What would you wish to happen by the end of today? We asked fifty people that question on Darby Street, Cooks Hill one sunny day in September 2011.
Produced by Matthew McCafferty and Ali Arain from the University of Newcastle for TEDxNewy 2011.
The first-ever TEDxNewy was held at The Playhouse, Civic Theatre on Saturday 12 November with an audience of 200 people with more people watching at the Overflow Venue (Mulubinba Room, City Hall) and via webstream from Sydney to Montreal. Supported by a team of volunteers and a film crew of TAFE lecturers and students, a series of compelling speakers and performers wowed everyone watching. There was laughter and there were tears as each presenter left an undeniable impression of their idea worth spreading.
From birth (John Aitken) to death (Peter Saul), and the lives we lead in-between (Bernie Curran, Gerry Bobsien, Conor Ashleigh). From the communities we are a part of (Mark Jackson, Ukestra, Julie Baird) to the causes that make us our most passionate (David Lubans, The Naked Runners, Liz Mullinar, Alli Hammett, Tim Silverwood, Sarita Koushik) and rules that were worth breaking (Marcus Westbury, Jason van Genderen), TEDxNewy filled everyone with awe, inspiration and maybe even best of all, pride in our city. Newcastle and regional cities around Australia just like it are an idea worth spreading and I think that was proven beyond measure yesterday.
The talks will be uploaded to the TEDxTalks YouTube channel in coming weeks and we will keep you updated via this website.
Endless thanks goes to our sponsors – local organisations and business that made TEDxNewy possible:
+ University of Newcastle
+ TAFE (Hunter)
+ Harris Wheeler Lawyers
+ Silveradoh Promotional Products
+ Newcastle Innovation
+ Newcastle City Council
+ Newcastle Productions
+ New Institute
And last, but by no means least, the enthusiastic, can-do volunteers and crew that made the day run seamlessly and made me look like I had my act together.
Visual & Webstream: Peter Delahunty, Christina Sykiotis and Carlo Farina
Film Crew: Josiah Nathan, Sam Koller, Ezekiel Sargent, Phil Yeatman, Matt Molloy, Alex Sutherland, Ben Pokrajac, Jenna Schofield and Jason McBurnie.
Lighting & Audio: James Beech
Volunteer Managers: Corinne Paterson and Prue Robson
Speaker Liaisons: Roger Pryor and Lynette Pryor
Photographer: Nigel Paterson
Volunteers: Simin Adele Kwan, Brodie Drysdale, Meg Francis, Annaliese Hake, Kylie Harris, Brody Hollis, Michelle Iacono, You Jeong Kim, Minho Jung, Geunhyoung Kim, Marnie Kingston, Hong Seok Jang, Emma Sharp, Georgina Smith, Ashleigh Smith, Farzad Shahmoradi, Lee Upton and Lim Zhen Ru.
If you’ve made it this far then it’s only fair to tell you that yes, there will be a TEDxNewy in Spring 2012.
PS If you were in attendance or watched via webstream, I’d love to hear your feedback. If you would be so kind as to leave a comment of your thoughts and highlights of the day I’d be very grateful.
Missed out on a ticket to TEDxNewy at the Playhouse this Saturday 12 November? Fear not!
There’s two ways you can still watch the talks and performance as they happen via live webstream.
1. Overflow Venue – Mulubinba Room, City Hall
Head to the Mulubinba Room at City Hall with some mates to watch the talks together. Come for a session, or come for the whole day. We’ve set up a big screen so you can watch the talks in the company of fellow like-minded TED fans.
2. Webstream from your home
As long as you’ve got reliable internet connection you can watch the live webstream from any computer. Simply tune in to www.livestream.com/tedx2 from 9:05am AEDST Saturday 12 November to watch the talks and performances throughout the day.
Webstream kindly provided by Livestream.
A great piece on TEDxNewy in Saturday’s edition of The Newcastle Herald.
Click image to view larger, or click here for pdf version.
I’m very excited to announce the day’s schedule for TEDxNewy, which can be found by clicking on the ‘Schedule’ tab above.
With only 10 days before the big day there is a flurry of activity, such as finalising the design for the attendee program and sending it to print, liaising with wonderful volunteers, formulating the run-sheet and tech schematic and collecting speaker presentations for testing on production computers.
The line-up includes and diverse and intelligent bunch of people who are ready to inspire and inform. For more background, head to the ‘Speakers’ tab above.
Everyone involved with TEDxNewy is feeling the excitement growing and I’m looking forward to sharing the day with everyone either at The Playhouse or at the Overflow Venue at Mulubinba Room, City Hall on November 12.