What do a captain, an arctic explorer, a creative arts professor and a technologist have in common?

If you’re in the audience at TEDxNoosa 2015 it will be up to you to figure it out.

After sold-out events in 2013 and 2014, TEDxNoosa is back with another inspiring day packed full of ideas and performances.


We will be taking over The J in Noosa Junction on Friday 29th May 2015. If you have been to the event before, you will know it is an action packed day with registration and Innovation Alley open from 8am, and the event commences at 9am sharp. Prepare to be greeted with world class coffee from one of Australia’s best baristas and have your mind further stimulated by robots, interactive digital art, kinetic sculpture and more.


This year’s event is themed Land’s Edge. Think … exploring the edge, passing over, where land meets water, where life meets death, breaking points. The full line-up of 15+ speakers and performers will be announced over the coming weeks, which we are most excited to share with you.

We’re pleased to continue our affiliation with CQU as icon partner and Noosa Council as major partner.

The event would also not be possible without the incredible team behind the scenes. Some new faces join the TEDx crew and we are very excited to welcome Tim Eldridge (Partnerships) and Anne Gordon (Event Production).



The TEDxNoosa team is hard at work in 2015 preparing to bring you a very special event. Subscribe to our newsletter to find out the date, when tickets go on sale and most importantly, what ideas are going to be shared.

We are very excited to be launching this month and all will be revealed.




From all the team at TEDxNoosa, thanks for being a part of the event on the day or via live stream.

We are putting the final touches on the videos and will have them live soon. Subscribe to the newsletter or to be notified as soon as the videos are available.


TEDxNoosa Program live

The TEDxNoosa 2014 Program is now live. View the program here.

Remember that you can tune into the live stream for any of the sessions throughout the day.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday or hearing from you via #TEDxNoosa on all social channels.






Thank you to everyone who has bought a ticket to this years event. We are sold out, but there is a wait list. Follow the “buy tickets” link to get on the wait list.

We look forward to exploring all aspects of Space with you on Friday 4th April.




21 days and under 21 tickets left!

TEDxNoosa is approaching re-entry into the event stratosphere, and the tickets are burning up at great velocity.

Our speakers have been tirelessly honing their talks, Innovation Alley is shaping up to be a very unique experience with lots of interactive projects happening throughout the day, and our team is busy pulling together the final touches for an amazing day exploring all aspects of SPACE.

Creative SPACE

This year’s artist in residence is painter Margaret Turner, whose innovative blob-based technique sparked a series of works called Space Invaders that caught our eye – and are sure to catch yours too. You can get a feel for Margaret’s work here. Performance poet Ghostboy is on the lineup and we’re also thrilled to announce Brett Orr will be on stage throughout the day to welcome you in and out of the sessions.

SPACE is limited – 100 Tickets left

Thanks to everyone who jumped in early and secured their tickets for TEDxNoosa 2014. We are excited to see such great support. If you do want to spend a day exploring SPACE on 4th April, you can buy your ticket by clicking the link below.

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T-8 Weeks and Counting
With less than eight weeks to go until TEDxNoosa 2014, speakers are busy drafting and refining their ideas on ‘SPACE’. We can’t wait to share another full day of thought-provoking talks, performances and conversations with you on April 4.

Announcement — Matt Golinski

Dear TEDx Community,

Regrettably, celebrity chef Matt Golinski is unable to proceed with his TEDxNoosa talk tomorrow, Friday 4th April.

Matt underwent surgery on Wednesday as part of his recovery from his burns injuries. Although the surgery was successful and Matt is recovering well, regrettably he has not received medical clearance to attend TEDx.

Many in the community believe that Matt has ‘super human’ powers – especially after living through the accident two years ago that left Matt with third degree burns to over 40% of his body and tragically claimed the lives of his wife and their three children. The events of the past two days prove that Matt is human after all.

Matt wishes to send his sincere apologies to all TEDxNoosa audience members, organisers and other speakers. He was very much looking forward to sharing his thoughts on the theme of ‘SPACE’ and his take on how it relates to food and cooking.

Although Matt can’t attend on Friday he will be watching the TEDxNoosa presentation tomorrow via the Live Stream feed. He wishes all at TEDx a great event.matt-golinksi

Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets are now on sale for TEDxNoosa 2014, which will be held at The J on Friday April 4.

TEDxNoosa is a one day event held at The J in Noosa Junction. It is a fully catered for event and doors open at 8am. It is a jam packed day with 18 speakers presenting over 4 sessions, an Innovation Alley, interactive art, displays and even a space workshop. We highly recommend you come ready with an appetite to ponder and meet a very diverse audience throughout the day. This is unallocated seating to give you the opportunity to interact with different people throughout the day. The program guide will be sent to ticket holders prior to the event. You can contact us via email with questions also.

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Speaker Lineup Announced for 2014

After the success of last year’s inaugural event, TEDxNoosa received an overwhelming number of expressions of interest from local thought leaders interested in speaking in 2014.

Event curator, Nina Shadforth, says while whittling these down to the final 16 was a challenging process, the TEDxNoosa 2014 lineup is sure to educate and inspire attendees.

See the full list of speakers here

The first round of speakers announced for 2014 includes local ABC radio personality and author Mary-Lou Stephens, renowned motivational speaker Amanda Gore, Noosa-based chef Matt Golinksi, QWeekend editor Kylie Lang and international big wave surfer Mark Visser. A crop of local researchers, academics and business people round out the list, which is now live.

The theme for the 2014 event is ‘SPACE’, and speakers will be exploring the topic over four carefully curated sessions – inner space, outer space, local space and global space. While some speakers, such as Brisbane-based astrophysicist Tamara Davis, will explore the scientific mysteries of the universe, others will focus on personal and community spaces. The event will also feature a specially crafted performance by spoken word artist Ghostboy and interactive technology and displays upstairs at Innovation Alley.

Mark Visser

Big wave surfer and ocean adventurer

mark-visserMark Visser is an Australian big wave surfer and ocean adventurer. Using innovative technology, he spends his time tracking down some of the biggest waves on the planet and pioneering unique ways to surf them. Mark’s feats are not only about surfing but also about adventure, exploration and staying alive in situations that some consider impossible.

On January 20, 2011 Mark made history by achieving a night ride on 30- to 40-foot waves at the infamous Jaws break in Maui. Known globally as Night Rider, this project was a true world first and was the beginning of an upcoming adventure documentary called Nine Lives.

If riding huge waves at night wasn’t enough, Mark’s second project, Operation Deep Blue, follows him and his team as they parachute out of a specialised aircraft – with their Jet skis and surfboards – into storm swells miles out to sea in search of ‘freak’ waves. No athlete has ever gone to such lengths to find these waves, let alone surf them.

Mark’s remaining Nine Lives projects involve never-before-seen technology and breathtaking feats of human strength and endurance.

Eames Demetrios

Artist, designer, filmmaker & exponent of scale

eamesEames Demetrios wears many hats, exploring film, art, design and storytelling – each rewarding in its own way. His current-large scale project is his parallel universe, Kcymaerxthaere, a global work of multivalent storytelling that tells stories through the physicality of the world. For this project, Eames has installed 98 permanent markers and historic sites in 22 countries on six continents.

Eames is also a filmmaker and has made more than 70 films – mostly short documentaries, but including fiction features and animation – on topics ranging from the modern Maya of southern Mexico to architect Frank Gehry, from homelessness to legendary winemaker Peter Gago.

Eames is best known in the design world as director of the Eames Office and the author of numerous books on design, including An Eames Primer. He is a sought-after speaker on topics including his own work, scale, the work of Charles and Ray Eames, and sometimes just good old-fashioned storytelling. He has given talks in 40 countries, including on the main stage of the legendary TED conference.

He lives with his family in Los Angeles, California.

Amanda Gore

The Joy Project CEO, speaker and author

amandaAmanda Gore is CEO of The Joy Project, a global movement designed to help people learn to rediscover their inner joy. She is also the author of Joy is an Inside Job and one of Australia’s most popular speakers. Her presentations blend the principles of ancient wisdom with new research in modern science to wake people up to what really matters, in life and at work. Amanda believes the most important thing in life is how people feel about themselves, because this affects every other aspect of their lives – especially their performance – and yet the ability to make others feel good about themselves is rarely taught. In her talks she shares strategies, techniques and skills that allow people to adapt to change, transform their attitudes, eradicate fear, and improve relationships, communication, leadership, sales and customer service.

Matt Golinski


matt-golinksiMatt Golinski is a highly regarded Australian chef with a passion for simple, lightly spiced, yet flavour-packed food based on seasonal, fresh local ingredients.

Matt is well known as one of the original team members of the popular, long running ‘Ready Steady Cook’ television series and was a founding partner of the successful Rolling Dolmade catering company (QLD, Sunshine Coast).

After travelling around the world in 1997 to further hone his cooking skills, Matt consolidated his formidable reputation as Executive Chef at the prestigious Ricky Ricardo’s restaurant in Noosa Heads.

Matt is a passionate supporter of the Slow Food movement, a champion of artisan primary producers and a generous mentor to keen young chefs. His bronze medal from Bologna’s Internationale della Cucina Bolognese for cooking fresh pasta remains a standout in his swag of awards.

In late 2011, a fire in the Golinski family home tragically claimed the lives of Matt’s wife Rachael and their three daughters, Starlia, Willow and Sage. The blaze left Matt fighting for his life with third degree burns to over 40% of his body.
Matt has made extraordinary progress with his recovery. Although Matt requires further surgery before returning to a commercial kitchen he enjoys a busy schedule of cooking demonstrations and public speaking engagements.

He is passionate about good health and fitness and is a regular runner. He is currently training for a full marathon.

Tamara Davis


tamaraAstrophysicist Tamara Davis was raised on a Sydney beach, where she learned that the forces of nature powering the waves are often stronger than the swimmers immersed in them. These days, with the universe as her laboratory, she uses the stellar and galactic experiments the universe naturally performs to learn about the nature of gravity, spacetime and our fundamental laws of physics. She’s amongst the most highly-cited astrophysicists in the world, and has won numerous science awards, including the Astronomical Society of Australia’s medal for the young researcher with the highest international impact. Her ultimate aim is to use dark energy to make those hoverboards everybody’s being demanding, because she strongly believes that science shouldn’t let anybody down.


Poet / Writer / Performer / Cultural Producer

ghostboyDavid Stavanger – aka Ghostboy - are two writers in one skin. As a published poet he won the 2013 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize with a book coming out with UQP, and he is also currently the inaugural Lord Mayor’s ”Reader-in-Residence” based at Brisbane Square Library. As his alter-ego Ghostboy he founded the thriving QLD Poetry Slam scene having established himself as one of Australia’s most innovative & enigmatic performance poets since winning the Performance Poetry World Cup in 2005.  A live hybrid of spoken word theatre & absurdist cabaret, Ghostboy has been featured at many major festivals both nationally and on the international stage.

Kerry Reid-Searl

Professor, Teacher, Nurse and Midwife

kerryKerry Reid-Searl is a Professor of Nursing at CQUniversity and is acknowledged as a leader in health care education through her pioneering work in creating, designing and researching a unique simulation teaching strategy called Mask-Ed (KRS Simulation). She is passionate about increasing the quality of care for patients. Through her innovative teaching methods, Kerry imparts compassionate values and high professional standards to her students. Utilising tenets from both education and drama, Kerry creates and embodies vivid characters who shape the way students approach the humanism and complexities of quality nursing care.

Kerry’s innovative approach has earned her extensive teaching awards including two Australian Learning and Teaching Citations, Pearson/ Australia Nurse educator of the year, an Australian award for Excellence in University Teaching and in 2013 the Simulation Australia achievement award. Kerry is also well published in international journals for her work and has been the principal author, as well co-author, of several nursing texts books which have been sold nationally and internationally. Kerry grew up in Tasmania, is a mother of three and lives on the Capricorn coast where she has a passion for sea kayaking.

Kylie Lang

Journalist, editor and media personality

kylie-langKylie Lang is an award-winning journalist and media personality based in Brisbane, Australia. As editor of Qweekend, the flagship magazine in Saturday’s Courier-Mail newspaper, she presents news and entertainment across a range of issues, including technology, health, education, relationships, the environment and social change.

Kylie also writes a weekly opinion column in The Sunday Mail newspaper, for which she won the top honour in the 2013 OPSO National Media Awards (“Special Award for Outstanding Contribution or Continued Excellence in the Presentation of Older Australian’s Issues”). She was also a 2013 Clarion (QLD Walkley) Awards finalist.

A popular guest on radio and TV, Kylie is a talented emcee, moderator and panellist and holds a regular Friday morning slot on News Talk 4BC radio in Brisbane. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from the University of Iowa, a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Journalism, Japanese and English from the University of Queensland, and an honours-equivalent degree in Japanese from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies.

She speaks Japanese, Italian and French and her passions include food and wine, architecture and design, travel, art, fashion and bush walking.


Lindy Atkin


lindyLindy Atkin has been a co-director of Bark Design Architects with Stephen Guthrie since the practice formed in Noosa in 1997. Prior to returning to Australia, Lindy worked with three internationally renowned architects in London between 1989 and 1995: Nicholas Grimshaw, Future Systems and Richard Rogers. On her return, she worked with Sunshine Coast architects John Mainwaring and Lindsay and Kerry Clare and Sydney architects James Grose and Bligh Voller Nield.

As a current Queensland Chapter Councillor of the Australian Institute of Architects, Lindy is a Member of the Regional Affairs Committee. She is also a Community Director and the Deputy Chair of the UNESCO-endorsed Noosa Biosphere Governance Board. Lindy was the awarded the Outstanding Business Woman of the Year by the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network in 2010.

Alongside Stephen Guthrie, Lindy has focused on the continual professional development of a small regional Australian architectural practice, Bark Design Architects.

Phillip Daffara

Futurist & Architect

phillip-daffaraPhillip Daffara is a registered architect, urban designer and professional futurist advocating ecological design and the role of cities as catalysts for the development of planetary civilisation. His expertise includes urban futures and adaptation to megatrends;  sustainable architecture, urban design thinking and city making; and collaborative community and stakeholder consultation and visioning.

Phillip comes from a family of farmers, which explains why he is passionate about nurturing ideas like social seeds within a planet of possibilities. As a child he was deeply influenced by the Parable of the Sower: the notion that ideas can either grow and proliferate or wither and die. As a result, whether he is practicing architecture, placemaking, teaching or research and writing, Phillip draws upon the axiom that we create our own reality, which is ‘farmed’ through careful words, design intentions and synergistic action.