TED, The international phenomenon of ideas worth spreading, has come to Wollongong. The University of Wollongong (UOW) hosted this very special independently organised TEDx event for the first time on 29 May, 2012.
The event saw UOW researchers, including Distinguished Professor Gordon Wallace (above), sharing their life’s work and passion for the cutting edge field of medical bionics; a field which is currently developing the next generation bionic ear, bionic eye and conduits that facilitate nerve repair for spinal cord damage.
In 2013 we organised the second TEDxUWollongong event on the theme of liveability. Planning for and designing more liveable cities is becoming one of the most important challenges of the 21st century. Although the notion of liveability has attracted much attention in recent years it is fair to recognise that several misconceptions have hindered its coming into practice.
We look forward to bringing you our 2016 event – TEDxUWollongongWomen on Saturday 29 October 2016 with the theme: ‘It’s About Time’.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
TEDxUWollongong is organised by staff in the Research Services Office at the University of Wollongong. Our team for 2016 includes Amanda Morgan, Vicky Wallace, Mel Barila, Sharon Martin and other UOW staff who are volunteering their time on our organising team.
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