Warrnambool will be showcased on the world stage through a leading platform for the propagation of ideas, creativity and innovation.
In a major coup for the city, Warrnambool has been chosen to host a TEDx event in April 2020.
TED is a non-profit global organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TEDlike experience.
TEDx talks are among the most popular videos on social media, with the TEDx Talks YouTube channel having more than 19 million subscribers. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection.
These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event.
The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised, subject to certain rules and regulations.
TEDxWarrnambool Organiser Helen Sheedy said that the event will provide a platform for Warrnambool speakers to reach a massive audience.
“This is an amazing opportunity to tell the stories of our region to potentially millions of people around the globe,” she said.
“Warrnambool will be the first regional city in Victoria and just the second in Australia given a licence to stage a TEDx event.
“TEDxWarrnambool will be a place in our community that inspires people to change their lives, futures and, ultimately, the world.”
The search is now on for up to five presenters who will speak for up to 15 minutes each.
“Rather than beginning with an overarching theme for the talks, we decided to keep the parameters wide to encourage broad inclusion and to showcase the diversity and history that our region provides,” Ms Sheedy said.
“If you an idea that is worth sharing, passionate about and you want to make a local and global impact, we want to hear from you.”
Warrnambool City Council is the principal partner for the event.