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From space junk to healthy spaces – Australians share 15 remarkable ideas in 15 minutes

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From space junk to healthy spaces – Australians share 15 remarkable ideas in 15 minutes

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Sydney – 11 March 2012: Annual ideas festival, TEDxSydney has unveiled its 2013 speaker lineup, featuring15 Australians whose ideas are changing the world, and the way we perceive it.

The 15-minute talks will explore unique and wide-ranging themes – from ‘space junk archaeology’ to how architecture is eliminating poverty, defining new research on why we are not ‘consumers’ and a remarkable discovery about how we can be forever young.


TEDxSydney takes place on Saturday, 4 May at the Sydney Opera House. Applications to be part of the live audience close on 31 March. Visit the TEDxSydney website for details.

Executive Producer, Janne Ryan said: “TEDxSydney is a celebration of Australian ideas and Australian innovators.  Whether they are prominent or undiscovered identities, all our speakers are brilliant change agents within their fields of endeavour, and are making a difference to some of our most important challenges both locally and internationally. 


“Each speaker will reveal a unique concept on the TEDxSydney stage which will surprise, inspire and delight the audience – and may change their thinking forever,” she said. 


Anyone can participate in TEDxSydney. The event will be simulcast throughout the public areas of the Opera House and people can tune in online or create their own satellite event from anywhere around Australia.

The 2013 speaker lineup includes:

<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>MARC NEWSON, industrial designer.

One of the world’s most influential industrial designers, Marc will participate in a Q&A session on stage with curator and television producer Julian Morrow.


<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>PROFESSOR DAVID SINCLAIR, PhD, Dept of Genetics, Harvard Medical School.

TOPIC: Forever young. David has made a remarkable discovery that may change the way we think about aging – forever. 


<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>DR ALICE GORMAN, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA and Adjunct Fellow, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, ANU.

TOPIC: Space junk – archaeologists usually work deep into our soil to uncover the past.


<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>JENNIFER ROBINSON, Director of Legal Advocacy, Bertha Philanthropy Services.

TOPIC: Cross examining the law and challenging the limits of the law.


<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>PAUL PHOLEROS, architect and co-founder Healthhabitat.

TOPIC: How architecture is eliminating poverty. Good housing is a direct link to good health and comes from work proven in the field not from government. 


<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>DR ANDREW PARKER, author and biologist, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Green Templeton College

TOPIC:  How colour is changing the way we do business. Colour doesn’t exist in the outside world, it lives only in the minds of those animals with eyes, and we don’t fully understand how.


<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>DR REBECCA HUNTLEY, author and researcher, Director, Ipsos Mackay.

TOPIC: Why we are NOT consumers. Rebecca holds a mirror up to Australians to show us who we are and how we really think – featuring original research being revealed on the day.


<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>PROFESSOR RON McCALLUM, Emeritus Professor, Sydney University Law School – the first blind person to be appointed to a full professorship at an Australian university, and a former Senior Australian of the Year.

TOPIC:  Ron will reflect on a life transformed by technology as he explores blindness and the many dimensions of the right to read.  


<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>DANNY KENNEDY, Founder, Sungevity. 

TOPIC: How entrepreneurs, not missionaries, are saving the world. Danny also shows how the skills needed to be an entrepreneur come from learning how to be an activist.


<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>A/PROFESSOR BILL PRITCHARD, human geographer, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney.  

TOPIC: Why there is still hunger in a world full of food? To answer this question, Prof Pritchard suggests we must ask some new questions.


<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>PROFESSOR SIMON JACKMAN, Department of Political Science and Department of Statistics, Stanford University, California. 

TOPIC: A key political analyst during the recent USA election, Prof Jackman discusses changing the way information is collected and voting behaviour is understood.


<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>DR LISA MURRAY, historian, City Historian, City of Sydney.

TOPIC: Finding ways to future-proof the memory of the world. Lisa argues that if we don’t preserve our digital records, not only will we be unable to write about the past, we also can’t plan for the future.


<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>GEORGE POONKIN KHUT, Sydney-based artist and designer working across the fields of electronic art, design and health.

TOPIC:  How art and medicine are working together in a Sydney hospital to change health outcomes for young children.


<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>JOOST BAKKER, horticulturalist and entrepreneur

TOPIC:  Creating CBD farming – and making it successful. Joost is working on a concept to turn Melbourne’s CBD rooftops into productive farms.


<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>DAMIEN MANDER, Founding Director and Chairman, International Anti-Poaching.

TOPIC: Being a modern-day warrior. Damien will show how the skills he learnt as a soldier and sniper in the Australian Army are helping him change the animal conservation world. 

As an additional speaker segment, up to 20 speakers from the audience will be invited to pitch their idea in 30-seconds.

A charge of $220 will cover the full day conference in the Concert Hall, along with all food, beverages and admission to the after-party. Student discounts are available.

TEDxSydney artistic performers will be announced next month.


Media information contact: Fleur Brown mobile 0419 270863 or Laura Douglas mobile 0452 505 859 / 02 9492 1002


About TED:TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 29 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 (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive). TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. The TED.com platform has recently exceeded over 1 billion views of their online talks.


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.


<![if !vml]>TXS13_Footer_sponsors_SOH (2)<![endif]>About TEDxSydney:TEDxSydney is an independently organised event licensed from TED by longtime TEDster, Remo Giuffré (REMO General Store) and organised by a network of fellow thinkers and long time collaborators. TEDxSydney is made possible by the generous contribution of its partners, sponsors & volunteers.