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TEDxCanberraWomen 2013: Invented Here

Emma Davidson

If you read Charly Leetham’s review of TEDxCanberra 2013, or you’ve watched TED talks online, then we hope you’re as excited as we are about TEDxCanberraWomen 2013.

On Friday 6 December, a community of creative, passionate, active Canberrans will come together at the National Museum of Australia to be challenged and inspired by some of the world’s, and Canberra’s, most interesting women.

One of hundreds of events around the world held concurrently with TEDWomen 2013, the theme for TEDxCanberraWomen 2013 is Invented Here. This afternoon event offers a full session of content from the main conference in San Francisco, as well as a select group of Canberra speakers:

Wendy Bonython is a legal academic who researches at the intersection of law, biotechnology, medicine, and human rights. She has published on topics including genetic privacy, liability of people with mental illness, and autonomy and dignity in healthcare.

Pia Waugh is an open government and open data advocate, working to enable greater transparency, democratic engagement, citizen-centric design, and pragmatic innovation in the public sector and beyond. She believes that tech culture has a huge role to play in achieving better policy planning, outcomes, public engagement and a better public service.

Mariam Hakim is currently a radio announcer at 104.7 in Canberra, a Refugee Week Ambassador and a Welcome to Australia Ambassador. Mariam comes from a traditional Afghan family where music and entertainment played a significant role in her upbringing. Her family first arrived in Australia in what is now known as Villawood Detention centre.

Sparrow-Folk is the musical brain-child of performers Juliet Moody and Catherine Crowley. With a background in improvised theatre and muscial comedy, these two little birds joined forces to create sweet, poignant tunes. Unable to define themselves by traditional musical genre, Sparrow-Folk created their own signature style: “Glam-Folk.”

One of the most enjoyable and mind-expanding aspects of any TEDxCanberra event is what happens between talks. Bringing together a group of open-minded people who are keen to learn and experience means that there is always someone interesting to meet over a cup of tea, plus the chance to meet the presenters and find out more about their ideas worth sharing.


Emma Davidson

Emma Davidson is National Secretary of Women’s Electoral Lobby (Australia), a TEDxCanberra volunteer, ACT Greens candidate for 2016, and Canberra’s slowest roller derby referee. More about the Author