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.
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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.)
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.
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