29 July 2013

TEDx Canberra 2013 speakers announced

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TEDxCanberra 2013 – Then. Now. Next.

Interesting people talking about interesting things. I do love a good TEDx talk.

This line up looks excellent, particularly all the performance poets.

Aaron Kirby – poet without credentials.

Adele Chynoweth – museum curator researching the narratives of the Forgotten Australians.

Amelia Filmer – performance poet finding what home is.

Brass Knuckle Brass Band – Canberra-based New Orleans style street funk band, and TEDxCanberra’s house band for the second year running.

Charley Lineweaver – coordinator of The Australian National University’s Planetary Science Institute, he also taught one of UNSW’s most popular general studies courses, Are We Alone?

CJ Bowerbird – Canberra performance poet and Australian Poetry Slam 2012 winner.

Dustin Welbourne – PhD student in biogeography at the University of New South Wales, and Master in Science Communication student at The Australian National University.

Evan Beaver – specialist in design, technical process, compliance and energy efficiency.

The Faumuis – a Canberra vocal group, these teen siblings recently completed their second album, The Acapella Project.

Fun Machine – Canberra-based Australian sex-pop quartet.

Geoff Aigner – Director of Social Leadership Australia.

Jeanette Purkis – artist and business owner who has Asperger Syndrome.

Luke Pearson – teacher, and creator of the social media project @IndigenousX.

Mark McCrindle – social researcher and demographer.

Mikaela Griffiths and Ruth Mirams – scientists making the world a better place for humanity through stories.

Poncho Circus – young emerging circus artists who develop new and exciting contemporary circus work.

Raus – a.k.a. Rory Stenning – is a Canberra based electronic music artist.

Tony Langer – Detective Sergeant with the WA Police and de-mining and bomb disposal volunteer.

Toby Wild – full stack developer, working on everything from hardware to database admin to user experience.

Tim Pearson – a trained mechanical engineer currently working on a PhD studying communication in Australian flying foxes.

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TED talks – 21st century marketplace of ideas, or doublefisted w@nkery? At least there’s a good Canberra element this time 🙂

I got all excited about last year’s Canberra Tedex – didn’t realise just how much the standard of the speakers varies from city to city, country to country. This year I’m determined not to expect a stellar New York-esque Tedex to take place in Canberra, and tailor my expectations to avoid disappointment.

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