TEDxBrisbane

I attended the 2nd TEDxBrisbane conference at the State Library on Saturday. It was another great day full of (mostly) inspiring talks across a pretty wide range of subjects.

Whilst these might be a little ‘off topic’ for this blog, I thought I’d share some of the talks I found particularly good.

  • Most on topic was probably Matthew Thompson‘s three minute talk on fingerprint analysis research. Essentially he is working on improving the accuracy of fingerprint matching, thus reducing wrongful convictions.
  • Gordon Hamilton, the Director of the Australian Voices choir,  gave a fantastic talk about using social media as an aid in the production of music performed by the choir, including such delights as Toy Story 3 = Awesome, with lyrics made entirely from Facebook updates.
  • Continuing on the musical theme, Linsey Pollak showed how easy it is to make a musical instrument from household oddments. If you want to know how to make a clarinet out of a carrot, Linsey is your man!
  • Cathy Henkel, director of the documentary The Burning Season, told us about work to prevent deforestation in Borneo, the organisation Deforest Action. Its projects include Earthwatchers, which allows students to monitor satellite images of the forest and alert authorities to any suspicious activity.
  • And finally, there was Brisbane teacher Jean Madden and her Streetswags. To date Jean has provided her portable beds to over 18,500 thousand homeless people around Australia. Visit the site for details of how to help.

All in all a great day, and I even met a few librarians. I’m very much looking forward to the next one, which will hopefully be in 2012, perhaps we’ll see a few more librarians there too?

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