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TEDxQueenstown - Ideas Worth Spreading

Welcome to TEDx Queenstown!

TEDxQueenstown kicked off in 2013 to bring the spirit of TED to Queenstown.  After two successful events the 2015 campaign has started in earnest.  If you’d like to be involved as a volunteer to bring this event to the community, or as a wonderful sponsor please get in contact with the team.

For information on past events, and previous talks, check out our online channels below and subscribe to our email using the link in the red bar above.  You can see previous talks and promo videos at TEDxQueenstown on YouTube. For the latest info stay tuned on TwitterFacebook or at TEDxQueenstown.com. For further enquiries about future events please email info@tedxqueenstown.com.

TEDx Queenstown Media Release : Community Event 8th Sept 2014

Media release from TEDxQueenstown
Queenstown, New Zealand
Monday 1 September 2014

TEDxQueenstown launches 2015 campaign with community information event
Organisers of TEDxQueenstown have announced they will hold a community information evening next Monday 8 September enabling all members of the Wakatipu to come along and find out more about the unique organisation that brings you TEDxQueenstown.

Held at the Queenstown Resort College Executive Suite from 5pm, the event is open to anyone who wants to find out more about TEDx, the event, when and how it all happens for you as an individual or business.

TEDxQueenstown co-curator Trent Yeo said he and the team of volunteers were “inspired and energised” to be working on the 2015 programme and already have some “great ideas brewing”.

“We want to establish TEDxQueenstown 2015 as a place for dialogue on innovation and ideas for our community, to the world,” said Mr Yeo.

“Since the last event the team and I have travelled to experience other TEDx events overseas and in New Zealand and we’ve got lots of ideas to make ours an even deeper experience for those in the live filming audience,” he said.
“This community evening is a platform for anyone who has ever been curious about the TEDx organisation to come and say hi, have a drink and ask lots of questions. We’re privileged to have at least four amazing people give short discussions on the night which will help shed some light on what TEDx is about from different angles.”

Part of the founding TEDxQueenstown crew are locals Trent Yeo and Scott Kennedy with the inaugural TEDxQueenstown event was held back in 2013. The successful first event was followed up by 2014s event titled ‘Sense of Place’.
The sell-out event attracted an array of high profile speakers including founder of Lonely Planet Tony Wheeler, internationally-renowned nutritional biochemist Dr.Libby Weaver and MEGA Limited CEO Vikram Kumar.
Other presenters also included local Queenstowners who had the audience gripped with individual speeches crafted uniquely for the event.
Organisers have confirmed Dr. Libby Weaver will make an appearance at the community launch event to speak about her TEDx experience last year as a speaker. Queenstown speaker Frederique Gulcher-Ingram, volunteer Charles Easter and previous attendee Ed Bassett will also talk about their personal reflections.

“Those involved with TEDx are always asked “so what is this event all about”. So we decided to open the doors to the community and answer those questions,” said Mr Yeo.

“We encourage anyone who’s ever had that thought pop into the head to come along, including businesses who may want to support the event via much-needed sponsorship, those wanting to volunteer pre-event and on the day and even those budding orators who may want to be one of our event speakers,” he said.

“The possibilities to be involved are endless and we’re looking for people with various skill sets to assist. It’s a team environment and just great to be a part of this worldwide phenomenon. People are the highlight, we get to learn new skills or practice old ones.”

The TEDx community information event will be held Monday 8 September at Queenstown Resort College from 5-6.30pm. Refreshments will be provided and event committee members and volunteers will be on-hand to answer any questions.

TEDxQueenstown 2015 dates will be announced at the community event and media advised after that. Ticket sales and speakers will be announced next year as the programme develops.

For the latest information on TEDxQueenstown join the conversation on facebook or at www.TEDxQueenstown.com


For media enquiries please contact
Naomi Lindsay
027 471 7255

TEDx Queeenstown Community Event 2014

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

TEDx Queenstown – Community Event Monday 8th September

TEDx Queeenstown Community Event 2014
The TEDx Queenstown team are delighted to announce our first community event on Monday 8th September in the QRC Executive Lounge.

We may have seemed quiet for a while as the TEDxQueenstown team rejuvinates, relaxes, skis and boards and…..gets bigger and better looking towards 2015!!!

The bigger part is true – we have more people helping out as volunteers, but I can’t promise they are better looking.  That’s up to you to judge.  And we haven’t really been quiet.  Trent has been flying around the world ‘TED’ing’ at different events, and we’ve been quietly planning our first informal TEDx Queenstown community gathering…

If you’ve heard about our events but still think ‘What is TEDx?’, this is the night for you.  If you still don’t know much about TEDx pop along for an informal chat to find out more about volunteering, hearing what it’s like to be a speak, and even what it’s like to be an audience member.

We are delighted to have along past speakers Dr Libby Weaver and Frederique Gulcher along with volunteers and audience members.

Go on – get excited, get involved.  See you on Monday 8th (that’s this Monday if you read this quickly!)

Map to location : Queenstown Resort College, 7 Coronation Drive, Queenstown



TEDxQueenstown 2014 : The Replay – all on one playlist…

Did you miss TEDxQueenstown 2014? Now’s your chance to relive the event in your own (Sense of) Place, just like the event’s theme.

All the videos have been added to a single YouTube playlist. Give yourself a few hours, invite your friends round, crack open your favourite beverage and some nibble, and let the discussions roll…  One click will play all the videos in sequence.

Please share this playlist with your friends so we can let as many people watch these talks as possible.
Thanks for your support which allowed this event to happen.

Vikram Kumar at TEDxQueenstown 2014 – Nothing to Hide, Nothing to Fear

Vikram Kumar thinks of himself as a technologist, a person who looks at technical issues from their interaction with society, economics, and cultural change.

At TEDxQueenstonwn he talked about how our online sense of place may be more fragile than we think. If we have nothing to hide online, does it really mean we have nothing to fear? Watch his thoughts on widespread government surveillance online.

Please comment on the video over at YouTube after watching it below.

Andrew Patterson at TEDxQueenstown 2014 – The Power of Confidence to Change Lives

RadioLIVE Correspondent Andrew Patterson has strong roots in Queenstown as a former resident in the 90s. He is a passionate business champion with a bold vision for young people and their place in society and believes that supporting and growing entrepreneurism and investing in youth builds their connection with their community and is vital to the future of New Zealand.

Please comment on the video over at YouTube after watching it below.

John Reid at TEDxQueenstown 2014 – The Power Of Animism

John Reid, a senior research fellow at the University of Canterbury’s Ngai Tahu Research Centre, takes us into the world of animism and explains it’s not about belief but experience. John explores the way in which indigenous and western cultures shape their identity and the identity of the world around them.

Please comment on the video over at YouTube after watching it below.

Mathias Lefebvre at TEDxQueenstown 2014 – What do we really need in our lives?

Mathias Lefebvre is known affectionately around New Zealand’s South Island as ‘Piano Man’. Despite never having a music lesson in his life, every day Mathias tells his story with music on the grand piano. His talk at TEDxQueenstown asks us to think hard about what we really need in our lives and how we can cooperate for a better future for all.

Please share your comments on YouTube after you watch his talk below.

Frederique Gulcher-Ingram at TEDxQueenstown 2014 – The Kaleidoscope of Queenstown

If a place could be described as a kaleidoscope, then Queenstown could be it.  A cultural mix, and the next stop being Antartica (I’m using some poetic license here ;->), it’s the people, geography and place that makes this town.

Frederique explores the Queenstown kaleidoscope in her TEDxQueenstown 2014 talk below.  Please share your comments on YouTube after watching.

Holly Arrowsmith at TEDxQueenstown 2014

Holly Arrowsmith is a talented young performer at the early stages of her career. Her words about her music and what she gives, and gets back from it sound like she’s a veteran in the business, yet it was only a few years ago she surprised her family by announcing her intended music path. Holly spoke at TEDxQueenstown 2014 about the honest in her music.

Her talk is below. Please head over to YouTube and leave your comments after.