TEDxCanberra returns for an evening of inspiring talks and performances exploring the idea of ‘home’. Why is the ‘home’ integral to human security, a functioning society, and overall health and well-being? What does the concept of home mean to different people at different walks of life?

What can you expect from our No Place Like Home Salon? 

  • An innovative theatre design that will make you feel right at home through our partnership with Canberra Modern.
  • A grazing table to start, mini pizzas at the break, and a cash bar for the whole event: because home is where the snacks are.
  • One on one interaction through our community stalls: our incredible partner PwC will be there to chat about The Constellation Project: a vision to end homelessness in a generation, Vinnies will be there collecting our preloved warm clothes for cold Canberrans, YWCA will be ready to discuss ‘home’ in our community for young women, and Canberra Modern will be there ready to chat about our unique homey feel and conserving home through custodianship of our beloved objects.
  • A special and personal acknowledgement of country by Ngambri-Ngunnawal custodian Paul House
  • Three speakers and two performances, custom workshopped for our event.
    The speakers are 2018 ACT Australian of the Year: Dion Devow, CEO of YWCA Canberra: Frances Crimmins, Chair of Canberra’s Zero Waste Revolution: Mia Swainson.
    Performers include The Voice’s Vendulka and drama group Child Players ACT have written a short play about a world without home.
  • Three short films, the contents of which we are going to leave for the imagination, rest assured: they are remarkable.

No Place Like Home is part of our ten years of TEDxCanberra line up of smaller, more frequent events to celebrate a decade bringing new ideas to our local community.

A Salon event is a special TEDx event, separate to the flagship. A Salon gives us the chance to test our own new ideas: a shorter format, a new venue, cheaper tickets, and the biggest difference compared to our flagships to date: we have strictly 100 total tickets to sell. That’s less than a quarter of the tickets we sold for our 2018 flagship event, so tickets will sell out.

Date and Time

Sat 27th Jul, 3:15 pm – 7:00 pm

Registration is from 3.15 till 3.55, with the event starting at 4.


T2 Theatre, Cultural Centre, Kambri Precinct, Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200, Australia

Do you have warm gear you’d like to give to someone less fortunate? Canberra based St Vincents de Paul will be in attendance at the event ready to share any warm gear such as coats, socks, gloves, beanies and scarves with those who may not have a home.

Our Speakers

Dion Devow

What does ‘home’ mean for Indigenous Australians? Dion Devow will discuss if we can process the idea of home and the statement that there is no place like home, when many of Australia’s Indigenous peoples were forcibly removed from their homes and countries many years ago.

Dion is of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage, and was 2018 ACT Australian of the Year, and will explore this in terms of his own Indigeneity, and invite us to embrace and celebrate Indigenous Australian cultures as our own, and as a part of being Australian.

Frances Crimmins

How can we end homelessness?
The answer: we prevent it.

Frances Crimmins, CEO of YWCA Canberra, and a feminist with a strong belief in social justice, will be taking the stage at our upcoming TEDxCanberraSalon event on 27 July.

Frances believes that we each have a role to play in solving our community’s greatest challenges, and will be sharing her ideas on how we can come together to alleviate housing issues and prevent homelessness in the ACT.

Mia Swainson

One week. One litre of rubbish. One house with two adults and three children. Impossible challenge?

Mia Swainson is one of the inspiring speakers at our upcoming TEDxCanberraSalon: No Place Like Home event. Founding Chair of Canberra’s Zero Waste Revolution and President of the Canberra Environment Centre, Mia takes us on her family’s zero waste journey and shares practical tips she’s picked up along the way.



She’s walked straight off the 2019 The Voice stage to the TEDxCanberraSalon stage. She’s a busy, amazing talent and we’re privileged to share this incredible voice with you at our No Place Like Home salon.

Child Players ACT

Drama group Child Players ACT have written a short play about a world without home, and whether we have a plan B.


Acknowledgement of Country

Paul House

Ngambri-Ngunnawal custodian Paul House is a performer, artist and cultural advisor in Canberra and has been involved with the National Museum of Australia since 1997, when he led the smoking ceremony of the Acton site before the commencement of the building’s construction. Through his yidaki/didjeridu, he is able to express his identity and personal life experiences, as well as cultural and political views. Sharing music, culture and knowledge reflects his respect for all people and country.

Refund Policy

Refunds are generally not permitted except in exceptional circumstances.


Buy your tickets here.

We are aiming to be as sustainable as possible in 2018. Not only will we have compostable plates and reusable coffee cups, we will not have a printed programme on the day. Instead, we will have our very handy app or if you prefer, a PDF download for your phone or tablet.

Powered by Attendify, the TEDxCanberra 2018 app features profiles of our speakers and performers, a venue map and an activity stream for you to interact with fellow attendees before, during and after the event. Very soon, we will also be publishing the full event schedule on the app.

You would have received an email from Eventbrite with the instructions to download the app after purchasing your ticket. This information is included below too.


To access the app, please follow these instructions:

  1. Click here to download the app, or search for ‘Attendify’ on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.
  2. Search for ‘TEDxCanberra 2018’ and click ‘Join’.
  3. Type in the event code tedxcbr-app (all lower-case).
  4. You’re all set!


Your ticket has already been linked to the app, so when you first set it up you may find that your name and email have been automatically added. If you need more help, you can follow this handy guide.


Please note that in the interest of reducing paper use, we will not be providing physical programmes on the day. The TEDxCanberra 2018 app will be the main way for you to access the schedule of speakers and performers on the day. If you don’t wish to use the app, you may download a copy of the schedule here.


If you have any questions or need help setting up the app, please don’t hesitate to send us an email at registration@tedxcanberra.org.

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