TEDxAdelaide is about spreading amazing ideas that will stretch our thinking. For me though, it’s more than that: it’s about connecting with people and connecting to ideas so that those ideas may develop into something real in our community.
We launched our tickets sales yesterday, the speaker line up is almost complete and we’re busy bringing together the experience. After all, experience is what ties what we feel together with knowledge we’ve gained to create something new.
The day starts 9:00 am for registrations and a chance to meet like-minded people, along with some activities that will encourage conversations in a very TED way.
Our talks will start at 10:00 am with the first session of around five speakers, each talk in the TED format of between three and 18 minutes covering a diverse range of interests.
We’ll then have a 30 minute mid-morning break with some refreshments. As TEDxAdelaide 2015 is about Discovering Adelaide, the food provided will be influenced by local and indigenous produce.
Session two falls between morning tea and lunch, and will again consist of around five talks before we break for an hour’s lunch. This will be the perfect chance to discuss the ideas you have heard so far, and enjoy the food full of local flavours (all food for the day is included in your ticket price).
The third and final session is again approximately five speakers, and as in the other sessions we will be showing one or two carefully curated talks from the international TED archives adding to our local TEDx conversation.
We’re frequently asked whether TEDx a commercial entity, so for the benefit of those who don’t know, TEDx is solely run on volunteers giving up their valuable time to make this happen. Luckily we’ve built a team of volunteers who are incredibly dedicated to creating an amazing experience for Adelaide.
The other frequent question is: can I use my phone / tablet / ipad / etc at the event? The answer is YES! We are about spreading ideas, so please tweet, post, update, and share as much as you can. We only ask that you do this in between talks so we can all give the speakers our full attention. The Adelaide Town Hall are providing free Wi-Fi, and we’ll have some power boards available for the all important chargers! We also have some other ideas around digital engagement on the day so stay posted on that front.
With our talks scheduled to finish around 4:00 pm, we need to start the serious business of connecting to each other and to the ideas we’ve heard. We’re are organising some activities to help facilitate this along with a cash bar and good food to pair with good conversation until around 5:30 pm.
What is really important to me and the team is that as we finish the day, it will be the start something rather than the end. After all, if an idea is worth spreading then it’s upon us to talk about the idea and spread it as far and wide as we can.
See you on the 21st!
TEDx Adelaide 2015 Director