It’s back. TEDxSydney 2012 is scheduled for Saturday 26 May at CarriageWorks in Sydney. The focus for this year’s event is around new economies and Australia’s changing role in Asia and the Pacific.
The setup is as per usual – anyone can participate via simulcast or tune in via one of the live streams. If you’d however like to be a part of the audience, limited places are available – head to the TEDx website to apply (applications close 5 April 2012).
The 2012 line-up includes the following speakers:
Gerard Reinmuth and Anthony Burke: architects and creative directors of Australia’s representation at Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 will put forward their ideas for The City and how it will shape 21st century Australia.
Roger Langridge: New Zealand-born cartoonist who has been producing comics for over twenty years. Most recently, he has attracted critical attention for his work on the Harvey Award-winning Muppet Show Comic Book (Boom! Studios) and Thor: The Mighty Avenger (Marvel Comics).
Professor Kate Burridge: chair, Linguistics, Monash University and a regular presenter of language segments including ABC’s Can We Help – will talk about the evolution of our Australian English.
Lynette Wallworth: an Australian artist whose practice spans responsive video installation, photography and film. Often working in series or meditations on one theme, her measured pace gently insists that patient observation might reveal layers of understanding between ourselves, others and the natural environment.
Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte: CEO, NICTA, robotics researcher. Hugh’s work in field robotics leads the world. Australia is developing robots that work independently – they direct themselves. These revolutionary robots will be seen in person, going through their paces, at TEDxSydney.
Professor Geoff Garrett: currently CEO US Studies Centre, and the new head of University of Sydney Business School from April. Professor Garrett will talk about Australia’s new role and relationships in Asia and with the US.
Professor Tom Griffiths: environmental historian will look at how Australia has changed over the last 1,000 years as the world temperature has risen one degree “One Degree, One Thousand Years.” Professor Griffiths has just returned from a trip to Mawson’s Hut.
Jeremy Heimans: who is behind the concept and foundation of GETUP, now USA based and a co-creator of purpose.com. Jeremy has a new model for economics that he is working on – which looks at the emerging markets of China and India specifically.
Dr Evan Kidd: ANU-based psychologist, will talk about the role of imaginary friends and play for both adults and children. His new research will premiere on TEDxSydney stage.
Dr Angela Moles: Eureka Award winner 2011 and researcher on the World Herbivory Project will speak about her research on weeds, and show how we should re-consider and re-position ‘weeds’.
Nobel Prize winning astronomer Brian Schmidt: ANU Canberra. Professor Schmidt will speak about the role of science education in primary schools.
The full line-up is available here.