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.)
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.