TEDxAuckland 2014

2,500 people gathered in Aotea Centre for the third TEDxAuckland last weekend. Designed to inspire Aucklanders through storytelling, sustainable-thinking and innovation, this years theme was Ascending.

The day consisted of five sessions of talks, included a lovely catered lunch AND an after party. Each session flew by with each talk being a short, but powerful nugget of inspiration.

Early on Urzila Carlson talked about there being ‘no bigger waste of time than regret’, and this really set a tone for the day. None of these speakers would regret anything that had brought them in front of you to tell these amazing stories, and inturn, no one would regret their ticket purchase to TEDxAuckland.

It can get quite emotional hearing these life changing and life affirming tales. I was especially moved by Rachel Callander. After losing her daughter Evie, who had a rare chromosome condition, this award winning NZ Wedding and Portrait photographer Rachel Callander turned her talent to capturing the beauty and abilities of other children with ‘Super Powers’.This resulted in the Super Power Baby Project, a photographic art book due for launch in August 2014.

Riley Elliott spoke with affection, passion and above all science about the plight of sharks. This evoked a strong discussion and one that thrived on twitter afterwards.

Something that worked really well was the AUT Lounge where you could see live streaming of all the talks and join presentations and discussions with speakers such as Urliza Carlson, Mike Allsop, Matt Stone, Catherine Bell, John Boone, Riley Elliott and Richard Easther.

Another feature of the day are the TED Talks videos. These have been selected to play at the beginning of each session and added an international tone to the day.

A highlight for many was the iterative musical performance from John Boone, who got 2,500 people to make music together in the acoustically perfect ASB Theatre.

This is a truly unique day to give yourself and your soul a treat. We highly recommend getting along to TEDxAuckland 2015!