Two Days Out, Action Sta­tions

It was all action sta­tions at the Can­ber­ra Theatre Play­house on Thursday as TEDx­Can­ber­ra volun­teers des­cen­ded to pull togeth­er this year’s event.

Cre­at­ive Cata­lyst for TEDx­Can­ber­ra, Steph­en Collins, said it was a tense time, try­ing to get all the dif­fer­ent ele­ments to merge. “It’s com­ing togeth­er really fast. This is the day that gives me the most ten­sion, mostly because we’re all volun­teers, and we haven’t had a strong tech crew for this year.”

Behind the scenes, TEDx­Can­ber­ra draws on a diverse range of tal­ents, from sound and film experts to stage man­age­ment, journ­al­ists, social media tal­ent and tech­nic­al spe­cial­ists.

Steph­en said he was grate­ful Uni­ver­sity of Can­ber­ra stu­dents had stepped in to fill the gap. “The UC volun­teers have just come on board and are mak­ing it hap­pen, which is great. Our budget’s around $200,000, but we get that down to a much smal­ler fig­ure because of all the in-kind spon­sor­ship … We’ve been talk­ing to UC for four years, with parts of the uni­ver­sity pre­vi­ously being involved. The part­ner­ship has finally come to fruition with the entire uni­ver­sity com­ing on board for 2016 as a major part­ner.”

Third-year Uni­ver­sity of Can­ber­ra stu­dent, Andréa Mani­as, said she was lov­ing the exper­i­ence and enjoyed learn­ing about the back­stage side of pro­duc­tion she had volun­teered for, along with the event itself.

I didn’t know much about TEDx before, but hope­fully, I’ll learn more about it on Sat­urday. I’m very happy to be involved with this sort of stuff, happy to help out with any­thing to do with the show,” Andréa said. “The people are really nice, and based on what I’ve seen on this side, it looks like it’s going to be a really inter­est­ing day [on Sat­urday].”

Stu­dents were also help­ing to cre­ate a short film pro­duc­tion to be shown on the day, high­light­ing the vari­ous com­mer­cial part­ners who have thrown their sup­port behind the event. Remin­is­cent of a scene out of The Itali­an Job, a fleet of MIN­Is shot around Can­ber­ra, driv­en and filmed by the TEDx­Can­ber­ra crew.

Ben Teif­fel from TEDx­Can­ber­ra mer­chand­ising part­ner Point 7 found him­self roped into the shoot, given the keys to a Mini to make his act­ing debut. As much as he claimed to be hav­ing fun, Ben said there was a ser­i­ous busi­ness side to the part­ner­ship.

I’ve enjoyed being involved in the action and see­ing it all come togeth­er,” Ben said. “But we also enjoy join­ing up with dif­fer­ent cor­por­ate spon­sors. We love the con­nec­tions we’ve estab­lished through the event.”

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