Welcome to TEDxUQ 2023!

On behalf of the entire team, we would like to thank you for joining us today at our special tenth anniversary event. This year’s theme is: Small Ripples, Big Waves. The theme highlights that even when something seems small, it can have a resounding impact long into the future. Take TEDxUQ, for example… In 2013, we welcomed 6 speakers, who presented to an audience of 100 people. Today, we’ll be packing out the GHD Auditorium with you and 499 other attendees, and you’ll get to hear from 12 incredible speakers. Seize every opportunity today – you never know where a small idea or conversation will take you.

Ally, Maddie and YY
TEDxUQ 2023 Co-Directors

Timetable | Lunch Menu | Partners


9:00 – 9:45Registration
10:00 – 11:30Session 1Professor Daniel Franks
Jodi Ferrari
Associate Professor Gilbert Price
Professor Nancy Pachana
11:30 – 1:00Lunch
1:00 – 2:15Session 2Dr. Kathy Ellem & Donna Best
Dr. Chris Rinke
Dr. Claudia Benham
Sharlene Allsopp
2:15 – 3:15Afternoon Tea
3:15 – 4:30Session 3Dr. Brendan Walker-Munro
Rainasyia Zafira
Dr. Stan Steindl
4:30 – 6:30Post Event

Lunch Menu

Meal OptionIngredients
Nourish bowl (Chicken)Chargrilled chicken (hf), quinoa & brown rice, corn, cucumber, slaw, sweet potato with honey mustard dressing
Nourish bowl (Chickpeas)Roasted chickpeas, quinoa & brown rice, corn, cucumber, slaw sweet potato with Green Goddess dressing
Deli lunch box (Chicken and avo)Chicken, avocado, sundried tomatoes, spinach, Swiss cheese
Deli lunch box (Beef)Slow-cooked pulled beef & peri-peri slaw
Deli lunch box (Chickpea and avo)Moroccan spiced chickpeas, cucumber, smashed avo & alfalfa sprouts


The University of Queensland

The Queensland Commitment
The University of Queensland was founded in 1909 by – and for – the people of Queensland. More than a century later, we’ve become a leading global institution for teaching, learning and research, but that founding commitment to Queensland remains at the core of who we are and all that we do.

As the University of and for Queensland, we believe education and opportunity must be available for all Queenslanders.

Together, our goal is to break down the personal, financial and geographical barriers facing Queensland students aspiring to study at UQ by 2032.

UQ Union

The UQ Union is an organisation run by students, for students. As your representative body we exist to advocate for, support and entertain you. As long as you are a UQ Student you are automatically a member of the Union, with no joining fee attached. We provide Clubs and Societies, free and independent support services (SAS), the renowned Toga Party, 11 food and beverage outlets and the Collectives. We also run free breakfast and dinner programs, exam support and the Food Co-Op. As an independent body, UQU represents students on all important university committees to ensure your voice is heard on all university matters. We are here for YOU!

East Forged

East Forged is a new style of iced tea that is respectfully crafted by tea specialists, Kym Cooper and Tania Stacey. Made in Sydney at an independent craft brewery, they use cold brew methods and infuse the tea brew with creamy nitrogen bubbles to create a refreshing tea drink that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere.


MILKLAB offers a range of plant-based and dairy milks designed in collaboration with experts in the coffee industry to elevate the cafe coffee experience. MILKLAB milks complement the flavour of espresso-based coffee, offer a rich and creamy mouthfeel and texture and stretch like full cream dairy to produce the perfect pour.


Woofys bring brands to life through food and beverage – specialising in catering for brand activations, build your own event with our unique and fully customisable Woofys carts and bars.

Sally Prosser

Sally Prosser

Sally is a voice coach who’s helped our speakers deliver with impact on the red circle. After all, it’s not just what you say, but how you say it.


Basecamp is a web-based project management tool that helps teams increase accountability, communicate more efficiently, and keep everyone on the same page.


JACdigital is a co-curricular program within the School of Communication & Arts, providing work-integrated learning and professional development opportunities for journalism, arts and communications students.

Get Mentally Fit

Looking to activate your workforce? Get Mentally Fit is a boutique S.E Qld-based organizational psychology company that delivers customised mental wellbeing and performance solutions.


Australian Oriental Immigrants Association (AOIA) fosters multicultural engagement, promoting communication, diversity, and community integration for immigrants and international students. Enhancing cultural connections, professional growth, and public well-being.

City Winery Brisbane

City Winery Brisbane is a micro winery located in Fortitude Valley. We source grapes from Australia’s best growing regions and bring them back to Brisbane to make the most beautiful wines.

Common Ground Cellars

Local bottle shop in Saint Lucia, offering curated range with focus on local and independent producers. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Regular tastings. Space to connect socially.

Nice Coffee Co.

Red Octopus

Feanix Foundation