Coming to TEDxMackay? Seven things you should know!

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We’re so happy that you’re joining us for our TEDxMackay event, Saturdaay November 4, at CQ University. The doors will open at 8:30am and we plan to start promptly at 9:00am. CQUniversity, Mackay Ooralea campus is located on  Boundary Road, Ooralea QLS 4740.

Interaction with presenters and conversation during the break and after the event is highly encouraged! We want you to be able to put the ideas you learn about at TEDxMackay into action! Swap business cards, share contact information, and take this great opportunity to learn from our presenters and from each other.

So prepare to be inspired, we can’t wait to see you at TEDxMackay 2017!

1. Come early
To make the best out of your TEDxMackay experience you should take the time to come early and mingle with fellow visitors. Find out what interesting stories others have to share and connect with people you may not have met anywhere else. Coffee and tea are available. We open up the registration desk at 8.30 and would like everyone seated by 9.00 AM. When the show starts we will close the doors for quite a while.

2. Need our help with Special Needs??
We like to think we’re all alike in our diversity. Some of us actually do need individual assistance. In order to prepare the food, drinks & hall arrangement, please let Courtney know if you any special needs that we need to know to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
The food will be fully vegetarian. If you suffer from allergies like lactose intolerance or peanut allergy, please let Courtney know so we can take this into account for the catering.

3. Xperience Alley
If you arrive early, we highly encourage you to visit the Xperience Ally in the Foyer, TEDxMackay’s Xperience Alley showcases some of Mackay’s most engaging companies and individuals, exhibiting ideas of tomorrow to the community today.

4. Giving is all we have. What will you bring?
Some TEDx events are well known for their gift bags. But this year, we want to give something more meaningful, which needs your help to succeed. Mad scientists prove: There’s one thing that makes us happier than receiving a great gift. And that is giving one to others. So this year, we’re asking each attendee to purchase a pair of TEDx Earrings from the stomping Elephant stall, earring will be $5.00 and all proceeds will be donated to Mackay Hospital Foumdation.
Together with the great team of Stomping Elephants we can make a difference to the lives of locals in Mackay who rely on the support of our community for care in their time of greatest need.

Don’t worry…our fabulous supporters at BB Print have made a little gift for you to take with you, as we feel good when we give too!

5. Look smart, be comfortable
We don’t do dress codes. But we have video cameras, a photographer and possibly 100 social media savvy snapshot addicts around. So look comfortably ready to take on the world!.

6. Devices? No. Social media? Yes.
Important: we do not allow laptops, iPads, cameras and flash photography in the main conference room – think of TEDxMackay as a theater performance. We want your full attention! Of course you are welcome to use your devices in the foyers and we encourage you to share the event experience in break times. Feel free to post and tweet about the event throughout the day

7. Reserve a restaurant and share a meal
This is the perfect way to end the event: TEDxMackay is offering you a chance to network over lunch. After the event, you can join other TEDxMackay delegates for lunch at Botanic Gardens Cafe (at your own costs). Delegates will be seated together.

For twitter, video and photo tags please use #TEDxMackay as the campaign behind the ideas.


Tickets available now.

Our TEDxMackay audience is part of our community. Your engagement and participation is just as important as our speakers and performers!

DATE: Saturday 4 November
TIME: 8.30am – 1pm
VENUE: QLD University
COST: $38 (includes entry to all talks
and entertainment plus morning tea,
and networking)


There are limited number of tickets so book early to avoid disappointment.


We Welcome Our Partners for 2017

1Our  approach to partnerships is one that is driven by the global TED team, who require partners to reach beyond the industry staples of logo placement and trade-show style booths. Partnerships at TEDxMackay are ideas driven, multi-layered and strategic and we know this approach will ensure our community is given the best experience possible.

For 2017 we welcome the amazing and locally committed brands to engage with our community. With their support our team to can to dream big.

The TEDxMackay 2017 partner lineup includes:


TEDxMackay will be a half day event that blends talks, music performances and networking. As well as the main onstage program , all of the talks will be streamed on the TEDxMackaywebsite and available to view online after the event.