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  • TEDxToronto 2015 Announces First Round of Speakers

    • July 23, 2015
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    With three months to conference day, we are thrilled to announce our first round of speakers for TEDxToronto 2015. From a young pioneer in Architecture and Design, to Canada’s Research Chair in Tissue Engineering, and an entrepreneur who has been involved in some of the country’s most successful start-ups – they have each made a significant impact here in Toronto and beyond.


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  • Applications to Attend TEDxToronto 2015 Are Now Open!

    • July 14, 2015
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    TEDxToronto 2015

    October 22nd
    Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music
    273 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W2

    On October 22nd, TEDxToronto will gather the city’s most intriguing innovators, creators, connectors and influencers to take part in our 2015 thought-provoking conference. The theme for this year’s conference is Thresholds.

    Each year, TEDxToronto welcomes over 1,000 delegates for a full day of captivating talks, impressive demonstrations, exceptional performances – and above all, an opportunity to be inspired by fascinating people and bold ideas.

    Now in its seventh year, TEDxToronto continues to seek passionate delegates from a number of diverse communities, organizations and backgrounds – and, to build an audience that is curious, open-minded and eager to spread ideas beyond the conference walls.

    We would like to invite you to apply to participate as a delegate and valued member of our audience.


  • What Makes a Strong TEDxToronto Delegate Application?

    • July 13, 2015
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    TEDxToronto 2014 Audience

    SPECIAL CONTRIBUTORS: Negin Sairafi & Matt Ryan, Co-Chairs – TEDxToronto 2015

    The TEDxToronto conference is a unique full-day experience that brings together fascinating speakers, impressive performers and an audience that is passionate about our platform for “Ideas Worth Spreading”.

    We are hosting our 7th annual TEDxToronto conference on October 22nd at Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music, before an audience of over 1,000 delegates who will be carefully selected by our organizing committee. The application process is designed to help us identify a diverse group of individuals who will contribute to the dialogue within and beyond the conference itself. We receive thousands of applications, and search for those who will help amplify the ideas and conversations across their own networks.

    What we look for is not as simple as one basic characteristic, demographic, or industry – but a balance of perspectives and attributes to create an ever-evolving audience. We seek out change-makers, people making a difference in the world, and those who are engaged among action-oriented people.


  • My Journey With TEDxToronto

    • June 18, 2015
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    SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR: Drew Dudley, Past Speaker & Conference Host of TEDxToronto

    Hours before my first TEDxToronto talk in 2010, I destroyed my only decent pair of shoes. A few weeks earlier I had quit my job, and sunk every penny I had (and that VISA would allow me to pretend to have) into my start-up. So, when the heel tore off my left shoe, I didn’t have much of a choice – I found a stapler and MacGyver’d up the best solution I could.

    My students in the Leadership Program at the University of Toronto had pushed me into applying to be a speaker. I resisted, intimidated by those three big red letters. I told them that TED stages were for the “big timers”, and I was, after all, just “a part-time speaker”.

    Ironically, I had also told them that I would never accept them using the word “just” to describe themselves. “Every time you say you’re ‘just’ something, you give everyone, including yourself, permission to expect less from you,” I said. They were quick to remind me of that.


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  • How Are Speakers Selected For TEDxToronto?

    • May 27, 2015
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    SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR: Andrea Sampson, Director of Programming, TEDxToronto 2015

    After closing nominations on May 10th, we ended up with nearly 600 submissions – a record number for TEDxToronto! If you happen to be one of those who submitted a nomination for yourself or for someone else, the waiting can be difficult.

    With this in mind, here is what our Programming Team has been doing behind the scenes to identify the 12-15 speakers who will take the TEDxToronto stage on October 22nd. Our team, made up of several speaking experts and voice coaches, has developed specific selection guidelines that are unique to this year’s conference theme, Thresholds.