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  • Announcing Our Third Round of Speakers and After Party Details


    With only five weeks remaining until TEDxToronto 2014, we are thrilled to unveil another round of speakers for our sixth annual conference, and to share details about the official TEDxToronto After Party.

    This group of speakers includes a cosmologist who spent a year operating the South Pole Telescope; an entrepreneur who is changing the way the hearing impaired relate to the world; a female comedian who is using humour to reframe the way we approach diversity; and a twenty-six-year-old activist changing the way at-risk communities interact with police.

    Keith Vanderlinde
    Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto

    Tarik Sayeed
    Founder, BabyTaxi


    Jamil Jivani
    Founder, Policing Literacy Initiative


    Sabrina Jalees


    This diverse group of speakers and demonstrators will take the stage on October 2, 2014, along with Rachel Parent, Dr. Margot Taylor, John Cruickshank, Nav Bhatia, David Fleet, Adam van Koeverden, Colin Boyd Shafer, Choir! Choir! Choir! and others, who will be announced shortly.

    If you’d like to participate in the magic of TEDxToronto 2014, join us as a member of our audience by applying here before September 4, at 11:59 p.m. ET. You only have a week left to get your applications in, so please make sure you do so today!

    We are also very excited to share details about the official TEDxToronto After Party — “The Pursuit of Greatness” — which will take place following the conference on October 2. In addition to the opportunity to connect with our incredible speakers, performers and demonstrators, guests can expect an evening filled with entertainment and surprises influenced by The Great Gatsby.

    Our official After Party will take place at CUBE, located near Queen St. W. and Spadina Ave. We hope that you’ll join us to celebrate an unforgettable TEDxToronto experience. More After Party details will be available in the coming weeks.

    We hope to see you at TEDxToronto 2014!

    All the best,
    The TEDxToronto Organizing Committee

  • TEDxToronto Street Team at Regent Park Film Festival


    It’s been a busy summer thus far for the TEDxToronto Street Team! They’ve been spreading the word at events in every corner of the city, encouraging people to apply to attend our 2014 conference before September 4th.

    Tomorrow evening, members of our Street Team will be onsite at Under The Stars, Regent Park Film Festival’s outdoor screening series. Join us as we watch Made in America, a full-length documentary starring Jay-Z and Ron Howard.

    Tomorrow marks the final Under The Stars event of the summer, and we’re excited to be a part of the celebration! Make sure you arrive early to meet the TEDxToronto Street Team and to hear some great tunes courtesy of DJ L’Oqenz before the film.

    In addition to handing out stickers and info cards at this event, our Street Team will be screening a brief video from one of our amazing TEDxToronto 2014 speakers before the film.

    Applications to attend our 2014 conference (taking place on October 2nd) will close on September 4th, so make sure you get yours in as soon as possible!

    We hope that you’ll join us tomorrow evening for a movie under the stars in Regent Park! Join the TEDxToronto Street Team and say hello.

    Under The Stars Details

    When: Wednesday, August 20th. DJ L’Oqenz will be spinning at 7:30 and the film will start at sundown around 9PM.

    Where: Regent Park, directly across from Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St. East).

    Rain Plan: In the event that it rains before or during Under The Stars, the event will move into Ada Slaight Hall on the main floor of Daniels Spectrum.

    Refreshments: Popcorn & pop will be sold. All proceeds go towards ensuring that Regent Park Film Festival remains free.

    Bring: Sweaters and blankets.

    Cost: Free to attend!



  • We’re Thrilled to Announce Our Second Round of Speakers

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    Every sport needs fans, and this year’s TEDxToronto conference has both a world-class athlete and a “superfan” on the roster.

    Olympic and World Champion Adam van Koeverden will discuss athletic drive at this year’s conference, while Raptors’ die-hard fan Nav Bhatia will weigh in on how his love of sport helps unite communities. Computer science professor David Fleet brings to life the possibility of machines who see and think, while photographer Colin Boyd Shafer encourages us to rethink the immigrant experience in Toronto through his viewfinder.

    These four speakers join Dr. Margot Taylor, Rachel Parent, and John Cruickshank, along with performers Choir! Choir! Choir!, who were announced earlier this summer.

    We are thrilled to introduce to you our second round of speakers for TEDxToronto 2014:

    Nav Bhatia
    Raptors Superfan

    David Fleet
    Professor, Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough

    Adam van Koeverden
    Olympic and World Champion, Sprint Kayaking


    Colin Boyd Shafer
    Photographer, Cosmopolis Toronto


    Hundreds of applications to attend the conference have already poured in from across the city, but there is still time to apply. Join us in person on October 2, 2014, at the Royal Conservatory of Music to see these inspiring speakers and others at our sixth annual conference.

    Apply here to be part of this incredible day. Please note that delegate applications will close on Thursday, September 4, at 11:59 p.m. And remember, delegates are selected based on a process that considers only the information provided on the application form, so make it count!

    We will soon be announcing additional speakers and performers, as well as exciting details about our official satellite live stream and after party.

    We look forward to sharing further news with you about TEDxToronto 2014, and we hope to see you there!

    The TEDxToronto Organizing Committee

  • Introducing the TEDxToronto Street Team



    In our sixth year, TEDxToronto has become the largest TEDx event in Canada. We’ve grown from a 120 person conference at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille in 2009, to now welcoming 1,000 delegates to join us at the the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall for TEDxToronto 2014. Talks from our past conferences have garnered thousands of views worldwide, and a number of TEDxToronto talks have made it into the spotlight on TED.com. So we asked ourselves- how do we continue to spread the TED and TEDx message to an even greater number of Torontonians?

    Enter the TEDxToronto Street Team.

    The newly formed Street Team is tasked with introducing TED and TEDxToronto to new audiences across the city. Not only do we hope to encourage more people to apply to attend TEDxToronto as delegates, but we aim to inspire those who’ve perhaps never heard of TED to explore the vast library of TED and TEDx talks that exist online. If we can extend the reach and impact of ideas worth spreading in Toronto and beyond, the possibilities for positive change and innovation are endless.

    You’ll see the TEDxToronto Street Team at a number of events and festivals this summer. They’ll be handing out info cards and stickers, hanging posters and chatting with anyone and everyone about TEDxToronto. If you see the Street Team in your neighborhood, introduce yourself! They’re eager to meet TED and and TEDxToronto fans from all walks of life.

    Tomorrow evening, members of the Street Team will be onsite at Open Roof Festival as we proudly co-present the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. Join us as we watch the film and a musical performance under the stars at 99 Sudbury, and say hello to the Street Team who can answer any questions you may have about TEDxToronto. We hope to see you there!

    And don’t forget, applications to attend TEDxToronto 2014 on October 2nd are now open! Apply today and join us for an unforgettable day of transformative talks from some of Toronto’s greatest thinkers and changemakers.







  • TEDxToronto 2014 Announces First Round of Speakers and Delegate Applications Open


    In its sixth year, TEDxToronto continues to be a platform for the sharing of exceptional ideas. Our 2014 conference will feature 12 thought-provoking talks, 2 fascinating tech demos and 3 awe-inspiring performances from some of Toronto’s greatest thinkers and changemakers.

    We are thrilled to announce our first round of speakers and performers who will take the stage on October 2nd, 2014, at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

    One of our speakers is an esteemed newspaper publisher; one is a fifteen-year-old activist fighting for GMO labelling in Canada; one is a functional neuroimaging and diagnostic brain imaging specialist, and our first performers are a no-commitment choir that have become a city-wide phenomenon. They each have wide-reaching and real impact on individuals and communities in Toronto and beyond.

    We’d like to invite you to apply to take part in this unforgettable day as a member of our audience. Please join us on October 2 as our stellar lineup of speakers and performers explores the theme of ‘Relentless Pursuits,’ and share in a transformative experience with one thousand passionate Torontonians from a breadth of communities, organizations and backgrounds.

    Please note that delegate applications will close on Thursday, September 4, at 11:59 p.m.


    John Cruickshank
    Publisher, Toronto Star
    President, Star Media Group

    Rachel Parent
    Founder, Kids Right To Know

    Dr. Margot Taylor
    Director of Functional Neuroimaging, Diagnostic Imaging, Hospital for Sick Children



    Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman, Founders, Choir!Choir!Choir!


    We will soon be announcing additional speakers and performers, as well as exciting details about our official satellite live stream, viewing parties and after party.

    We look forward to sharing further news with you about TEDxToronto 2014, and we hope to see you there!

    The TEDxToronto Organizing Committee