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TEDxSydney 2018

Fri 15 Jun 2018
TEDxSydney – the leading platform for the propagation of Australian ideas, creativity and innovation – has announced the first round of speakers and performers who will take the TEDxSydney 2018 stage on Friday, 15 June at ICC Sydney.

Highlights include comedian and LGBTQIA activist, Magda Szubanski; one of the powerhouses behind the launch of the AFL Women’s League, Chyloe Kurdas and a high school teacher using YouTube to make maths cool, Eddie Woo.

Other speakers include a neurosurgeon whose groundbreaking work is endorsed by Barack Obama, Thomas Oxley ; prolific indigenous writer, Bruce Pascoe ; particle accelerator expert, Suzie Sheehy and an unconventional priest making headlines with his views on gun control and asylum seekers, Father Rod Bower.

One of Australia’s best beatboxers, Tom Thum, will be among the numerous performers for the day. He has returned for an encore performance, having astonished audiences at TEDxSydney stage five years ago, the video of which went on to become the most watched TEDx speech or performance of all time with 83m views, and counting. Melbourne-based Didirri and Papua New Guinea-born Kaiit will also be taking to the stage.

At TEDxSydney 2018, local and international Australian voices will explore the theme of HumanKind.

Fenella Kernebone, TEDxSydney’s Head of Curation, says : “ As the line between technology and the things that make us human continues to blur, the stories shared from the stage this year remind us of who we are – our initiative, creativity and invention, but also our compassion. ”

“TEDxSydney is the ultimate destination for curious minds, game-changers and for those who seek to be inspired. We’re thrilled with this lineup of high profile personalities and everyday heroes sharing their unique perspective and ideas on the HumanKind theme.”

The second round of speakers and performers will be announced in the coming months.

This is the biggest TEDxSydney event to date, with an expected sellout of the 5,000 registration capacity, so head to the website to ensure you get a seat. For more information and to join the conversation follow social media.

The Kick Start program from Principal Partner, St.George Bank, is also returning to TEDxSydney 2018 where businesses of all sizes have the opportunity to pitch their ideas on stage in 60 seconds to win one of the $40,000 cheques that can help transform their company.
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