TEDxAuckland is back this year to share some “ideas worth spreading” via 15-minute talks from scientists, creatives and academics on May 2 at the Victory Convention Centre. This particular TED event is designed to open Aucklanders’ minds to new ideas through storytelling, sustainable-thinking and innovation.
The organiser of the event, Elliott Blade says TEDxAuckland has become the leading platform and pipeline for the propagation of New Zealand ideas, creativity, innovation and culture to the rest of the world.
“Our mission at TEDxAuckland is to make it the Pacific’s leading platform of great ideas, storytelling, creativity and actionable innovation to the rest of the world; to create and foster a sense of community amongst the people and organisations who have gathered (and continue to gather) around this event and to provide a cultural focus and impetus for conversation and debate,” Blade says.
The first round of confirmed speakers are: Riley and Steve Hathaway of Young Ocean Explorers; Billie Jordan, founder of dance sensations Hip Op-eration; Dr Siouxsie Willis, a Bioluminescence expert; Shaun Hendy of Te Pūnaha Matatini; Lisa Matissoo-Smith, Professor of Biological Anthropology; Sir Bob Harvey, former mayor and leader in both creative arts and politics; and Janette Searle, founder of ‘Take My Hands’.
Blade says that while TEDxAuckland is only a few years old, it continues to be a launch pad for world-changing Kiwi ideas worth spreading.
Past talks have proven popular with as Paul Wood’s ‘What’s Your Prison?’ receiving over 120,000 views.
A 2012 speaker, Dr. Michelle Dickinson was recently awarded the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize, and started an initiative with 2014 speaker Vaughan Rowsell (CEO and founder of Vend), called OMGTech!, a program which provides technological training to Kiwi kids.
The event will run from 9.30am until 6pm. Tickets are available here.