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Preparing for TEDxQUTChange

3 April 2013

The TEDxQUT team have been working very hard over the past few weeks in preparation for TEDxQUTChange, in support of TEDxChange. 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. The TEDxChange team works with TEDx organizers around the world to help facilitate meaningful discussions on topics including vaccines, polio, malaria, HIV/AIDS, maternal and newborn child health and agricultural development. The TEDxChange initiative also includes a global signature event convened by Melinda Gates and broadcast across the TEDx community.

This year TEDxChange will take place on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 9:00am PDT in Seattle, Washington and TED.com is providing a free live stream of TEDxChange in English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean and Arabic for viewership around the world. TEDxQUT is supporting the TEDxChange team by putting on our own conference, TEDxQUTChange in Brisbane, Australia, which will include both an almost live stream (due to time differences) of all TEDxChange speakers as well as live presentations from four renowned speakers from the QUT (Queensland University of Technology) community.

Themed Positive Disruption, TEDxChange 2013 and TEDxQUTChange speakers will challenge preconceived ideas, spark discussion, engage leaders and shed light on new perspectives.Our first speaker is QUT civil engineering graduate Felicity Briody, who at the tender age of 26 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. The next speaker is Stephen Hughes who has been a physics lecturer at QUT for 16 years. His current research interests are in physics and astrophysics education and the physics of siphons. Stephen is followed by another QUT researcher, Bulukani Mlalazi, who through an international collaboration with QUT’s Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities and the National Agricultural Research Organisation in Uganda is undertaking research to improve the nutritional value of staple banana varieties in East Africa. The day’s proceedings will then be rounded off by current QUT engineering student and president of the QUT chapter of Engineers Without Borders Manisha Senadeera.