TEDxUWA talk to dive into the future


Thea Kurniawan and Conor McLaughlin from TEDxUWA.
Thea Kurniawan and Conor McLaughlin from TEDxUWA.

FROM cyber security to coral bleaching, get ready to dive in to the future at TEDxUWA.

The student-driven talks, now in their second year at the university, take place on the first weekend of December.

TEDxUWA founder and licensee Thea Kurniawan (20) said she took the leap to host her own events after being inspired by online TED talks.

“I discovered it quite late; I went to an international school in Jakarta, and my research for an essay on ethics led to TED,” she said.

While on exchange at a university in Beijing, Ms Kurniawan found out she could get a free license to start a TEDx group, so she brought that knowledge back home to kick off TEDxUWA.

Not-for-profit organisation TED pursues ‘ideas worth spreading’, usually in the form of short and powerful talks; previous speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall and Sir Richard Branson.

TEDx events are local, independently organised events that combine TED talks, video and live speakers to spark discussion and connection.

“This year we’re focusing on the future and ideas that will get people talking,” Ms Kurniawan said.

Conor McLaughlin (19) built an app for high school students to build on skills they need for the future, and will be one of the speakers at the TEDxUWA event.

“My talk is about the future of work,” he said.

“It’s such an important topic for people to understand, and we need to prepare now.”

The TEDxUWA Future Blueprint talks take place on Saturday, December 2.

For more information, head to tedxuwa.com.

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