Imagine a day filled with brilliant speakers, thought-provoking video and mind-blowing conversation – it’s happening Friday (May 24) in Bega – the TEDx Sydney Livestream.
This unique day has been part of the local calendar for the last two years, and once again it promises to unleash new ideas, driven by a purpose to inspire and inform.
This partnership between About Regional and the Bega Civic Centre has also inspired a local speakers and ideas festival of our own – the Festival of Open Minds, which is coming up again on September 13 and 14. Funds raised at the TEDx Sydney Livestream will go towards staging the event.
But first things first! How will the TEDx Sydney Livestream work?
The days is broken up into four sessions and you are free to come and go as you please.
The line up of speakers and performers covers science, business, technology, art, design, entertainment, culture and much more. All are centered on the theme of ‘Legacy’ – What have we been left with? What are we doing with what we’ve been left with? What will we leave behind?
The TEDx Sydney – Bega Satellite live stream runs 9 am to 6 pm, with a delicious morning and afternoon tea. For lunch, we invite you to bring your own and sit in Littleton Gardens or head to one of Bega’s nearby cafes.
Tickets are $20 for the whole day, including refreshments and available now via South Coast Tickets or on the day at the door. Morning and afternoon only tickets will be available on the day at the door for $15.
To check speaker times and plan your day check the TEDx Sydney website.
Speakers and performers include:
Albert Wiggan: a Bardi-Kija-Nyul Nyul man passionate about culture, country and Indigenous science.
Behrouz Boochani: a Kurdish journalist, writer, poet and filmmaker. He has been held in Manus Island detention centre since 2013.
Bridget Loudon: founder of Expert360 focusing on the future of work and the power of technology to increase work participation.
Craig Costello: a researcher in cryptography at Microsoft in the USA. He works on cryptographic applications and computational algebraic geometry.
David Wenham: an Australian actor and producer who, after growing up in Sydney went on to appear in blockbuster Hollywood films.
Eddie Jaku: 99-year old Jewish-German Holocaust survivor and self-proclaimed ‘happiest man on Earth’ who has made a vow to himself to smile every day.
Hedayat Osyan: An Afghan refugee and socially conscious tradie who created a tiling company, to empower those in similar situations with skills and employment.
Kim Graham-Nye: determined to shift the global nappy industry from oil-based to renewable-based, Kim and her husband introduced a new category to the market.
Maxine Beneba Clarke: Widely published author of six books and slam poet, her award-winning memoir The Hate Race is currently being adapted for a stage play.
Monkol Lek: an Assistant Professor of Genetics at Yale University who has dedicated his life to improving the genetic diagnosis of rare diseases.
Peter Stutchbury: an internationally renowned Australian architect who has established a reputation for innovation, responsibility and connection.
Ros Harvey: an experienced entrepreneur and executive in technology, in the Internet of Things (IoT) and user-centric design committed to creating public good.
Sara Morawetz: an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the processes that underpin scientific action.
Sharonne Zaks: not your average dentist/musician, Sharonne combines her passions with a special focus on trauma informed care.
Tara Djokic: PhD Candidate at the Australian Centre for Astrobiology focusing on the geological setting and ecology of some of Earth’s oldest evidence of life.
Tom Nash: Australian DJ and music producer who lost both his hands and most of his legs at the age of 19 who has rebuilt his life using prosthetics.
Yve Blake: Award-winning writer, Composer, and Musical Comedian whose theatre production FANGIRLS is now being adapted for the screen.
Staging events like the TEDx Sydney Livestream and the Festival of Open Minds is a big part of our ambitions for About Regional.
Over the last three and a bit years About Regional has been building a strong, engaged audience across South East NSW.
Each month sets a new record in terms of the number of people (real people) coming to the About Regional website – this month we are on track to hit 50,000 unique visitors for the month.
Our ambition is to create and deepen the conversations that take place around the news, stories, and issues of towns and villages from Batemans Bay, to Eden, to Cooma, to Yass, and Goulburn.
If your business or organisation is interested in partnering with us on this journey – let’s talk! Email – [email protected]
Catch up on the 2018 Open Minds Podcast series:
Carpenter and teacher Jo Saccomani, author and teacher Gabbie Stroud, digital innovator and serial entrepreneur Zachary Sequoia, Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services Linda Burney MP, from the front line of climate and bushfire Jo Dodds.
More will be published in the run-up to the 2019 Festival of Open Minds – stay tuned!