Amanda Cavalcanti (CRCT) with Dancing games at The J in Noosa for TEDx, which is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Amanda Cavalcanti (CRCT) with Dancing games at The J in Noosa for TEDx, which is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily john mccutcheon

WATCH NOW: TEDxNoosa festival of ideas

AMANDA Cavalacanti's long plaits flicked about as she conducted serious research with her dancing shoes on.  

With the assistance of a Sunshine Coast University scholarship, the Brazilian student was showing off the practicalities of her PhD topic researching the effect of dance videos on mental health at Noosa's third annual TEDx event.  

Amanda was among a host of lateral thinkers including card sharp magicians, student entrepreneurs of virtual reality and creative technologists who were knowledge sharing in the one day session held at the J, Noosa Junction.  

The event showcased 16 speakers presenting on various topics around this year's theme "Land's Edge, a topic that celebrates liminalty to the point at which different ideas converge and come together to form something new" to a sold-out audience of 350 people.  

A palpable excitement rippled through the crowd as speaker after speaker related investigations that portrayed fresh world insights and everyone seemed to be looking forward to the 4pm live Skype with one of the most well-known conservationists of our time, Sea Shepard Captain, Paul Watson.  

EARLIER:

THIS morning Ted O'Brien was the first to take to the stage at TEDxNoosa, a day-long festival of great ideas.

It's the third year Noosa has hosted the series of short inspirational talks, which explore the convergence of technology, entertainment and design.

TEDxNoosa communications coordinator Jarna Baudinette said The J at Noosa Junction was buzzing with "lots of fascinating people…both on stage and in the audience".  

The event kicked off at 9am with a welcome to country by Gubbi Gubbi man Kerry Neill.

Ms Baudinette said Mr O'Brien's talk focused on youth unemployment.

"(He) talked about Generation Innovation as a new model of civil society," she said.

"It ended with a call to action for a new form of community leadership.

"He called for community leaders to step forward and help solve problems like youth unemployment."

TEDxNoosa's first speaker was Generation Innovation founder Ted O'Brien. The festival of ideas will continue through today, Friday May 29. PHOTO: Sarah Keayes
TEDxNoosa's first speaker was Generation Innovation founder Ted O'Brien. The festival of ideas will continue through today, Friday May 29. PHOTO: Sarah Keayes
 

If you missed out on tickets for TEDxNoosa, check out the speakers live streamed here.

PROGRAM

9:30am - 10.30am  

  • Ted O'Brien
  • Stephanie Moroz
  • Jim Gall
  • Josh Jensen

11.15am - 12.45pm 

  • Louise King
  • Chris Eigeland
  • Bianca Beetson
  • John Cantor

1.45pm - 3.00pm 

  • Donna Brien
  • Sally Hookey
  • Peter Pollard
  • Mic Black

3.40pm - 5.00pm 

  • Sea Shepherd captain Paul Watson (Live via Skype)
  • Jess Abraham
  • Ryan Delaney
  • Karen Gibbs


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