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Celebrities to be beamed into Launceston’s HITLab

VisionSpace theatre Craig Reucassel from ABC TV’s The Chaser, Silverchair’s Daniel Johns, and a host of technology experts will be beamed live into the University of Tasmania’s HITLab this weekend as part of the Technology Entertainment and Design lecture series.

The group, known as TED, is a US-based not for profit organisation devoted to the promotion of what it calls “ideas worth spreading”.

Past speakers at TED lectures have included former US president Bill Clinton, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Sir Richard Branson and U2 frontman Bono.

Each has been challenged to “give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes”.

TedxSydney is an independently organised TED event that will be broadcast live on Youtube, as well as being hosted at satellite venues around the world on Saturday, May 28, from 9am.

HITLab senior tutor James Riggall said members of the public were welcome to attend the HITLab satellite event, which promised to be a fun day full of interesting new ideas.

The lectures would be displayed live in the HITLab’s impressive VisionSpace theatre, using multiple screens.

Along with several celebrity speakers, the event will also feature lectures from an anthropologist, a biomedical animator, a philosopher, a poet and a bird behaviourist.

“This is a pretty typical line-up for a TED event, they leap all over the place and touch on a lot of interesting ideas along the way,” Mr Riggall said.

“The speakers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have divergent interests.  

“The common thread is that they will all be talking about a topic that is close to their heart and about which they can be considered to be some kind of authority.  TED events offer something for everybody.”
The day will be broken up into four sessions, starting at 9am on Saturday, May 28, and more details can be found at

Published on: 27 May 2011 11:54am