TEDxChristchurch 2014: Explore, Dream, Discover will be a stunning, one-day event like no other in Christchurch! At TEDxChristchurch, curious, open, passionate people come together to be intrigued, inspired, provoked and uplifted. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Aurora Centre for the Performing Arts, Saturday 1 November will be a feast for the mind and the heart.
Speakers announced so far include:
- Psychologist Nigel Latta
- Astroparticlephysicist Jenni Adams
- Microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles
- Conspiracy theory theorist Matthew Dentith
- Leadership expert Rob Hoult
- Urban planner Nick Williamson
- Champion problem solver Hannah Hudson
- Dance duo Silhouette Adagio
- Astrophotographer Mark Gee
Additional speakers and performers will be revealed over the coming weeks.
TEDxChristchurch is an independent event operated under license from TED. The first Christchurch TEDx event was TEDxChCh in October 2010. In May 2011 the team held the first TEDxEQChCh, focused on the future of post-quake Christchurch; 2012 saw TEDxEQChCh again focused on our post-quake context. In 2013, we returned to our roots with TEDxChristchurch.
TEDxChristchurch brings together leading local, national and global thinkers and doers for a day like no other:
- To encourage wonder and exploration
- To connect possibility with practicality
- To serve as a bridge between Christchurch and the world
- To provoke, remind, delight, uplift, inform, and inspire.
TEDxChristchurch and all TEDx events are entirely non-profit.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxChristchurch, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxChristchurch event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California in 1984, 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.