TEDxSydney On Campus - SURGfm Live Broadcast


The University of Sydney is hosting a TEDxSydney Satellite Event - 9am - 6pm tomorrow on the Law Lawns. All of the talks from TEDx at the Opera House will be live streamed, with special Q&A sessions broadcast live from Eastern Avenue on SURGfm. Read on for more info plus: free coffee and your chance for you and a friend to get booted off to the Opera House to watch TEDxYouth@Sydney to catch the action up close.

The two Q&A sessions, live in-person from the tent on the Law Lawns are:

10.45am - TEDxSydney Youth Speaker Matthew Ng

Matthew Boon Meng Ng is a 22-year-old unionist and progressive campaigner. He is a founding member and currently the National Deputy Director of Interns Australia, the peak body for interns and students on vocational placements. While studying Business at the University of Technology Sydney, Matthew completed two unpaid internships, which informed his view of a need for greater representation and advocacy of Australian interns.
Matthew also has a role at Save Our SBS as Vice President and works as National Communications and Media Officer for the Australian Manufacturing Worker’s Union. He sits on the Board of Acceptance Sydney for Gay and Lesbian Catholics, the NSW Redcross Youth Advisory Committee, Australian Catholics for Equality and Marrickville Youth Council. Matthew is also an unaccredited Antique dealer. He lives in Newtown with his partner Harrison.

3.00pm - TEDxSydney Speakers Karen Palmer and Tara Winkler

Karen Palmer combines Neurogaming, Film, Wearable Technology and Parkour to create dynamic immersive video installations to inspire and empower the user.
Her practise involves creating a sense of mindfulness and “being in the moment” to simulate a physiological and spiritual journey through storytelling and technology.
Her recent project SYNCSELF 2 recreates the process of transcending fear, was showcased at the iconic V&A Museum. This interactive parkour experience is controlled by the user’s mental focus, monitored by EEG biosensors, technology developed by Brunel University London.

Karen will be an international speaker at Games for Change Festival NY, Summer 2016. She was a Keynote speaker at DiGRA 2015 The World’s leading Academic Digital Games Conference, Germany. SYNCSELF 2 was a key exhibit at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2015, where she was a Panel Speaker on Neuroscience in Gaming. Previous commissions include the Cultural Lead up to the 2012 London Olympics and nominations include an HBO Award at Filmteractive Festival in Poland 2013.

Tara Winkler is the Managing Director of the Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT) which she established with Jedtha Pon in 2007 in order to rescue fourteen children from a corrupt and abusive orphanage. 

Tara has led CCT through a number of significant organisational changes, including the closure of the initial CCT orphanage in favour of a holistic model of programs and services to help Cambodian families escape poverty, while ensuring family preservation. Tara now speaks out against the spread of orphanages in developing countries, caused by the good intentions of foreign donors, and of harm that comes to children when they are separated from family and left to grow up in institutions. 

In 2011 Tara was awarded NSW Young Australian of the Year in recognition of her work with CCT, she has been featured twice on Australian Story and her first book, How (Not) to Start an Orphanage, is being published in April 2016.

Check out some of the videos below for more info as to who will be speaking at the Sydney Opera House on the day


Using the tag #espressoyourself, write, draw or design a creative answer on one of the custom coffee cups and then share your creation via Instagram (or your other social account) for a free coffee.

The University will  also be running a competition to win one of two double passes to TEDxYouth@Sydney on the day. This includes transport for you and a friend to Sydney Opera House to catch the action up close!

The event is free and open to all students and staff.

TEDxSydney On Campus Satellite is presented by the University of Sydney. Catch our live broadcast here on SURGfm. The event will also be available at the TEDx website and the Sydney Morning Herald Facebook page. The schedule for the day can be seen here.