Our organ­isa­tion

TEDx­Can­ber­ra grew out of a slightly crazy idea our Cre­at­ive Cata­lyst and Licensee, Steph­en Collins, had after return­ing from his first TED con­fer­ence in the USA in 2009. After send­ing a “come talk about this in my loun­ge room” email to a few friends and col­leagues in Janu­ary 2010, the first TEDx­Can­ber­ra was held in front of a full theatre at the Nation­al Lib­rary of Aus­tralia in Octo­ber 2010. None of the

None of the core team of 15 that year had pre­vi­ously organ­ised a meet­ing of more than 20 people. It just goes to show what a little determ­in­a­tion, pas­sion, and not know­ing what you’re get­ting your­self in for can do.

Since then, the volun­teers at TEDx­Can­ber­ra have run at least one major, all-day, con­fer­ence each year in Australia’s Nation­al Cap­it­al, for audi­ences over 600, bring­ing in loc­al and Aus­trali­an speak­ers and per­formers to talk about their idea worth spread­ing to our audi­ence.

TEDx­Can­ber­ra is a volun­teer run, non­profit, ideas event that brings the inter­na­tion­ally recog­nised TED brand to the Nation­al Cap­it­al once a year in the Spring for an inde­pend­ently organ­ised TEDx event. 2016 will be TEDxCanberra’s sev­enth year, and our major event, in the Spring, will be the 10th major con­fer­ence we’ve run to bring cre­ativ­ity and new ideas to our city.

Our unpaid volun­teer (yes, we do this for the fame and glory) crew spends about 3000 hours put­ting togeth­er the con­fer­ence each year.

TEDx­Can­ber­ra brings ideas, the arts, social issues, thinkers, innov­at­ors, and enjoy­ment to a the region with some of Can­ber­ra and Australia’s most inter­est­ing presenters tak­ing the stage to deliv­er their “ideas worth spread­ing”.

About TEDx, x = inde­pend­ently organ­ised event

In the spir­it of ideas worth spread­ing, TEDx is a pro­gram of loc­al, self-organ­ised 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-organ­ised events are branded TEDx, where x = inde­pend­ently organ­ised TED event. The TED Con­fer­ence provides gen­er­al guid­ance for the TEDx pro­gram, but indi­vidu­al TEDx events are self-organ­ised. (Sub­ject to cer­tain rules and reg­u­la­tions.)

About TED

TED is a non­profit organ­isa­tion 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- organ­ised 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.

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