The personal human experience is constantly redefined through unpredictable and unknown circumstances presented through extraordinary encounters. With Make It Yours, TEDxSFU will explore opportunities for designing your own path through innovations in technology, entertainment, and design. We are inviting speakers to tell us of breaking through expectations, taking control, and finding empowerment. The stories, no longer than 18 minutes in length, will facilitate dialogue, open up new realms of thought and continue to spread ideas in the community. Speakers will be recorded and videos will be posted online. Find an idea worth spreading and make it yours.
September 21, 2013
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
SFU Theatre (convo mall)
8888 University Drive, Burnaby
TEDxSFU is an independently organized local group comprised of passionate student and alumni volunteers at Simon Fraser University who are dedicated to ideas worth spreading. Following in the mantra of ideas worth spreading, TEDxSFU was able to send one of our project managers, Disty Winata, to TEDActive 2013 held in Long Beach, California. It was there that TEDxSFU 2012 was named one of the greatest TEDx events of 2012 by TED’s content director, Kelly Stoetzel. The TEDxSFU team seeks to continue this momentum into our 2013 event by encouraging our attendees to takeaway and expand upon the ideas of others to Make It Yours. TEDxSFU is held in Vancouver, BC and licensed by TED.
Co-project Manager / 2013 Licensee
As an idea enthusiast who is keen on spearheading positive changes, TEDxSFU is an ideal platform for Disty to learn from, share and contribute to and what SFU and Vancouver community have to offer.
Having an entrepreneurial drive, love for projects and community engagement, Madhav strives to take TEDxSFU to great heights in 2013.
As an avid volunteer who's always looking for different ways to be involved, Iris is excited to be part of TEDxSFU team and can't wait to see all the ideas worth spreading at this conference.
With a passion for helping others and community involvement, Kyle (an avid TED video-watcher) is looking forward to being involved with the TEDxSFU team this year and organizing a phenomenal event.
Full of energy and ideas, Manisha has been heavily involved with various student activities and is passionate about the SFU community. She believes in inspiring others through storytelling and is thrilled to be organizing the (best) TEDxSFU conference!
No longer with long hair, Clair is passionate about social change, innovation and spreading ideas. She is excited to be part of this inspiring event that opens up one's imagination and leads to powerful conversations, connections and revelations.
Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, Christina is determined to drive social change one conversation at a time. Her fascination with all things Internet ensures that she will not stop tweeting until every Vancouverite and their dog is up-to-date on TEDxSFU 2013.
Sophia is a creative graphic designer passionate about every pixel and pretty colour on a screen. Being in charge of everything graphics, she will make this year another beautiful event at TEDxSFU.
Dara is a citizen of the world with a borderline-obsessive social media habit. Finding whimsy and inspiration in the everyday, Dara’s perspective reflects a love of communication, technology, and design.
Linda is a creative individual who has a vision that design will one day be the catalyst for all social change. She first believes that everything must start off with a conversation and therefore is eager to see all the change makers, idea enthusiasts and ideas worth spreading at TEDxSFU 2013!
Partner Relations Manager
Inspired by TEDxSFU's community out reach, Kerstin is thrilled to be a part of such an event and seeks to build further connections for the TEDxSFU brand by working with the talented sponsorship team.
Partner Relations Coordinator
As an idealist who enjoys community involvement, Christina finds happiness in learning about people, concepts, technology and marketing. When not organizing TEDxSFU, she can be found reading, writing or planning adventures around the city.
Hope is passionate about the community and conversations. She is excited to showcase the lineup of speakers for TEDxSFU 2013 and looks forward to bringing another enriching experience to its supporters. Be prepared to be inspired and take action!
SFU Communications graduate and Vancouverite. A tech venerator, ideas enthusiast, film aficionado, coffee devotee and beginner yogi. Films and popcorn are her guilty-pleasure while coffee and the Internet comes at a close second. A Community Manager in Gastown, she's always down for coffee, especially to chat about startups, tech, films and of course, ideas worth spreading.
TED is a nonprofit organization with a motto to share Ideas Worth Spreading. What originated as a 4-day conference in California 29 years ago has since gown into a conference of movers and shakers with changing ideas and multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers deliver an 18 minute talk that are later made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende, and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations enable an exchange of broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, a worldwide volunteer enterprise that translates TEDTalks and also provides subtitles and interactive transcripts. These media initiatives have contributed to over one billion TED video views.
Each year two major TED events take place: The TED Conference every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2014 TED will be starting a new chapter in celebration of its 30th anniversary. TED is moving its annual conference from Long Beach, California to our illustrious shores of Vancouver, British Columbia and bringing along with it, TEDActive to the peaks of Whistler, BC. The signature event that is TED will put Vancouver on the map as an incubator of innovation and forward thinkers whom expand upon ideas thus making them their won.
In the spirit of Ideas Worth Spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self- organized events that brings people together to share a TED-like experience. TEDx events combine TEDTalks and live speakers to spark deep discussions and connections among an intimate group of attendees.
These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self- organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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Igor is the CEO & co-founder of Mobify, a technology company focusing on enabling the adaptive web. He holds a BA in Computer Science from SFU; grew up in Russia and taught himself English by watching the TV show Babylon 5.
Sexual Health Educator
Jane Langton is an adult sexual health educator aiming to transform the views and conversations on healthy sexuality. Jane is committed to educating people about how general health and sexual health are intertwined.
Vancouver Aquarium CEO
Dr. Nightingale has a broad professional background in aquatic sciences, specializing in using them to enhance public awareness, education and promote conservation. John has been responsible for the development and operation of some of the world’s best aquariums and in this role has harnessed these institutions to engage with the public in substantive and meaningful ways.
FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE LIPSTICK PROJECT
Leigh is a pre-med student and a triathlete by day. She has also been on an incredible journey – while working with an NGO in Ethiopia, she saw the profound impact of providing aesthetic services to hospice patients. And so she began the Lipstick Project Society, an organization bringing light and love to patients in hospices and hospitals through professional-grade spa services.
Technologist, author & RFID implantee
Ever wished you could unlock doors, turn on your lights, or log into your computer with a simple swipe of your hand? Amal Graafstra does just that as one of the first and most well-known “do-it-yourself" RFID (radio-frequency identification) implantees in the world.
Devil May Wear
Those who peruse the hip-and-happening sidewalks of Main Street may recognize our next Stephanie. As the founder and designer of Devil May Wear where she endeavours to make clothing better for our bodies, our world, and our wallets without sacrificing self expression.
Recently selected for Cirque Du Soleil as a character actor, Kahlil is constantly searching for opportunities to be a part of life giving projects that are bigger than all of us. As co-founder of VC funded ReceiptNest.com, he found himself knee deep in the tech world, surrounded by people who wanted to tell their stories in compelling ways.
Dr Shelley Gruendler is a typographer, designer, and educator who teaches, lectures, and publishes internationally on typography and design. When she is not traveling the world as the founding director of Type Camp International, she is proud to live in the Canadian Typographic Archipelago.
As the Director of Coffee for acclaimed Gastown coffee house Revolver, Chris Giannakos knows a thing or two about your morning cup of joe. Hailing from the local cafe-royalty responsible for West Vancouver’s incredibly successful Cafe Crema, Chris and his brothers opened Revolver after over 5 years of working in the coffee industry and visiting countless renowned international cafes.
Chuck Hamilton is a member of IBM’s Center For Advanced Learning team, in the role of Global Mentoring, Social Learning and Smart Play Program Leader. His work focuses on the intersections of Learning, People and Technology with a particular emphasis on organizational effectiveness, sharing and change.
Michael Park is a composer with a keen interest in speech, humour, and collaboration. He is co-founder of Art Song Lab and has written for choirs, singers, pianists, and chamber ensembles. Michael is also a pianist who regularly performs his own works, and those of his colleagues.
Our goal for TEDxSFU is to have a diverse community of individuals from numerous different fields in attendance at the conference. Attendees are not required to have a previous relationship with Simon Fraser University and are not required to be students.
In alignment with the TEDxSFU 2013 theme “Make It Yours”, all attendees of the conference will be selected based on their drive to make a difference in their community and willingness to learn from others at the conference. All applicants must go through an application process as per official TED regulations. All applications will be reviewed anonymously based on the responses to the questions in the online application form. Reviewers are looking for thoughtfulness and effort in the responses to the application questions. Personal information of applicants is not released to application reviewers during the process.
Ideal TEDxSFU attendees:
• are passionate, curious, and open-minded
• would love to have conversations with like-minded people
• are longing to make a difference in the world
• want to form new connections with other attendees
All applications will open on Monday July 22. There are two deadlines that are important: August 5 and August 16. Everyone who applies before August 5 will be eligible for early bird tickets which will be released one week later. Everyone who applies before August 5 will be put through the review process, and unsuccessful applicants will be forwarded through to the second round of reviewing which begins after the final application deadline, August 16. Essentially, everyone who applies before August 5 will have two chances in the review process. August 16 is the final day to apply to attend the conference; late applications will not be accepted.
All applicants will be notified on August 25 on the outcome of their application. Successful applicants will receive instructions on how to purchase their ticket to the event. Unsuccessful applicants will be added to the waitlist and will be notified if more space is available.
Successful applicants will have until September 3 to purchase their ticket. Tickets that are not purchased by this time will be periodically released to applicants who are on the waitlist. The final day to purchase tickets for any applicants who have received an invite that are on the waitlist is September 7.
The entire conference will be available via a livestream on tedxsfu.com on Saturday September 21 from 10:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST). All of the talks will also be available on the TEDx Talks Youtube channel after the videos have been edited and prepared for release. All talk videos will be distributed via the TEDxSFU social media channels and website.
Applicants will be notified if they have been selected to attend TEDxSFU 2013 at three different times:
• Early bird: Monday, August 12
• Regular: Sunday, August 25
• Waitlist invites: Wednesday, September 4
All attendees will have a limited amount of time to register and pay for their ticket before the tickets are released to applicants who have been added to the waitlist. As there is a very high demand to attend the event, tickets will not be held until the event date for selected applicants and will be released to other candidates.
Refunds will not be accepted for the conference or after party after September 16.