TED, The international phenomenon of ideas worth spreading, has come to Wollongong. The University of Wollongong (UOW) hosted this very special independently organised TEDx event for a select group of 100 people on May 29 2012. The event saw some of our best and brightest researchers at UOW sharing their life’s work and passion for the cutting edge field of medical bionics; a field which is currently developing the next generation of the bionic ear, bionic eye and conduits that facilitate nerve repair (for spinal cord damage). We look forward to bringing you an even bigger and better event in 2013.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani,Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TEDxUWollongong is organised by a team volunteers at the University of Wollongong. Our team, donate their time and effort to make TEDxUWollongong a success.Thanks to: Vicky Wallace, Elise Pitt, Andrew Tajsic, Natalie Foxon, Heidi de Coster, Evelyne Raymond, Sharon Martin and staff from the Office of Community Partnerships and Media Unit.
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