Video: At this year's TEDxToronto conference on October 2nd at Koerner Hall in Toronto, UofT Computer science professor David Fleet brings to life the possibility of machines who see and think.
Video: Pushing the boundaries of human potential with sport. Olympic and world champion Kayaker Adam van Koeverden joins the 6th annual TEDxToronto conference as a speaker on October 2nd at Koerner Hall in Toronto.
TORONTO, Aug. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The 2014 TEDxToronto conference is
expected to be at capacity this year, as hundreds of applications to
attend the conference as a delegate have poured in. If you needed more
of a push to apply to be in the audience this year, the ideas
conference just added four more speakers to the lineup.
On October 2, 2014, at Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music
an Olympian and a superfan, along with a photographer and computer
science heavyweight, will be speaking about their 'Relentless
"Each speaker this year brings a compelling story, and an idea that we
believe is worth spreading," said co-chair of the 2014 conference Dan
Jacob. "The community really embraced this year's theme, and we've been
able to pull together a lineup of speakers, performers, and demos that
will leave each member of the audience changed at the end of the
The additions to the 2014 TEDxToronto conference include:
Adam van Koeverden: The champion kayaker first captured the world's attention at the 2004
Olympic Games, where he was a double medalist with gold and bronze
victories. Since then, he has continued to dominate the sport, taking
silver at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, earning two World
Championship titles in 2007 and 2011, and being named "Canada's Athlete
of the Year" in 2012. He is also a 73-time Canadian kayaking champion,
and holds the Guinness World Record for paddling the fastest-ever 500
metre in a canoe or kayak. @vankayak
Nav Bhatia: Known as the Official Raptors Superfan, he was recently was given the
title Raptors South Asian Community Ambassador working alongside
superstar Drake. Nav owns two Hyundai dealerships in Mississauga and in
Rexdale, with the Mississauga location recently recognized as the
number one Hyundai volume dealer in Canada. He is heavily involved in
bringing Bollywood to the non-resident Indians and through his love of
basketball and his business Nav is helping to change the perception of
Sikhs among a mainstream audience.
Colin Boyd Shafer: He is an award-winning Canadian documentary photographer and high school
teacher. He holds an MSc in Political Economy of Violence Conflict and
Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Shafer is
the winner of the 2014 Toronto Urban Photography Festival's Global
Building Giants Award for his work on the documentary photography
series 'Cosmopolis Toronto.' The project has been featured widely in the media, including in the Globe and Mail, the Wall Street Journal, as well as on CTV, CBC, and Global. @ colinbshafer
David Fleet: David Fleet is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of
Toronto Scarborough, and a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for
Advanced Research. He received a PhD in Computer Science from the
University of Toronto in 1991, and has published papers on computer
vision, image processing, visual perception, and visual neuroscience.
He has won numerous awards for his research, including an Alfred
P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 1996, and the Koenderink Prize in 2010
for his work with M. Black and H. Sidenbladh on human pose tracking.
These four join speakers Dr. Margot Taylor, Rachel Parent, and John
Cruickshank, along with performers Choir! Choir! Choir!, who were
announced earlier this summer. (Photos of the speakers are available upon request.)
This is the 6th year for the conference ,which brings together Canadians to share their
ideas with the GTA. The event is broadcast live to the world, and more
than 30,000 people watch the conference via satellite feed around the
world. Recently, a 2013 TEDxToronto Talk by Mark Henick has garnered more than 500,000 views on YouTube.
Applications to be a part of the audience are now being accepted, with
an attendance fee of $150. To apply to attend the conference as a
delegate, visit TEDxToronto.com and fill out an application. There are a limited number of seats
available for the event. Delegates are selected based on a process that
considers only the information provided on the application form. The
deadline to apply to be a delegate is Thursday, September 4th at 11:59
Stay tuned as more speakers, performers, and demonstrations are added to
the lineup this month.
To learn more about the speakers and the conference, visit www.tedxtoronto.com.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local,
self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like
experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine
to spark deep discussion and connection. 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
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.
Started as a conference in California 1984, TED has grown to support
those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.
At a TED conference, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to
give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have
included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert,
Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene,
Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for
free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday.
Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by
volunteers worldwide. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are
shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.
The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to
organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live
speakers. Selected talks from these events are also turned into TED
The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with
a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps
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. TED-Ed creates short video lessons
by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom
instruction or independent learning.
For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration
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Video with caption: "Video: At this year's TEDxToronto conference on October 2nd at Koerner Hall in Toronto, UofT Computer science professor David Fleet brings to life the possibility of machines who see and think. ". Video available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5lTAlO38go
Video with caption: "Video: Pushing the boundaries of human potential with sport. Olympic and world champion Kayaker Adam van Koeverden joins the 6th annual TEDxToronto conference as a speaker on October 2nd at Koerner Hall in Toronto.". Video available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFsfcg4E0bc
Image with caption: "2014 TEDxToronto speakers Nav Bhatia (Raptor's Superfan), Adam van Koeverden (Olympic Kayaker), David Fleet (Computer Science Professor) and Colin Boyd Shafer (Photographer, Cosmopolis Toronto) will take the stage on October 2nd at Koerner Hall in Toronto. (CNW Group/TEDx Toronto)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140807_C9648_PHOTO_EN_42361.jpg
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