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Theme: Momentum

This event occurred on
September 16, 2017
9:00am - 6:00pm ACST
(UTC +9.5hrs)
Canberra, South Australia

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. Tickets available through Canberra Ticketing.

Please note: Tickets must be purchased individually, to ensure we can personalise your conference experience.

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.

What you get as part of your ticket registration:
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.

Canberra Theatre Centre
Civic Square, London Circuit
Canberra, South Australia, ACT 2601
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Andrew Skeoch

Earth Listener and Sound Recordist
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.

Brook Dixon

CEO and Smart Cities Advocate
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.

Cher Albrecht

Aerial Artist
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.

Chris Endrey

Comedian. Reasonably tall, not very athletic.
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.

Darren Bradley

Modern Architecture Enthusiast and Photographer
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.

Grace Costa

Photographic Artist
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.

Jane Frost

Doctor of Nurse Practitioner
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.

Julie Okely

CEO, Innovator and Business Leader
A proud Kamilaroi woman and Canberran, Julie Okely is leading innovation in her business by incorporating Indigenous knowledge to all her practices.

Kal Ientile

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.

Kate Seselja

World Kindness Ambassador and Founder of the Hope Project
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.

Kerstin Oberprieler

Design Thinking and Gamification Specialist
Leading gamification and design thinking specialist Kerstin Oberprieler is pushing the boundaries of what is possible with gamification.

Lynda Leigh

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.

Lynore Geia

Indigenous Health and Community Leaders
Dr Lynore Geia is passionate about Indigenous health, building family strength and Indigenous community led development.

Matt Fenwick

Author and Writing Coach
Driven by an interest in what happens when words collide with actual humans, Matt writes, trains and thinks about making writing better.

Melanie Greenhalgh

Youth Worker and Entrepreneur
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.

Peter Whiteford

Economist and Public Policy Specialist
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.

Steve Jackson

Security and Leadership Specialist
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.

Susan Scott

Professor of Physics
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.

Tessa Devine

One Woman Band
One woman band and international touring artist Tessa Devine’s unique percussive guitar style and haunting vocal harmonies will delight you.

The Gypsy Scholars Band

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.

Wayne Herbert

Author and Human Rights Advocate
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.

Organizing team


Canberra, Australia
  • Aqeel Camal
    Team member
  • Connie Galati
  • Helen Roe
  • Kristin Boag
  • Pearl Lee
  • Sallie Rodriguez
  • Shian Buultjens