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Theme: Emergence

This event occurred on
August 3, 2019
Adelaide, South Australia

This TEDx event is entirely organised by local, Adelaide-based UniSA students. We are passionate about sharing the ideas and innovations of our state with anyone who wants to listen—you included! We believe the theme 'Emergence' encapsulates Adelaide; young and emerging, full of incredible ideas and innovations, businesses and people. We want TEDxUniSA to be intriguing and thought-provoking.

University of South Australia
55 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Adelaide, South Australia, 5000
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Angela Bee Chan

Australia's Innovation Hacker
Angela Bee Chan is passionate about activating innovation amongst all individuals and bringing people together to create meaningful change. Angela is the Head of Innovation and Growth at Schneider Electric Pacific and the Founder and CEO of Hackathons. Some call her “Australia’s Innovation Hacker”.

Corinna Di Niro

Theatre Maker
Dr Corinna Di Niro is a theatre maker with a passion for enhancing the audiences’ experience. She holds a PhD in Commedia dell’Arte and has performed and taught theatre nationally and internationally. Corinna is the Artistic Director at her theatre company Stage Secrets, teaches at UniSA and guest lectures at NIDA.

Jessica Vanderlelie

Student Success Activist
Professor Vanderlelie is the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Success at La Trobe University leading the university to develop and implement a sustainable, and integrated strategy to improve the La Trobe student experience and graduate outcomes. Jessica is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and has received a number of prestigious awards, including the Australian Award for Excellence in Teaching and the AFR Emerging Leader Award in recognition of her transformative leadership.

Joseph O'leary

Space Mathematician Physicist
Joseph O’Leary is a research assistant for the Space Environment Research Centre (SERC) and a final year PhD student from the University of South Australia, School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences. Joseph's PhD research has focused on improving the mechanics associated with near-Earth objects and solar system bodies in the post-Newtonian approximation to the general theory of relativity.

Kayler Woithe

Singer Guitarist
Kayler Wiothe is a South Australian singer-guitarist. She plays at various venues and festivals across Adelaide, the Hills and the Riverland. Kayler’s acoustic styling has a unique folk presence, with soft indie, blues and jazz touches.

Pratishtha Purohit

Career Development Consultant
Pratishtha works as a success coach and finds innovative ways to empower her clients to unleash their true potential and aims to connect them with their inner selves. She is a head injury survivor and knows what it means to hit rock bottom. Pratishtha is known to have a vibrant and colourful energy, and her dependency on hearing aids doesn’t deter her from being a great listener.

Rebecca Marrone

STEM diversity psychologist
Rebecca Marrone is a final year PhD Candidate in the School of Engineering at the University of South Australia. Her research focuses on minimising gender differences in Mathematics. Her vision is ‘We can all be STEM superheroes’.

Rebekah Smith

Fitness leader and psychology educator
Bek Smith is a fitness leader, physiotherapist and psychology educator. Her work centres around teaching cognitive, emotional and behavioural skills, including mindfulness, compassion and creativity. She is a Master Instructor for SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, a Reebok-sponsored presenter for Les Mills Asia Pacific, and an independent consultant for Smith & Wellness.

Richard Matthews

Cyber Security Scientist
Richard is no stranger to wicked problems. He has worked in diverse fields including the military, governance and academia. His adaptive leadership style brings diverse, dissenting views together on problems that have no well-defined solutions. His talk presents an innovative technical tool for content moderation in a growing social world.

Sam Corfitsen

LGBT activist
Sam Corfitsen is a voice for LGBT+ rights, mental health and human connection. He is a story teller who relates to people across all walks of life through the physical, emotional, spiritual and social challenges he has faced. Now Sam travels the world sharing his voice and message.

Sonya Ryan

Cyber Security Activist
For the past five years, Sonya Ryan has dedicated herself to the promotion of internet safety through the Carly Ryan Foundation, established in memory of her daughter Carly. Sonya is continuing her campaign to have online safety made a compulsory component of the national education curriculum. Through the Carly Ryan Foundation, Sonya also provides counselling for victims of internet crime and provides police with information to help prevent crimes against children.

Tarl Prow

Microbiology Scientist
Professor Tarl Prow is a leading figure in the field of microbiopsy technologies for microsampling of skin tissue. He now focuses on translational outcomes from his micro-medical device development team as a Research Professor in the Biomaterials Engineering and Nanomedicine Strand within the Future Industries Institute at The University of South Australia.

UniSA Choir

A local, university choir comprised of students and staff from the School of Creative Industries at the University of South Australia. Conducted by Christie Anderson and organised by Russell Fewster.

Zachary Anesbury

Marketing Scientist
Zachary Anesbury is the Inaugural Gerald Goodhardt Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Senior Marketing Scientist at the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute, University of South Australia. His research focuses on expanding the generalisable knowledge of consumer brand buying behaviour. He is currently extending that knowledge to how consumers buy fresh fruits and vegetables.

Organizing team




Adelaide, Australia
  • Hoi Yan (Kitty) Wong