The Final Countdown to TEDxRockhampton 2013

TEDxRockhampton is now less than a week away, and organisers are putting the final touches on what will be a fantastic program.

Capricorn Enterprise and Rockhampton Regional Council have thrown their support behind TEDxRockhampton and have come on board as event partners.

Less than 10 tickets remain, so if you want to be a part of the first ever TEDxRockhampton, join us by grabbing your ticket at

Joining Dr Sarah Jane Pell, Harvee Pene, Mick Alexander and Trudy Graham will be:

Professor Ian Atkinson

Professor Atkinson is a Tropical Leader and Director of the eResearch Centre at James Cook University. He spends his time working with researchers to harness the power of the ever-changing technologies available to them, and will be discussing how Regional Queensland can harness the digital frontier.

Robert Schwarten

Robert Schwarten is a well-known local personality, having represented the region as Member for Rockhampton for nearly 17 years. While he has retired from politics, he is by no means any less interested in the subject, and will be sharing with TEDxRockhampton where modern democratic policies are headed.

Loretta George

Loretta is a local psychologist, working for Queensland Health and running her own private practice. She describes herself as an advocate born in Darumbal country from Australian Lebanese ancestors. Loretta will be entertaining us with her talk entitled ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?’

Ken Leslie

Ken is a Rockhampton-based artist and primary school teacher. He is passionate about education and believes it creates intelligent and responsible citizens. Ken’s work as an artist has influenced his talk, and he will be asking TEDxRockhampton if we should fill our schools with art.

If you aren’t able to make it to the event, register to stay up to date with all the latest plottings via our social media channels – and Our website at will feature live blogs from the event, and the completed TEDx Talks to share with the world.

TEDx Rockhampton is fast approaching

There’s just over a month to go until the first ever TEDxRockhampton event kicks off, and the organising team are putting the finishing touches on what will be a marvellous line-up of speakers.

Attendees at the event on May 25th will hear from an internationally acclaimed TED Fellow, a grazier and rural educator, a Gen Y advocate and dreamer, local business identities, and a trailblazing teacher – to name a few.

Sarah Jane Pell

Sarah Jane Pell is an artist, researcher and diver, and one of only two Australian TED Fellows. Sarah will be exploring underwater interactions and extreme spaces – what the future of extreme sports and arts may look like.

Mick Alexander

Mick Alexander is a pasture and grazing specialist who works within the Queensland and New South Wales agricultural industry. He is passionate about grazing and farming best practices, and will be speaking about how healthy soil relates to healthy humans – how farmers and agriculture are a solution for the future.

Harvee Pene

When local QLD Mastermind group founder Harvee “HP” Pene found himself (in true Gen Y style) too impatient and lazy to work hard and wait for the future he wanted, he made a fascinating discovery for how to Be, Do and Have anything you want!

Trudy Graham

Local educator Trudy Graham believes that kids can do amazing things – if you keep it real. Trudy will be sharing from her experiences as a principal and cheerleader for the younger generation by way of the Fingerprint Projects.

Further speakers will be announced in the coming weeks – so stay tuned! All speaker information and bios are available on the event website at


TEDxRockhampton is also proud to announce CQUniversity’s Rockhampton campus as the venue for their event.

Room 1.28 of Building 32 in the University’s Arts & Humanities precinct will be host to 100 of Central Queensland’s best and brightest as they take A Glimpse into the Future.

TEDxRockhampton Curator Treassa Joseph says the support of CQUniversity has really helped the event get off the ground.

“CQUniversity has been very generous in their support from Day 1, and we know they are as committed to the future of Central Queensland as we are.”

There are less than 20 attendee places left – so if you want to be a part of TEDxRockhampton 2013, make sure you don’t miss out by registering.

You can nominate yourself to attend at, and register to stay up to date with all the latest plottings via our social media channels – and

Morning Bulletin Coverage

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