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TEDxRuakura Brings Ideas Worth Spreading to Hamilton

TEDxRuakura brings ideas worth spreading to Hamilton

After a successful 2016 event, TEDxRuakura returns this year with an outstanding line-up of speakers bringing ideas worth spreading to Hamilton on Sunday 20 August.

From fire-breathing entrepreneurs, equality champions and storytellers, to cyber security legends and technology disruptors, the 2017 programme is diverse but the speakers are all versed to present their unique ideas in the 18-minute format.

The event is to be held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, the University of Waikato with general admission tickets costing $100, and student concession tickets $80. Ticket availability is limited to create an intimate experience and spark deep discussion and connection with the ideas presented by the speakers.

Now in its third year running, TEDxRuakura is curated and choreographed by a dedicated committee of local volunteers, led by license-holder and local business owner Quentin Weber.

“To be able to offer Hamiltonians an authentic TEDx experience, with a cast of high-caliber thought-leaders is very exciting,” says Weber.

“Our hope is that through providing a knowledge-sharing platform for these innovative ideas, conversations will be sparked between like-minded people. We’d love to see both TEDx enthusiasts and those new to the TEDx movement come along and open their minds to new ways of thinking.”

The full-day programme will run from 10am to 5pm with opportunities throughout the day to network with other attendees.

Videos of the TEDxRuakura talks will be made freely available online after the event, and all have the chance to be featured on and gain millions of views from world-wide audiences.

The TEDxRuakura speakers for 2017 are:

• Professor Michael Peters
• Victor Ahipene
• Paloma Aelyon
• Sam Elton-Walters
• Linda Radosinska
• Associate Professor Ryan Ko
• Andrew Judd
• Tania Jones
• Dr Rosie Bosworth
• Logan Elliott

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About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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