Diverse Group of Aussies to Answer the Question: What Does it Mean to be Human and Kind?

A comedian, robobiologist, YouTube celebrity and Anglican priest walk into a convention centre… Okay, it’s not the best opening line for a joke but it is a great start to the line-up for this year’s TEDxSydney, hitting the ICC Sydney stage on Friday 15th June.

The theme for this year’s event is HumanKind, which according to Fenella Kernebone, TEDxSydney’s Head of Curation, is a reflection of our increasingly complex world.

“Current and future advances in technology continue to shape how we live,” said Kernebone. “Our speakers this year, from diverse fields such as technology, science, culture and design, all tackle the theme HumanKind – what does it mean to be human and to be kind?”

Among those tackling this topic will be activist and comedian Magda Szubanski, robobiologist Anjali Jaiprakash, who combines robotics and biology to make medical practices more accessible, refugee advocate and Anglican priest Father Rod Bower and maths teacher YouTube star, Eddie Woo.

The event is more than just a talk-fest, however, and will also feature performances from some fantastic artists including young local singer-songwriter, Odette, and the Moorambilla Voices youth choir.

Add in a film program and a competition giving businesses the opportunity to pitch their ideas on stage in 60 seconds for a chance to win $40,000 and you’ve got the makings of an event that will have social media abuzz.

This is the biggest TEDxSydney event to date, with 5,000 expected to pack the ICC halls. If you want to be part of this unique experience, register now at tedxsydney.com.