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TEDx Brisbane

TEDx Brisbane

The second TEDxBrisbane was held at the State Library of Queensland last weekend. More than 450 people attended the event.

It was a great day and a few firm favourites shone through. My top moments of the day include:

Gordon Hamilton’s Toy Story 3 = Awesome

Composer Gordon Hamilton’s video takes random Facebook status updates (an idea he said was born out of laziness as he procrastinated) and turns them into a song. Watch the results below.

Eva Cox her talk, presented via Skype, was logical, to the point and fascinating. Her talk (which I hope is posted online) brought up many great points including “Why do we assume that working longer hours equals more productivity?”

Personally, however, as great as the long-form talks were what caught my attention were the 3 minute brain bursts. My favourite? Paul Songhurst’s talk on how we can reinvigorate the 1m x 1m space around trees on the sidewalk. During a trip to New York he catalogued how these spaces were used – gardens, bike racks, fenced areas. The possibility to transfer this to our own city is quite exciting!

And it goes without saying the day wouldn’t have been half as good without the people. I was surrounded by old friends and new friends who only served to enhance the experience. Thanks to Carl and Paul for their efforts in bringing the day together.

You can see photos from the day on Flickr. The photos were taken by Brisbane-photographer Mark Lobo.

You can read all the tweets (and there are plenty) from the day on Twitter.

Yours in TED Talks,


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