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, education, 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
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.
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.
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
Partner Relations Coordinator
Hope is a community-oriented young woman who is driven by her passion to give back and enthusiasm for people. As a new addition to the TEDxSFU team, she looks forward to bringing another enriching TEDxSFU experience to the supporters and speakers.
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.
Supported by a group of invaluable partners.
"Words are inadequate to express my appreciation for the invitation to participate at the TED conference. It was one of the highlights of my entire life."– Billy Graham, evangelist
"TED moments have been echoing in my brain ever since I left Monterey. A wonderful experience."– Dan Dennett, philosopher
"Being a part of TED was a genuine privilege. I've never experienced anything remotely like it. I was entertained, educated, enthralled, moved, challenged, intimidated, humbled and most of all inspired!"– Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO, DreamWorks Animation
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.)