TEDxYouth Sydney

TEDxYouth@Sydney was held in the Sydney Opera House in 2015 & 2016. The event was made by young people, for young people–for young change makers, thinkers, innovators, activists, entrepreneurs, and go-getters between the ages of 16 and 26. It took place simultaneously with the main TEDxSydney event, with crossovers to speakers and activities throughout the day.

Nerida was a member of the curatorial team for TEDxYouth Sydney 2015/16 and worked with Abdul Abdullah and Amrita Hepi to develop their talks.



2015 & 2016


Edwina Throsby

Anna Burns

Heidi Pett

Jenny Anagnostópoulos

Andy Huang

Alice Gage

Salvatore Aljaidi

Natalie Chandra

Amrita Hepi

To be a Dood Dancer, Don’t Give a F**k

Amrita Hepi is an award winning first nations choreographer and dancer from from Bundjulung (Aus) and Ngapuhi (NZ) territories. Her mission as an artist is to push the barriers of intersectionality and make work that garners multiple access points through allegories. Her practice at present is interested in probing ideas of authenticity, the perpetuation of culture, tradition, and a ‘decolonial imagination’  – and questioning where this now resides.

Abdul Abdullah

Combating prejudice with art

Abdul Abdullah is an artist from Perth, currently based in Sydney, who works across painting, photography, video, installation and performance. As a self described ‘outsider amongst outsiders’, his practice is primarily concerned with the experience of the ‘other’ in society. Abdullah’s projects have engaged with different marginalized minority groups and he is particularly interested in the experience of young Muslims in the contemporary multicultural Australian context. Through these processes and explorations Abdullah extrapolates this outlook to an examination of universal aspects of human nature.