Ideas Worth Spreading

JAK Creative partnered with the incredible team from TEDxMelbourne for our second year to help bring their theme of ‘Adventurous Minds’ to life at MCEC. This year JAK focused our designs around the food stations. Inspiration for our creations wasn’t too hard to find, surrounded by this much talent!

The food was pretty damn special this year because each ‪TedxMelbourne attendee was taken on a ‘journey’ through the multicultural streets of Melbourne for a grazing style lunch curated by our city’s most influential chefs: Guy Grossi, Scott Pickett and Andrew McConnell, plus MCEC’s own Peter Haycroft. Capturing the philosophy of #AdventurousMinds and how each chef embodies adventure in their approach to their cuisine took TEDxMelbourne 2016 to a whole new level!

We combined elements of the streets of Melbourne with inspirational quotes from each chef. Delegates were able to learn more about the food and philosophy of the menu whilst being served their lunch by the chefs themselves. It was an incredibly unique experience. And one the guests absolutely LOVED.

We have created a gallery of images of our food station activations and favourite moments from this year’s event for you to view on our Facebook page here.

TEDx@MCEC - Scott Picket Crate Set Up

Adventurous Minds

TEDxMelbourne 2016 is about ideas that blaze trails and spark new concepts. It’s about pushing boundaries to imagine future possibilities. It’s about resilience, reflection and recognition.

We’ll discover how some of our speakers challenged the status quo and pursued paths that others wouldn’t dare venture down. And where those paths have ultimately led them today.

Together we’ll relive the greatest fears and breath-taking achievements of our speakers. Some have battled under the spotlight whilst others have trodden their paths under absolute anonymity. Yet all are united in their quest to make a difference.

We hope you will join us at TEDxMelbourne 2016 as we pay homage to the adventurous mind that lives within each and every one of us.

Cool and inspirational video here 🙂

About TEDx, x = independently organised event

Did you know TEDxMelbourne is an independently organised TED-like experience under license from Like TED, TEDxMelbourne is about ideas worth sharing. At our TEDxMelbourne events, live speakers, performers, and the famous TED Talks videos combine to spark deep discussion and connection.

TEDxMelbourne is run by a team of committed volunteers, each offering their time, professional expertise and enthusiasm to produce inspiring TEDxMelbourne events. These guy are incredible and work tirelessly each year because they believe in the TED brand and bringing the TED values and experience to the world.


History of TED

TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives.

TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

At JAK we love the TED app for regular inspiration on the go. It’s the perfect activity (apart from Instagram) to keep us entertained whilst waiting for a bump out!


There is so much to say about this incredible event that we could, and probably should make this post a multi post story. The speakers themselves were so inspiring and remarkable they deserve to be talked about individually. Our personal favourites for this year’s bill were:

Dr Agustin Chevez – Architect and academic discovering how work shapes our existence

Jules Allen – Youth whisperer, earth mother and crusader for child protection and adoption reform

Sam Doust – Writer, creative director, 70s kid and original digital native

Steve Vamos – Twice named one of the top 5 most influential members of the Australian technology industry by Australian Financial Review, Steve Vamos helped change our tech landscape forever.

Travis Bell – The Bucket List Guy … encouraging others to live outside the box.

See you next year! XXX


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