TEDxToronto 2010 is the second annual and official TEDx conference to be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It will be taking place Thursday, September 30, 2010 at the CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio located at 250 Front Street West.
There are 300 spots reserved for audience members to watch the talks live. Tickets are free of charge, and a short application process is required to obtain a ticket. Applications will be available on July 15, 2010 and will close on August 6, 2010. Multiple other options exist to view the talks watching the live webcast online or at satellite viewing locations, which will be released on August 10, 2010.
This year’s speaker roster will address the theme, A Call to Action. Selected speakers are Toronto-based thought leaders who are groundbreakers in their disciplines.
Selected speaking spots have been reserved for community nominations. Everyone is welcome to submit an application to become a TEDxToronto 2010 speaker, or nominate another worthy individual. Nominations open on July 7, 2010 and close on August 3, 2010.
The first round of speakers is as follows:
- Trey Anthony, Creator and Star of Global TV’s Da Kink In My Hair
- Bruce Poon Tip, Founder, GAP Adventures
- Tonya Surman, Founding Executive Director of the Centre for Social Innovation
- Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
TEDxToronto 2009 was joined by Don Tapscott, Peter MacLoed, Richard St. John, Tom Rand, Mathew Ingram, Charlotte Yates, Waawaate Fobister, Steven Woods, David Makepeace, D’bi Young, and Gavin Sheppard, who all shared with us their inspiration on “What’s Next?”. The audience was moved with answers of alternative educational system plans, the keys to success, the influence of media, and quite simply: love. Their videos are available for viewing on YouTube.
TEDx events are non-profit community based events, reliant on the support of our partners. There are a variety of partnership opportunities available for 2010 – please contact us to see how your company and TEDxToronto can come together in support of the event.
Partners of TEDxToronto 2010 include Jet Cooper, Extreme Group, Idea Couture, The Biz Media, City of Toronto, CBC Glenn Gould Studio, Sense Appeal Coffee, The Working Group, Greenscroll, Indigo, Raincoast Books, Notable TV and 99Sudbury.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxToronto, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxToronto event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani,Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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