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Theme: Ready For Tomorrow

This event occurred on
April 17, 2013
1:00pm - 5:00pm AEST
(UTC +10hrs)
Canberra, ACT

Change is inevitable, and the pace of change seems to increase each day.
How do we deal with with this change, and how do we prepare ourselves as a society and as individuals for something that seems to affect every aspect of society - government, business, community and culture?
TEDxCanberra presents a half-day Salon to look at what's coming - climate change, resilience, technology and culture.
Welcome to TEDxCanberraSalon 2013 - Ready For Tomorrow

National Library of Australia
Parkes Place
Canberra, ACT, 2600
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Mark Pesce

Mark Pesce is an inventor, entrepreneur, writer, educator and broadcaster. In 1994 He co-invented VRML, a 3D interface to the World Wide Web, and has gone on to write six books, including The Playful World: How Technology is Transforming Our Imagination, which explored the frontiers of the future through an examination of interactive toys, and THE NEXT BILLION SECONDS an analysis of culture now that we’re all ‘hyperconnected’. Pesce founded postgraduate programs in interactive media at both the University of Southern California and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. For seven years, Pesce was a panelist and judge on the ABC’s hit series The New Inventors, and regularly comments on the intersection of technology and society for JJJ Hack, The Project, and ABC Local Radio. In 2012, Pesce founded MooresCloud, a company dedicated to making the Internet of Things easy to use and increasingly useful.

Will Grant

Will is a writer/talker/researcher/thinker/professional troll based at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU. Most of his work has focused on the interaction of science/technology and politics and also climate change. If you’re into that kind of thing, he tweets at @willozap, writes in various places and has an intermittent (make him start it up again!) podcast at Facts for the Post Factual

Jahla Gato

Jahla Gato is a young continental philosophy and climatology graduate from ANU. She achieved first class Honours in Philosophy with her thesis on Anxiety in Heidegger’s Being and Time. She also attended the 15th annual Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP15), in Copenhagen in 2009, as a member of Australian National University delegation. She is a liberal and creative arts advocate, having been involved in student-led publishing platform ‘Seedproject’ with international readership. In her free time, Jahla is often found DJ-ing, designing alternative fashion, indulging her love of anime and geeking out on her beloved Macbook Pro… Jahla’s interest in climate issues is framed by her philosophical training, driven by the desire to explore how these two fields intersect, and the ways that such exploration might constructively inform our practical, feet-on-the-ground approaches to these issues.

Marcus Dawe

Marcus Dawe is based in Canberra, Australia and focuses his activities on developing and supporting emerging technologies that provide the innovation edge for Australia. He employs passion and strategy for the ventures he leads. Marcus is a serial entrepreneur and has had success with his many of his Canberra based ventures including EDIME Internet Agency and Revolution CD. His interests range from climate change technology, intelligence and creativity research, advanced materials, cloud software development, mentoring youth and promoting Canberra as a ‘Global Village’ which he conducts through his various ventures and companies including not-for-profit entities. He is the CEO of GreenMag Group and Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) which has won Federal and NSW Government funding to pilot CO2 storage technology.

Tony Wong

Professor Tony Wong is Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, a $120million research centre with four research hubs based in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Singapore and involving over 75 organisations across the academia/research, industry, and government sectors. He is internationally recognised for his research and practice in the sustainable urban water management, particularly in Water Sensitive Urban Design. His expertise has been gained through national and international consulting, research, and academia and he has led a large number of award-winning urban design projects in Australia and overseas. He has been commended for having defined “a new paradigm for design of urban environments that blends creativity with technical and scientific rigour”.

Organizing team


Canberra, Act, Australia
  • Naomi Wynn
  • Ingrid Tomanovits
    Presenter Manager
  • Jude Burger
    Partner Liaison Lead
  • Will Glenwright
    Partner Liaison Lead
  • Gavin Tapp
    Director of Photography
  • Ruth Ellison
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Lauren Cochrane
    Project Manager
  • Caronne Carruthers-Taylor
    Attendee Experience Designer
  • Sharen Scott
    Attendee Experience Designer
  • Katharine Pierce
    Presenter Lead
  • Michael Honey
    Show Director
  • Bobby Graham
    Comms Director
  • Allison Denny-Collins
    Front-of-House Lead
  • Hannah Denny-Collins
  • Rhedyn Ollerenshaw
    Sustainability Lead
  • Tanya Gruber
    Stage And Lighting Designer
  • Emma Davidson
    Media and PR Lead
  • Jason Conroy
    Web Design
  • Jen Simpson
    Event Accessibility Lead
  • Dale Rogers
    Staging Manager
  • Damien Maher
    Video Lead