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Theme: Reflections. Happenings. Predictions.

This event occurred on
September 24, 2011
9:00am - 5:00pm AEST
(UTC +10hrs)
Canberra, ACT

In the Spring, the worlds of art, music, tech­nol­ogy, sci­ence and the human­i­ties, will come together at TEDx­Can­berra 2011. We’ve invited our pre­sen­ters to approach their ideas from one or more of our themes — Reflec­tions. Hap­pen­ings. Pre­dic­tions. — and they’re going to deliver on that in remark­able ways to involve the audi­ence, invig­o­rate the senses, astound your mind and tell sto­ries in new and stim­u­lat­ing ways.

National Library of Australia
Parkes Place
Canberra, ACT, 2600
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Sam Prince

Entre­pre­neur, med­ical doc­tor, and phil­an­thropist, Sam applies busi­ness rigour to devel­op­ment and health­care and intends to advance edu­ca­tion and erad­i­cate dis­ease across the globe.

Annette Zou and Richard Dear

The value of an edu­ca­tion with breadth as well as depth can’t be under stated. As under­grad­u­ates, Annette Zou and Richard Dear are try­ing to change a world of too much depth from the inside.


Sci­ence, art, the­atre and big com­plex prob­lems col­lide when Boho appear. They help to bring sci­ence edu­ca­tion and under­stand­ing to the wider community.

Emma Magenta

Author and artist, Emma Magenta uses her alter-ego Phillipa Finch to touch on the core of human­ity and blend emo­tion with tech­nol­ogy to help us deal with big questions.

Mary-Anne Waldren

Mary-Anne Wal­dren is known in some cir­cles as “Canberra’s Chief Con­nec­tion Offi­cer”, in oth­ers as “the fast and the furi­ous Mary-Anne”. Busi­ness is in her blood and her pas­sion is in mak­ing connections.

Matt Noffs

Matt Noffs is fol­low­ing in his grandfather’s foot­steps — help­ing unem­ployed youth with inno­v­a­tive and dif­fer­ent ideas in social enterprise.

Nick Ritar

You can live a life in bal­ance with Nature. Nick Ritar, per­ma­cul­ture farmer and edu­ca­tor can teach us how.

Pierre Johannessen

Pierre Johan­nessen is show­ing young peo­ple from the slums of Bangladesh to the peaks of Nepal how incred­i­bly able they are as indi­vid­u­als, and how immensely pow­er­ful they are together.

Rafe Morris

Rafe shares his pos­i­tive and unique per­spec­tive on life through lyri­cally rich songs, rang­ing from laugh-out-loud funny to those that some­how man­age to be as poignant as they are gen­tly amusing.

Rebecca Scott

Rebecca Scott believes that most intractable social prob­lems aren’t actu­ally intractable — we just need to be far more cre­ative with our solutions.

Sally Webster

Sally believes emphat­i­cally that the edu­cated tourist is a respect­ful tourist and that chil­dren want to learn about things dif­fer­ent to their own expe­ri­ences and absorb other cultures

Sam Perry

Sam Perry works with some of Australia’s most dis­ad­van­taged — our indige­nous com­mu­nity — focussing on get­ting them through school and into fur­ther education.

Stephen Coleman

In exam­in­ing the ethics of force mul­ti­plier tech­nol­ogy, Stephen Cole­man is bet­ter­ing our under­stand­ing of the con­duct of con­flict and what non-lethal weaponry can mean.

Thomas Pogge

By reform­ing harm­ful supra­na­tional reg­u­la­tions, Thomas Pogge is devel­op­ing a com­ple­ment to the patent sys­tem to stim­u­late phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal inno­va­tions that would be acces­si­ble, with­out delay, to poor and afflu­ent patients alike around the world.

Michael Engemann and Damien Tonkin

Damien and Michael are year 12 stu­dents from Dick­son Col­lege in Can­berra. They are design­ing, build­ing and fly­ing UAVs to deliver life-saving res­cue sup­plies to lost tourists stranded in the outback.

Emma Davidson

Emma David­son works with women in refugee and indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties on under­stand­ing their per­cep­tions of need and the lan­guage they use to describe them.

Organizing team


Canberra, Act, Australia
  • Allison Denny-Collins
    Project Manager
  • Clare Conroy
    Executive Producer
  • Dale Rogers
    Technical Lead
  • Gavin Tapp
    Music and Pictures
  • Hannah Mattner
    Project Assistant
  • Jason Conroy
    Online Lead
  • Jo Allebone
    Media Liaison
  • Jooann Tay
    Comms Coordination
  • Lauren Cochrane
    Design Director
  • Ruth Ellison
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Sharen Scott
    Experience Design
  • Viv Mitchell
    Partnerships Director