Festival of ideas set for return

We are looking for a broad range of ideas …

THE city’s instalment of an international ideas event has officially opened applications for the community to put forward their stories in a bid to recruit motivating public speakers.

The second annual TEDxTownsville event will take place on Saturday, September 17, at a venue to be announced.

The theme for the event is Breaking Barriers.

TEDxTownsville 2016 is about overcoming all obstacles and shining a light on what is holding the community back.

This year, organisers are looking for ideas about rising from the ashes, tackling difficulties, turning problems into catalysts and breaking the barriers to creating, innovating and changing for the better.

TEDxTownsville licensee and curator Tania Clarke said the TEDx event is looking to tackle the issues the community faces and to showcase unheard voices.

“We are looking for a broad range of ideas and look forward to receiving applications and nominations through the website from voices in the community and beyond,” she said. “The TEDx licence requires us to have a very diverse cross- section of talks on topics such as science, research, sustainability, technology, design, justice, youth, culture, education, failure and more.

“A powerful TEDx talk has an idea at its centre, so we’re looking for more than personal stories.”

TEDx events are a volunteer- run initiative operated under licence from the global organisation TED.

In its first year in Townsville, only 100 people were allowed to buy tickets to attend but an audience of thousands watched online from around the world.

The audience took to social media to share their thoughts on the event, which included 11 local talks, musical performances, showings of TED videos and a number of interactive activities.

This year’s one- day event will have 240 tickets released and is being organised by a small team of volunteers.

Potential speakers nominate or apply via TEDxTownsville website.

Ms Clarke said the second event would bring an exciting opportunity to connect the community again to the spirit of TEDx and “ideas worth spreading”. 

By Rachel Riley, Townsville Bulletin Journalist