Watch these videos and tell us you’re not inspired to attend this year’s event
TEDxSydney announced its first 13 speakers for this year's event. Read our interview with curator Edwina Throsby to find out who's in and what they'll be talking about.
Last year we asked head curator Edwina Throsby who would give the best life advice at the 2015 event. She picked undefeated martial arts fighter Nadine Champion. “When it comes to owning it, physically, it’s hard to imagine anybody more awesome. As a woman in such a brutally male-dominated sport, she has really has to think about why she does what she does, and what makes her good at it.”
Edwina was on the money. Nadine’s talk closed the event last year, and though we cried from Charlie Teo’s stories about pushing boundaires in neurosurgery through to tears of joy at Paralympian Dylan Alcott’s life story (including wheelchair surfing at festivals), it was Champion’s talk about courage that literally roused us from our seats.
“What makes TEDxSydney interesting is the strength, variety and diversity of the voices on the stage,” says Edwina, who is heading up the curatorial team once again in 2016. If you’ve got time for more, we thoroughly recommend watching Starlady’s talk about tolerance and acceptance and – for a good giggle – watch Susan Butler talking about how she choses words for the Macquarie Dictionary. Butler has a bit of a potty mouth, so be warned: use your headphones.
But why attend the seventh TEDxSydney when you can watch all the videos online? That was something we didn’t understand until we were there, eating ants on toast, tears rolling down our face from the first talk at 9am and chatting to strangers like we'd known them our whole lives. Save the date for this year’s event and note the date to apply (below). Or, stay at home and stream the talks live.