Six speakers not to miss at TEDxSydney 2015

Untitled design (18)Clear your diary and block out your calendar on Thursday May 21 because TEDx is coming to Sydney!

Provocative, insightful, educational, inspiring, and so much more, TED talks truly are Ideas Worth Spreading. This year 16 Australians will share their stories, ideas and experiences on stage at the Sydney Opera House. It’s a great line-up but there are a few speakers we’re particularly looking forward to seeing…

Julian Burnside: Author, barrister and proud human rights and refugee advocate and campaigner, Burnside is originally from Melbourne. He studied law at Monash University and since then, he’s represented some of Australians wealthiest people and also taking on probono work relating to human rights issues. In 2007 he received the Australian Peace Prize and in 2014 he received the Sydney Peace Prize!

We expect nothing less than a passionate and intelligent talk from Julian Burnside.


Tom Uglow: In his role as creative director of Google’s Creative Lab in Sydney, Tom Uglow collaborates with global creative and cultural organisations to explore how to bring the arts and technology together in new ways.

According to his LinkedIn profile, the projects Tom works on often enable artists, writers and performers to use remarkable digital tools.

“I have a soft spot for books, an obsession with ambient digital, and opinion on most things,” Tom says.

We can't wait to hear more!


Associate Professor Charlie Teo: Neurosurgeon, associate professor and founder of the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Charlie Teo was trained in Sydney but has worked for many years in the USA. He’s been featured on ABC’s Q&A, 60 Minutes and several other programs.

Charlie Teo is bound to have many a story to share about his inspirational work and perhaps about his patients as well.


Dr Helen Durham: The first Australian and the first women to be a director of the International Law and Policy Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Dr Helen Durham will bring a global view to the event.

Her work for the ICRC has been international, including in Burma, Aceh, the Philippines and the Pacific. She’s worked on international treaties in New York, Geneva and Rome.


Hamish Skermer: An Australian entrepreneur, Hamish Skermer invented an environmentally friendly, dry compost toilet 15 years ago (which is now used at festivals the world over).

According to an article in The Australian, his theory is simple. “It starts off as a banana, you eat it, you compost it, and then you can help grow bananas again.”

Dylan Alcott: A world-record holder, Paralympic gold medalist and an Order of Australia medal recipient, 24-year-old Dylan Alcott is also a motivational speaker.

Originally from Melbourne, Alcott plays wheelchair tennis and basketball. HE’s competed internationally and studied for a year in the US. He is currently studying Commerce at the University of Melbourne.

Dylan Alcott has lived a life very different to most of us, and we’re curious how he will share his story.


If you’re not among the 2,300 fortunate enough to attend, you can watch the live stream on the day or attend a satellite event.

Who would you like to see speak at the next TEDxSydney? We think Benojo founder Martyn Ryan is up for it! Learn more about his work and that of Benojo.