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About TED, TEDx and TEDxSpringwood

Ideas change everything

TED began back in 1984 as a conference where speakers present their ideas that centred around Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED). Decades later, TED has evolved to encompass everything from science and business to education, arts, and global issues. Each year TED gives a platform for ideas that spark imagination, embrace possibility and catalyse impact.

TEDx is a grassroots initiative, created in the spirit of TED’s overall mission to research and present talks that resonate with TED's philosophy that “ideas change everything.” TEDx brings the spirit of TED to local communities around the globe through TEDx events. These events are organised by passionate individuals who seek to uncover new ideas and to share the latest research in their local areas that spark conversations in their communities. TEDx events are organised independently under a free license granted by TED. They are not controlled by TED, but event organisers agree to abide by TED’s guidelines and its format: short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances that are idea-focused, and cover a wide range of subjects to foster inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter - all under 18 minutes.


TEDxSpringwood is the second TEDx event in the Blue Mountains, following on from the success of the inaugural TEDxKatoomba, held on 30 June 2023.


The program for 2024 will feature a brand new line-up of speakers from within the local community and beyond -- each one bringing a combination of lived experiences, expertise and ideas to the stage and delivering their take on this year's theme of "Community".


It will be a day of expansive and creative thinking with no other agenda other than learning.

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