2019 SPEAKERS

As we announce our speakers for 2019, they will appear here.

2019 SPEAKERS

STACY SIMS

STACY SIMS

Stacy Sims is a question-asker and boat rocker (disruptor) when it comes to human performance and physiology.

She has asked the questions her academic predecessors said were too difficult to answer and gone after those answers.

Stacy has been widely recognized as a visionary for her thought leadership across the sports performance industry and will leave our audience with new insights into how to better understand themselves and biohack their routines for better performance.

LEO MURRAY

LEO MURRAY

Changemaker and thought leader, Leo Murray, cares deeply about the survival of our species and our planet.

Catalysing a necessary paradigm shift for people to make changes out of love for the natural world rather than fear of what they stand to lose.

Specialising in regenerative sustainability, behaviour change and civil disobedience, Leo’s company Why Waste is reducing negatives impacts through waste minimisation.

Local to Tauranga Moana, this conscious activist is seeking to improve the current system by co-creating a new story for humanity.

NICK BOWERS

NICK BOWERS

Nick Bowers’ is an American entrepreneur, designer, and creator whose drone design helped Emirates Team New Zealand win the 36th America’s Cup.

Underneath it all, he is a dreamer.

From building wood boats and airplanes as a child, to his current positions as Lead Designer at Periscope Aerospace and CEO of Kodiak Aerospace & Founder of Kettle Cinema, the secrets behind his revolutionary drone designs might surprise, and will certainly inspire.

KAT CLARK

KAT CLARK

Adopted from Russia as a young child and overcoming adversity as a teenager, Katerina (Kat) Clark was motivated to make a difference for other young people in the Bay of Plenty.

Kat established Tauranga Pryde and continues to provide ongoing support as a student advocate at the University of Waikato.

In recognition of Kat’s work on behalf of the LGBTQ community she was presented with two Youth Week awards and is a Local Hero New Zealander of the Year.

JAMES RUSSELL

JAMES RUSSELL

Meet James Russell: rat trapper and a world leading island conservationist.

James’ work brings together a variety of scientific methods to solve contemporary conservation problems, and he is currently on a quest to eradicate introduced mammal predators from all of New Zealand. More recently, James has been researching the social implications of pest control and the dynamics between humans and conservation.

Dr Russell is an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland and Strategic Advisor to the Predator Free NZ Trust.

ROB WEINKOVE

ROB WEINKOVE

Dr Robert Weinkove is Clinical Director of the Malaghan Institute, a biomedical research institute in Wellington, NZ.

Rob is a blood specialist researching a cutting edge, personalised, cancer treatment known as Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. CAR T- cell therapy is a treatment, which involves taking a patient’s own immune cells, reprogramming them and returning them back to the patient to fight the cancer.

Rob and his team are developing a clinical trial to evaluate a “third generation” CAR T-cell therapy.  He hopes that this will present a paradigm shift for treatment of lymphoma, and possibly for other cancers, in the future.

KATHRYN BERKETT

KATHRYN BERKETT

Mother to two adolescent children, Kathryn has dedicated 22 years to understanding how extreme trauma impacts the developing brain. Holding a Masters in Educational Psychology and certification as a Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics Practitioner, she now uses her skills to train others and to develop interventions that assist reparation of the physical and psychological aspects of impacted brains.

Armed with the knowledge that trauma can have huge emotional, behavioural and physical outcomes, Kathryn is passionate about sharing information with the wider community through her work.

ALEX HOTERE-BARNES

ALEX HOTERE-BARNES

Alex is a Pākehā product of the Kaupapa Māori educational movement. He works closely with teachers, school leaders and community members to help create relationships that are culturally and socially just.

As an educator and researcher with affiliations to Mātaatua, Tainui and Te Tai Tokerau areas, he is fascinated by what supports and gets in the way of mutually advantageous relationships between Tāngata whenua and Non-Māori. Alex is interested in bilingual schooling, philosophy, hip hop, tikanga Māori revitalisation, and having a laugh!

OLLY HILLS

OLLY HILLS

Olly Hills is a 12-year-old entomologist from Hamilton who wrote a field guide to the New Zealand cicadas when he was just 10 years old. He has appeared in a season of “Fanimals” television shows on TV2 in a special segment called “Bugs with Olly” and was an invited speaker at the 2018 Entomological Society of New Zealand conference. Olly has an infectious love of all insects and nature that he loves to share with others.

DANIELLE APPLETON

DANIELLE APPLETON

Danielle Appleton is helping emerging food technology companies carve out a better future for Aotearoa New Zealand. Danielle used a decade of experience improving processes in the dairy industry to co-found dairy and alternative-dairy startups KiaOra Milk and Evolution Meadows. She currently works out of Level Two Innovation Hub, NZ’s most successful deep-tech incubator, and is incredibly passionate about the Future of Food. She’s pushing NZ to adopt new food technologies, but not for the reasons you might think.

FUTURE SPEAKERS

WE'RE TAKING NOMINATIONS / APPLICATIONS

Do you think you have an idea worth spreading on the TEDxTauranga stage?

Do you know someone who would make an amazing TEDx speaker?

TED’s founding topics are Technology, Entertainment and Design.

Since starting, TED has grown to encompass more than 100 different subjects.

We put approximately 100 potential speakers through a 5 step process to get to approximately 10 speakers on stage.

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OUR 5 STEP PROCESS

1. We receive an application / nomination as a potential speaker

  • We do our initial research and determine if we will progress this person through to stage #2
  • We have approximately 100 potential speakers at this level

2. A one-on-one phone interview to determine the “idea worth spreading”

  • We have approximately 80 potential speakers at this level

3. An in-person, or Skype, interview with 3 of the TEDxTauranga team

  • We have approximately 40 potential speakers at this level

4. An invitation to create an in-person draft talk for the larger TEDxTauranga team

  • We have approximately 20 potential speakers at this level
  • Training / coaching is provided

5. An invitation to be on the TEDxTauranga stage

  • We have approximately 10 speakers on stage
  • Training / coaching is provided