TEDxUQ set to rewrite the rules
TEDxUQ returned May 23 for its third annual installment of sharing “ideas worth spreading” at the University of Queensland.
Rewrite the Rules brought together a broad range of speakers and 100 UQ students, staff and alumni for a day of thought-provoking talks, idea sharing and networking.
Licensee and Event Director and UQ Bachelor of Laws and Commerce student Marya Atmeh said this year’s theme was about challenging the status quo and sparking innovation.
“The Rewrite the Rules theme was born of the notion that our thoughts and ideas are influenced and shaped throughout our lives through tradition, birth and upbringing,” Ms Atmeh said.
“As universities have traditionally been the grounds for enlightened thinking, it seemed fitting for our theme to invite a new generation of inquiring minds to question their own assumptions and endeavor to ‘rewrite the rules’ in an ever-changing world.”
Speakers included Orange Sky Laundry co-founders Lucas Patchettt and Nicholas Marchesi, who transformed their van into Australia’s first free mobile laundry service for the homeless.
UQ student and One Woman Project founder and director Madeline Price and Opera Queensland’s Jason Barry Smith also spoke at the event.
The event included performances by a cappella group Soulstice and the UQ Japanese Taiko Drumming Team.
Ms Atmeh said because the TEDxUQ Rewrite the Rules talk had reached capacity of 100 attendees, the team would host “TEDxUQ GreenRoom”—a live-streaming event with beanbags, popcorn, and live music during the breaks, as well as Q&As with speakers.