Seven Brisbane residents will share their inspirational stories at this weekend’s TEDx SouthBank event.

Part of the popular global series of TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks that have attracted over one billion views worldwide, this weekend’s TEDx SouthBank conference will welcome 14 keynote speakers — half of them from Brisbane — to expand on this year’s theme, ‘Challenge Accepted’.

“We have a fantastic mix of people who have accepted a challenge,” says TEDx SouthBank licensee and curator Juanita Wheeler. “Some of these are people who, instead of saying, ‘Hey, someone should do something about that’, have said, ‘I’m going to do something about that’.

“There are also speakers who are currently facing challenges, and then there are speakers who are going to lay down challenges for all of us in the audience.”

Brisbane speakers at this year’s event include:

  • Corey Allen, who journeyed from homelessness to his current role as Officer in Charge at Queensland’s busiest police station;
  • Dr Scott Bolland, who believes in using artificial intelligence in education and unlocking human potential;
  • Amanda Bradley, a leader in the not-for-profit and public health sectors;
  • Lee Crockford, CEO of Spur Projects, working in the area of men’s mental health and suicide prevention;
  • JM Donellan, a musician who fended off a pack of rabid dogs with a guitar in the mountains of India;
  • Lara Nobel, who co-founded a company to produce ‘tiny houses’;
  • Karyn Walsh, the CEO of Micah Projects and Director of the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness.

TEDx SouthBank takes place this Saturday 27 February at The State Library of Queensland. All tickets to the conference have already been allocated, but it will be live streamed, allowing anyone to watch the talks and get inspired.

For the first time in Queensland, the talks will be interpreted and streamed in Auslan, improving access for the deaf community.

“[Live streaming] was an initiative that was started last year and we are continuing this year,” Juanita says.

“It’s really so easy and it means that anyone — schools, businesses, or just some friends — can get together and watch the talks as they happen.”

To live stream any of the talks, visit on Saturday 27 February.