIVER PERCOVICH, Founder of Skatestan

TALK: An inspiring story about creating a charity in Kabul that teaches kids in urban areas to skateboard. Oliver Percovich will reveal the incredible effect the project has had in the local communities, particularly for girls.

 

NICOLE VINCENT, bio-ethicist

TALK: If there is a pill that makes you better at your job, is it your responsibility to take it? Nicole Vincent will be debating cognitive enhancement and the responsibilities it brings.

 

posta collaborative performance ensemble

TALK: What’s the western theatrical canon, and what’s in it for me?


RETHINK

 

MARK MAJORlighting architect

TALK: Mark Major will bring light to the idea that darkness in design can be good too.

 

CLIO CRESSWELL, Mathematician, University of Sydney

TALK: Clio Cresswell will talk about the surprising relationship between mathematics and sex, and how the pattern recognition that is at the core of maths can affect your most intimate relationships.

 

RICHARD BANATIscientist, ANSTO

TALK: Is recycling actually good for the planet? After examining the feathers of sea birds, Richard Banati believes that our shift to using recycled plastic may have resulted in ocean pollution on a nano scale.

 

BARRY TRAILL, Terrestrial Ecologist

TALK: Barry Traill wants us to completely re-consider the concept of wilderness in Australia and adopt land management techniques even in our most isolated areas.


As an additional speaker segment, a selection of speakers from the audience will be invited to the stage to pitch their idea in a minute or less.


TEDxSydney artistic performers will be announced next month.


The University of Sydney is proud to once again be the Principal Partner of TEDxSydney for 2014, as well as the exclusive education and research partner. The University and TEDxSydney share a vision for thought leadership, challenging ideas and intellectual engagement.


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Media Enquiries: Sarah Tsiros sarah@launchgroup.com.au 0466 805 364 / 02 9492 1034 

About TEDxSydney: TEDxSydney is an independently organised event licensed from TED by longtime TEDster, Remo Giuffré (REMO General Store) and is organised by a network of fellow thinkers and other long time collaborators. For a full listing of 2014 organisers see TEDxSydney.com. TEDxSydney is made possible by the generous contribution of its partners, sponsors and volunteers. Please direct TEDxSydney 2014 partnership enquiries to Felicity Fellows or Kate Dezarnaulds via the contact page on our website.

 

About TEDx: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, 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 = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised.

 

About TED: TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. 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. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in North America (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in another part of the world. 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro.


 

5 Mar

As investors ramp up activity, is Australia becoming a nation of renters?

by launch-admin Mar 5, 2014 0 Uncategorized

Media Release

 

  • First homebuyers being pushed out of the market by investors
  • Huge differences in affordability in Sydney & Melbourne compared to other capital cities
  • Strength of rental market creating opportunities for astute landlords

 

Wednesday 26 Feb 2014 – Australia’s property market continues to see strong growth but first home buyers are increasingly being left behind. In Sydney and Melbourne, the cost of renting is in fact less than paying off a mortgage, according to the latest analysis from Onthehouse’s property research arm, Residex. 

 

According to the latest data, the number of first time buyers hit historical lows in December 2013, to just 7% in New South Wales, 12% in Victoria, and 12% in Queensland.

 

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Category 5609.0 – Housing Finance, Australia, December 2013

           

The national median value of houses and units increased in 2013 by 5.25% and 6.4% respectively. With prices going up and with affordability falling across the country, the value of loans to investors increased by 2.3% in the final quarter of 2013.

 

John Edwards, Consulting Analyst for Onthehouse.com.au and Founder of Residex, commented: “Investors are currently taking advantage of low interest rates, particularly older generations who are now investing in property through their self-managed super funds. People are now structuring their super fund investments in such a way that allows a form of negative gearing in residential property, allowing monthly super fund contributions from their salary to cover any rental income shortfall.

 

“As a result, younger buyers and those looking to buy a first home are finding it increasingly difficult to afford to purchase property, especially in Sydney and Melbourne, and are therefore having to rent.

 

“For landlords and investors, this essentially means a bigger pool of renters – giving an added incentive to purchase residential property.”

 

In regards to affordability, the proportion of income necessary for renting or buying means that for many, it costs less to rent than buy.  In Sydney, buyers can expect to pay 39.39% more per month on loan repayments on a median-valued house than it would cost to rent, while in Melbourne it is 50.72% higher. The difference is far less in other capital cities.

 

Mr Edwards said that, although prospective younger buyers can see the cost benefits with the short term gain of renting versus buying, it should not act as a deterrent from purchasing a property.

 

“Though it can be more affordable to rent for some, people shouldn’t be put off on buying property because of this. We need to keep in mind that long-term savings from paying off a mortgage and capital gains on your own property, can outweigh the short-term benefits of affordability,” he said.

 

“Also, because there is a strong market of renters out there, now could be a good time for those looking to get onto the property investment ladder to get their foot on the first rung.”

 

 

Houses

 

 

 

 

 

Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

Median Value

Income

Monthly Loan Repayment 

Monthly Rental Payment

Difference between loan and rental payments

Affordability premium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACT

$529,500

$128,754

$2,472.51

$2,204.45

$268.05

12.16%

Adelaide

$407,500

$90,266

$1,902.83

$1,583.44

$319.38

20.17%

Brisbane

$456,500

$97,454

$2,131.63

$1,909.06

$222.57

11.66%

Darwin

$576,500

$109,701

$2,691.97

$2,579.55

$112.43

4.36%

Hobart

$375,500

$90,200

$1,753.40

$1,573.56

$179.84

11.43%

Melbourne

$610,000

$99,796

$2,848.40

$1,889.84

$958.56

50.72%

Perth

$524,500

$109,637

$2,449.16

$2,071.75

$377.41

18.22%

Sydney

$771,000

$106,330

$3,600.20

$2,582.86

$1,017.34

39.39%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Units

 

 

 

 

 

 

Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

Median Value

Income

Monthly Loan Repayment 

Monthly Rental Payment

Difference between loan and rental payments

Affordability premium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACT

$408,500

$128,754

$1,907.50

$1,839.42

$68.07

3.70%

Adelaide

$305,000

$90,266

$1,424.20

$1,305.61

$118.60

9.08%

Brisbane

$355,000

$97,454

$1,657.68

$1,637.50

$20.18

1.23%

Darwin

$431,000

$109,701

$2,012.56

$2,113.64

-$101.08

-4.78%

Hobart

$257,500

$90,200

$1,202.40

$1,212.31

-$9.91

-0.82%

Melbourne

$449,500

$99,796

$2,098.95

$1,680.90

$418.04

24.87%

Perth

$454,500

$109,637

$2,122.29

$1,932.95

$189.35

9.80%

Sydney

$537,000

$106,330

$2,507.53

$2,252.52

$255.01

11.32%

 

Source: Onthehouse.com.au / Residex

 

The data shows that there are just two cities where it is more affordable to buy a property compared to renting one. In Darwin, paying off a loan on a median value unit costs on average $101.08 per month less than renting (-4.78%), while in Hobart an owner could expect to pay $10 per month less (-0.82%).

 

Mr Edwards commented: “The increasing activity of investors has been a feature of the market for a number of years and can be traced back to the start of significant affordability issues for home owners. It’s also expected that investors will be ramping up their presence in the market.

 

“Overall, the general indicators suggest that Australia is moving to a situation where a large number of families are going to be renters unless something occurs that diminishes housing costs. Renting in capital cities looks as though it will be the natural outcome for young working families in these areas.”

 

For both the first-time and the savvy investor, more information is available at: http://investors.onthehouse.com.au/

 

 

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Media contacts

Ashford Pritchard: E ashford@launchgroup.com.au  / T 02 9492 1040 / M 0411 020 680

Laura Douglas: E laura@launchgroup.com / T 02 9492 1000 / M 0452 505 859

 

About onthousehouse.com.au

www.onthehouse.com.au is Australia’s most transparent and comprehensive real estate portal, empowering consumers to make informed property decisions by providing them with free access to information. Over 1 million unique browsers visit onthehouse.com.au every month to search listings and view in-depth property data, making it Australia’s third most popular real estate platform.

 

Onthehouse.com.au is the flagship consumer offering of Onthehouse Holdings (ASX:OTH), the 360-degree property market services group that provides comprehensive real estate agency solutions, information and analytics services. Onthehouse Holdings businesses together help over half of Australia’s real estate agencies, as well as being used by financial institutions and other property-related professionals.

 

 

4 Mar

Students to explore #realworldsex at ad:tech Australia 2014 as part of new student stream

by launch-admin Mar 4, 2014 0 Uncategorized

MEDIA RELEASE

 

Students to explore #realworldsex at ad:tech Australia 2014 as part of new student stream

 

Cindy Gallop of TED talk fame asks marketing students to promote MakeLoveNotPorn.com at ad:tech NextGen challenge

 

Tuesday, 4 March, 2013: Australia’s top digital marketing and media conference ad:tech today announced that applications for the NextGen stream are now open to final year business, media and marketing students.

 

NextGen, which takes place on March 19 at Sydney Hilton, is a free, one-day program designed to educate the next generation of “Digital Rockstars” from Australia’s top universities. The program provides students access to leading digital brands including Google, Facebook and News Corp, some of the world’s leading creative, media and digital agencies, plus the chance to develop and pitch a creative campaign to a judging panel of senior industry professionals.

 

The creative challenge, which is headed by Jenny Williams, Managing Partner of Ideagarden, will see student teams create a campaign to promote MakeLoveNotPorn.com to fellow young Australians. Following a formal workshop in creativity and ideation, the students will watch Cindy Gallop’s TED talk on #realworldsex, with which she launched MakeLoveNotPorn. She argues that the absence of a healthy open dialogue around sex in the real world is leading to porn distorting how young men and women think about sex. MakeLoveNotPorn’s tagline is ‘Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference.’ 

 

The campaigns will be pitched back to the group, and then formally judged by a panel of industry thought leaders who will evaluate each pitch based on its originality, relevance, practicality, and innovation using digital, social channels and data. The winners will be notified at the end of the day. All campaign pitches will be videotaped and sent to Cindy to review and potentially use.

 

ad:tech head of content, Chris Edwards, said that the NextGen challenge would showcase the best of young Australian marketing talent and bring a fresh perspective to ad:tech 2014.

 

“This year, ad:tech will play a part in bridging the talent gap in Australia’s digital sector by connecting Australia’s brightest university talent with some of the world’s leading digital brands and experts.The stream is all about offering students training in creative ideation, experience in group work, and the opportunity to pitch a real-life campaign,” he said.

  

“We’ve chosen a hugely worthwhile project as part of the campaign challenge, one that we think will really inspire the students. We are delighted that Cindy has allowed us to make her

TED talk the centerpiece of the challenge.”

 

MakeLoveNotPorn founder Cindy Gallop said ad:tech’s NextGen challenge would help make real world sex socially acceptable amongst Australian youth.

 

“Just as with everywhere else in the world, we need an open discussion around #realworldsex in Australia to combat the influence of porn as default sex education for young men and women,’ she said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing what the students create during the NextGen challenge, and I hope that the campaigns will encourage Australians to talk more openly, honestly and truthfully about sex, in order to have more people MakeAussieLoveNotPorn!”

 

Applications for the ad:tech NextGen challenge are now open here.

 

ad:tech is held on March 18-19, 2014. For more information or flexible ticketing options click here: http://www.adtechaustralia.com/.

 

-ENDS-

 

For more information, contact:

Sarah Tsiros

02 9492 1034 / 0466 805 364

sarah@launchgroup.com.au

 

About ad:tech 2014:

ad:tech Australia  is a two day conference and exhibition designed to provide an audience of smart marketers with “actionable insight” they can take back to their desks and use. The event includes keynotes and panel sessions from some of the world’s most famous brands and some of Australia’s most influential success stories. ad:tech 2014 also features an interactive exhibition marketplace.

 

ad:tech Australia is managed by dmg::events, a global events business that aims to drive the growth and improvement of the digital marketing and media industry. dmg’s other 2014 events include: iMedia Online Retail Summit – May 5-7, 2014, Crowne Plaza, Hunter Valley, ad:tech Data Summit – July 2014 and iMedia Brand Summit – September 2014. Further info: http://www.adtechaustralia.com/

 

About Makelovenotporn

MakeLoveNotPorn.com is the brainchild of Cindy Gallop. Cindy is an English advertising consultant, founder and former chair of the U.S. branch of advertising firm Bartle Bogle Hegarty, and founder of the IfWeRanTheWorld and MakeLoveNotPorn companies.

 

Cindy came up with the idea for MakeLoveNotPorn based on personal experience. She then launched the campaign at TED in 2009. Cindy argues that in the absence of open discussion around sex in the real world, hard-core pornography has distorted the way a generation of young men and women think about sex. In order to make it easier to talk about #realworldsex, five years ago she launched a website, http://makelovenotporn.com/, aimed at correcting the myths being propagated. The extraordinary global response to that site led to the launch of its newest iteration in 2013: https://www.makelovenotporn.tv/.