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Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology

Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM (AEST)


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TEDxChange is an event created out of a partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the TEDx program. It is an initiative devoted to ideas worth spreading in the areas of global health and development. 

TEDxQUTChange is an event hosted by the Queensland University of Technology in support of the TEDxChange team. The conference will consist of streaming videos of speakers at the TEDxChange event in Seattle, alongside live guest speakers. 


Theme: Positive Disruption

Disruption is usually unwelcome. It represents conflict, chaos, and potential danger. We discourage disruptive behavior in our homes and our societies, often favoring passivity and compliance.

But disruption can be a positive – sometimes vital – catalyst for change. It can challenge old assumptions, ignite conversations, activate authorities and expose new possibilities. Disruption can shed a unique light on difficult issues, giving a fresh urgency and perspective to the challenges of our global community.

To solve the most intractable challenges in health and development, we need positive disruption. It is the path to true progress.


Session 1 2pm – 4.30pm

2.00pm - 2.20pm Registration

2.20pm  2.25pm Welcome and Introduction 

Halimatou Hima: Investing in girls

Halimatou Hima is a Masters in Public Policy candidate at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Following an internship in the Women & Population Division at the United Nations Foundation, she worked in the Child Protection Division at the United Nations in her home country of Niger (UNICEF).

Live Speaker -  Felicity  Briody 

At the age of just 26, Felicity Briody, has been named in the AFR's top 100 Most Influential Women in Australia. Felicity is the co-founder of the Power of Engineering program, a not-for-profit organisation aiming to change the perception of engineering amongst female students, their teachers and parents, and the community in general. "All you need is to be passionate, imagine what is possible and get out there and share your ideas. You never know what will happen in the conversation or where it will lead," 

Packing birthing kits with Engineers Without Borders


Cathleen Kaveny: Religion, tradition, and modernity

Cathleen Kaveny is an American legal scholar and theologian. She is a John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Theology at Notre Dame Law School, and is currently a visiting professor at Princeton  University.

3.55pm – 4.30pm Afternoon tea


Session 2  5pm – 8pm

5.00pm - 5.20pm registration

5.20pm – 5.25pm Welcome and Introduction 

 Roger Thurow: Shifts in agriculture

Roger Thurow joined the Chicago Council in January 2010 after three decades at the Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he was a foreign correspondent based in Europe and Africa.

 live Speaker - details to come

 Salim Shekh and Sikha Patra: Vaccine advocates

We will show a trailer from the feature film Revolutionary Optimists, about how children are saving lives in the slums of Calcutta. We will then invite Salim and Sikha, two of the children featured prominently in the film, to join onstage for Q&A.  

Ten minute break and Cubeit

Julie Dixon: The value of influence

 Julie Dixon is the Deputy Director of Georgetown University's Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC) -  an academic initiative that examines the critical role of communication in fostering engagement in social change. 

Live Speaker - Manisha Senadeera

Manisha is an Electrical Engineering student at QUT and president of the QUT chapter of Engineerings Without Borders. As president, Manisha focuses on ensuring that all members within the chapter are provided with opportunities to learn and grow by being part of events and projects undertaken across the region. Manisha is extremely passionate about education and has been organising awareness events for students, such as Speaker Nights.

 7.20pm – 8.00pm Refreshments and Cubeit





When & Where

Queensland University of Technology - Science and Engineering Centre
2 George Street
Brisbane, QLD 4000

Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM (AEST)

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