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TEDxAuckland 2013

TEDxAuckland 2013 took place on Saturday, 3 August in the Aotea Centre. A wide range of speakers took to the stage in the full day event.

The final group of speakers for 2013’s event included celebrated musician and distinguished authority on Maori instruments, Richard Nunns; Professor in Design at AUT and outspoken critic of dehumanised systems of education, Welby Ings; freelance filmmaker and creator of 3D timelapses of New Zealand landscapes and starscapes, Joseph Michael; founder and chief of collaborative website Wiki New Zealand, Lillian Grace; leading laser cosmetic dentist, international educator and bestselling author, Dr. Hisham Abdalla; and New York-based corporate communications chairman and New Zealand storyteller, Brian Sweeney.

Other speakers that took the stage at TEDxAuckland 2013 were Mayor of Otorohanga and motorcycle enthusiast Dale Williams; iconic New Zealand furniture and lighting designer, David Trubridge; poet, teaching artist and creative entrepreneur, Grace Taylor; former New Zealand Prime Minister and Administrator of the UNDP, Helen Clark; founder of depression charity Live More Awesome and author of A Bit Mental, Jimi Hunt; sustainability specialist and co-founder of ecostore, Malcolm Rands; local food advocate, social entrepreneur and founder of Ooooby, Pete Russell; highly awarded professor and director of the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland, Richard Faull; chef and award-winning author Robert Oliver; award-winning documentary director of Finding Mercy, Robyn Paterson; and educator, entrepreneur and founder of the Hika programs Sophie Tauwehe Tamati.

Mark Sagar is a double Academy Award winner and introduced Baby X at TEDxAuckland. Dubbed “The future of Artificial Intelligence” the Baby X showcase was a unique opportunity for TEDx attendees to interact with the installation, and the first time Baby X had been seen anywhere in the world. The showcase installation is the result of collaboration between Augusto and Mark Sagar’s laboratory for Animate technologies, with support from New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.

TEDxAuckland is proudly supported by Principal Partner New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, New Zealand’s international business development agency. NZTE helps New Zealand businesses grow bigger, better, and faster in international markets.

ASB is proud to be the Major Partner of TEDxAuckland. Since 1847, ASB has been at the forefront of New Zealand banking innovation. It is one of New Zealand’s most trusted brands, built on the foundations of world‐class customer service, technology leadership and community involvement.

The New Zealand Herald, Telecom NZ, AUT University and New Zealand Post are Supporting Partners.

The Goat Farm, Loop, Scoop Media, Idealog Magazine, Flitter, Augusto, Summer of Dev, Deafradio, Lovenotes, Toi Ora Live Arts Trust, PleasureKraft, Espresso Workshop, Pop Dining and Monteith’s are TEDxAuckland Event Partners.

Speakers 2013


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