With only 4 sleeps to go until the big event, I’m thinking about the wonderful things that a TEDx event can unexpectedly spark.
My first TEDx experience was being asked to speak at TEDxCanberra five years ago. It was only after sharing the news of this invitation that I kept getting asked as to when is TEDxAdelaide happening?! I finally gave in to the pressure and applied for our first TEDxAdelaide license.
While I believed we could deliver a great event, I wasn’t prepared for the waterfall effect of very many conversations triggered by the speakers on stage and in the audience.
One of our early speakers was Ianto Ware, who started Renew Adelaide and was involved in the Format Collective. Attending our first event also was Simon Loffler, who was involved in HackerSpace, both organisations hanging out in the Peel St basement that is now Maybe Mae. These relationships helped us connect to more photographers and street artists and from those connections we took part in JR’s TED Prize Project Inside Out, earning a mention in the documentary.
At our second event, Gavin Artz spoke about how 3D printing might revolutionise art. We had a number of 3D printers on display, busily manufacturing whistles as souvenirs. In the audience were a couple of people working on digital economy and science strategies for the South Australian government. The interactions across talks and demonstrations led to the development of Fab Lab Adelaide. And of course Fab Lab Adelaide was where later speakers Will Tambyln and Gavin Smith developed Voxiebox.
At our TEDxAdelaide City 2.0 we were lucky to feature local composer Jason Sweeney, a TED prize winner as part of a multiple focus on new ways of thinking about the city. We later livestreamed his talk at TED City 2.0 from New York, an event that ran from 9pm – 3am, prompting conversations about the nighttime economy. Many of us have downloaded Jason’s work Stereopublic developed with local digital agency Freerange Future who themselves have attended many of our TEDx events.
At our last event we invited Auslan interpreters to interpret our talks live and improve access for Deaf people in our community. One of our speakers was Kirsty Stark, producer of web series Wastelander Panda and more recently A Month of Sundays which premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival. We heard that Kirsty’s interest in the Auslan interpreters led to the casting of a character who used Auslan in this film. We’re excited to again have our interpreters back for this next event.
When you come to a TEDx, you are part of an international network of people interested in ideas. In addition to local events, our volunteers have spoken, volunteered and been at events including TEDxYork,TEDxBratislava, TEDxSaoPaulo, TEDxSydney and TEDxCanberra.
Maybe your attendance might spark further involvement in a TEDx here or elsewhere.
Maybe you’ll find a connection that leads to a new event or a new business.
Maybe you’ll find a new friendship.
We look forward to sparking some new conversations this Saturday. And let us know – how has TEDx sparked something new for you?
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