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TEDxPerth returns for 10th year

Elise Anthony
Elise Anthony
// // Back in person, TEDxPerth returns with a captivating line of speakers…

Celebrating its 10th year, TEDxPerth returns bigger than ever with a fresh new venue, MC and a captivating lineup of speakers.

Taking the stage at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday April 1, TEDxPerth 2023 will feature impactful talks, live performances, short films and speaker Q&As as each presenter unveils their ideas to change the world and improve the lives of those around us.

TEDxPerth returns for 10th year
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This year’s event will be hosted by writer, performer, comedian and broadcaster Chris Taylor, best known as a member of ABC’s The Chaser. Chris is responsible for shows such as CNNNN and The Chaser’s War on Everything, as well as numerous award-winning election specials. More recently, he was the creator, co-writer and producer of the critically acclaimed Foxtel/Binge drama Upright, starring Tim Minchin.

Alongside Chris, TEDxPerth recently announced the first lineup of speakers:

  1. The brain behind ABC’s You Can’t Ask That, Director and Interviewer Kirk Docker will help us ​rediscover the lost art of ​conversation in an age of isolation ​and social media bubbles. Kirk will ​show how, through empathy and ​curiosity, we can all have better ​conversations.
  2. WA Museum Marine & Molecular Biologist, Dr. Nerida Wilson, will offer insight into the unique faces of sea dragons which allow each sea dragon to be identified. Using technology similar to facial recognition, scientists such as Dr. Wilson can now study many more sea dragons, getting a much more complete understanding of their behaviours, and in a much less intrusive way.
  3. Professional Photographer, Jarrad Seng, shows how a personal philosophy, one of “seeking discomfort”, can help achieve the most amazing results. Alongside his work as a photographer, Jarrad has featured on reality TV show Survivor and is an ambassador for Qantas and Canon.
  4. Ten years after her remarkable ​TEDxPerth talk about Hulbert ​Street, Sustainability Consultant and Community Organiser, Shani Graham, will share how her ​mission to develop a more resilient ​community grew and moved from ​a street in Fremantle to an entire ​suburb.
  5. Nyungar Elder & ARC Chief ​Investigator at UWA, Professor Leonard Collard, is a passionate language preserver and business owner. Professor Collard will give an insight into the shared ​history of Indigenous and ​colonialist Western Australia – and ​how that is reflected in our place ​names.
  6. Anaesthetist, columnist and former President of AMA, Dr. Andrew Miller, will share how he began to ​support his elderly mother and ​became more aware of her needs ​and wants – and how this changed ​his views on aged care in Australia. ​
  7. First Nations Community Leader and Business Woman, Jahna Cedar, will share how as a ​Nyiyaparli/Yindijbarndi woman ​from the Pilbara region, she ​navigates two worlds with differing ​practices and responsibilities. Jahna believes that to progress ​reconciliation, a more widespread ​understanding of this code ​switching is needed. Her talk ​is designed to help listeners develop their ​understanding. Jahna is Executive ​Director at IPS Management ​Consultants.
  8. Outback astronomer Greg Quicke, AKA “Space Gandalf”, will ​lead his audience on a ​journey that will give a cosmic ​perspective that makes all ​other issues seem small.
  9. Artist, entrepreneur and photographer, Lauren Crooke, will share how she uses ​photography as a tool to ​empower women, heal the ​wounds of personal and ​challenge patriarchy.

More speakers to be announced soon.

Join TEDxPerth on Saturday, April 1 for a celebration of some of this country’s most exciting thinkers and doers from past and present. Lunch is included – all you need to bring is an open mind!

For further information and access to tickets click HERE.

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Elise Anthony

Elise Anthony

Elise is studying a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Western Australia, majoring in Media & Communications and Human Geography & Planning. She is heavily involved in UWA's innovation community as the current Chair of Venture, the Student Guild's Innovation Centre. In this role, Elise supports student start-ups and facilitates workshops focused on skills development for the future of work. When not on campus Elise likes to spend her time consuming good food and wine.
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