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TEDxVUW comes to Victoria University of Wellington

26 March 2014

TEDxVUW comes to Victoria University of Wellington

This Saturday Victoria University of Wellington will become the first New Zealand university to host a TEDx event. The student-led event, TEDxVUW will be an experienced not to be missed.

TEDxVUW is run by students for students and faculty at Victoria University. The theme for this year’s event is “locally engaged, globally connected”. This theme recognises contributions or concepts by Kiwis at the local level that have significance to the wider world. Each speaker embodies this theme, they have been recognised internationally for the work they have produced, but remain steadfastly involved in the Wellington community. TEDxVUW aims to provide Victoria students with the drive to draw from the world around them and to invest themselves at a local level.

TEDxVUW willshowcase a diverse and talented line-up of 12 Kiwis, from alumni and faculty members of Victoria University, to leaders contributing to the wider community. The full line-up for 2014 includes:

Melissa Clark-Reynolds – Entrepreneur and Strategic Advisor

Ian “Blink” Jorgensen – Founder of Camp A Low Hum

Estère – Musician

Vicki Treadell – British High Commissioner to New Zealand

Matt Dagger – Kaibosh Food Rescue

Dr Simon Lamb – Scientist and Climate Change Activist, Film Maker

Ben Jagersma – Architect, First Light Studios

Jon Drypnz – Artist

Angela Meyer-Blacksmith – Author and Blogger

Linc Gasking – Founder of Free Range Farms and Adventure Wellington

Suzanne Snively – Wellingtonian of the Year, Community Leader

Michael Howard – Poet

TEDxVUW 2014

Saturday 29 March, 11.00 – 5.00pm

The Hunter Lounge, Kelburn Campus, Victoria University of Wellington

For more information about this year’s speakers and all other updates visit



About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 29 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED's stage. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.

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