TEDxCanberra returns with our flagship event MOMENTUM on Saturday 16 September.
Saturday 16 September 2017
9am – 6pm AEST
Canberra Theatre Centre
TEDxCanberra returns to the Canberra Theatre with our flagship annual event on Saturday 16 September. This full day program will include outstanding speakers, dazzling performances, professional catering and the opportunity to explore and share ideas through talks and experiences. PLEASE NOTE: TICKET SALES HAVE CLOSED
This year’s event will include Auslan interpreters, live captioning and hearing loop. We also honour Companion Cards.
We associate momentum with movement. In the physical world, momentum is the quantity of motion of a moving body. Metaphorically, we speak of gathering momentum when we describe someone or something gaining in strength, speed, relevance and impact.
We chose momentum as our theme for 2017 to reflect the changing nature of Canberra as a growing city and community. We’re taking this opportunity to explore what that growth means for us collectively and individually. Our speakers will share their insights, research, dedication to their work and creativity to allow us to examine the meaning of momentum for ourselves and our community.
Momentum also reflects the TEDxCanberra community, which has been growing steadily since we began in 2009. This year’s flagship event will see us returning to the Canberra Theatre Centre. Thank you for being part of our event, our community, and for sharing our passion for ideas worth spreading.
- 17 inspirational speakers and 3 world class performers.
- Access to Innovation Alley, our interactive entertainment outdoor area.
- Activation zones to explore, experience and engage.
- A fully catered event, with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea by the delicious Swirl Catering.
Speakers and Performers
Read on to learn more about the exceptional people who’ll be taking to our stage this year.
Dr Lynore Geia
Dr Lynore Geia is passionate about Indigenous health, building family strength and Indigenous community led development.
Photo by Mitchell Ward.
Prof. Peter Whiteford
Professor Peter Whiteford has worked on pension and welfare policies and income inequality, child poverty, family assistance policies and welfare reform. He holds several academic posts and is recognised as an expert on Australia’s tax system.
A proud Kamilaroi woman and Canberran, Julie Okely is leading innovation in her business by incorporating Indigenous knowledge to all her practices.
Well known to Canberra audiences, talented musician, writer and comedian Chris Endrey is renowned for his sharp wit and passionate support for Canberra’s arts community.
A youth worker by trade, Melanie Greenhalgh has spent her 21 year career in the community sector fighting for the rights of people in the community to be heard, respected and responded to.
Along the way Melanie has experienced grief and loss of people and property, and believes in the power of honestly communicating as we navigate life.
Tyronne Bell is a Ngunawal descendant, learning traditional culture from his father Don Bell (senior). Tyronne is a strong advocate for the recognition of Aboriginal culture and language.
Kate Seselja is a voice in the darkness for people struggling in isolation. She’s on a mission to change the way society judges and stigmatises our struggles. She has recently partnered with the UN Association of Australia in support of the UN Sustainability Goals.
Darren Bradley is passionate about modern architecture, which led to an award winning career as a photographer. Darren is inspired by causing others to see and understand what’s special and unique about the buildings he photographs.
Cher Albrecht has been performing professionally since she was 17. She‘s been a TV stuntwoman, and resident Catwoman and Wonder Woman in her hometown of LA. Since moving to Canberra, she’s immersed herself in various community performance projects.
Economist, writer, speaker, classicist, business owner, public policy expert and Churchill Fellow, Brook Dixon is driving smart city transformation across Australia and around the world.
Grace Costa’s natural ability to capture expressive images has earned her success over a 17 year career in contemporary and corporate photography. Winning numerous awards, Grace’s heart lies with contemporary portraiture.
Kal Ientile was led to a career in Chinese medicine through a desire to make a meaningful difference to the lives of others, and loves his work more with each year. He is also the founder of an online community for sharing and discussing acupuncture research.
Prof. Susan Scott
Professor Susan Scott became the first female Professor of Physics (with one other woman) at the Australian National University in 2009. She is a member of the international team which announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves on Earth in 2016.
Wayne Herbert is fearless and unapologetic in his commitment to raising the profile of people with disability and people of the LGBTIQ community. He can be regularly seen wearing magic shoes.
Andrew Skeoch is one of our best-known nature sound recordists. He works from a desire to address the fundamental question of our human relationship with the living biosphere.
Dr Jane Frost
Dr Jane Frost is the first person in Australia to be conferred as a Doctor of Nurse Practitioner. She is an innovative educator and has an extensive clinical career.
One woman band and international touring artist Tessa Devine’s unique percussive guitar style and haunting vocal harmonies will delight you.
Leading gamification and design thinking specialist Kerstin Oberprieler is pushing the boundaries of what is possible with gamification.
Driven by an interest in what happens when words collide with actual humans, Matt writes, trains and thinks about making writing better
Records and information specialist by day, rally driver by, er, weekend, Lynda has often been told ‘you can’t do that’ and she loves to prove the naysayers wrong.
The Gypsy Scholars
The Gypsy Scholars bring a unique blend of Aussie folk and indie influences to their music. Their joyful sound will have you dancing in the aisles.
Steve Jackson OAM
Steve Jackson has a long and distinguished history of service to his country. As he approaches the end of his working life, Steve is contemplating his legacy.
As a feature of our partnership, University of Canberra students have the opportunity to participate in a TEDxCanberra internship program.
Our interns benefit from hands on experience, guidance from industry professionals, and connections to other members of the TEDxCanberra community.
We benefit from the interns’ enthusiasm, ideas and ability to hit the ground running to assist us in their chosen field.
In the lead up to and on the day of TEDxCanberra 2017 we provide students nominated by UC with:
- Meaningful hands on work experience, working with and learning from other professionals within their field of study
- Connections to other members of the TEDxCanberra community, which can lead to opportunities for paid employment, as well as expanding personal and professional networks
- Subject to the Intern’s performance, a written reference.
Our interns from 2016, pictured below (L-R) were: Naomi Arboleda, Andréa Manias and Sandy Barber.