Lara Nobel of West End, co founder of a company that produces what is known as tiny houses, will be one of seven Brisbane speakers at the 2016 TEDx South Bank event on Saturday February 27. 

This year, the State Library of Queensland will once again host the event, which will invite fourteen speakers to comment on the 2016, Challenge Accepted.

Lara knows all about challenges. When she found herself at the bottom rung of the housing market, she immediately started brainstorming alternatives. Her desire to change the world for the better lead her to travel the world, studying urban design solutions in Berlin, micro housing in Tokyo and alternative housing in Portland.

Lara took her new found knowledge and brought it back home to Australia. Now, she is currently developing a new type of compact housing, and has co-founded a company that will produce tiny houses.

To be able to put her best foot forward on this adventure, Lara completed a Masters in Architecture and is in her final year of a carpentry apprenticeship that has allowed her to gain some hands-on experience. In 2015, Lara won Apprentice of the Year.

The remaining six Brisbane speakers have all been successful in their own right, with each one having faced many challenges in their lifetimes. TEDx South Bank licensee and curator Juanita Wheeler is excited for what each speaker can bring to the table.

According to Juanita, some of the speakers are people who, instead of saying that someone else should do something about a problem, have said that they are the ones who will make the first move. 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.

The audience for this event has been finalised, with each person hand picked by Juanita. The audience has in fact been curated, according to her, as they virtually hand pick the audience based on the questionnaire completed online. For Juanita, it is important to the success of the event to fill the room with a particular kind of energy.

If you were unsuccessful in your bid to attend, the event will be live streamed. To find out more about the event, visit the TEDx South Bank website.

Words by Emma Johnson
Image supplied by Ruby Public Relations