Application Deadline fast approaching for one of Vancouver's most
VANCOUVER, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - TEDxVancouver is pleased to announce the first of several exciting speakers in the
2011 lineup. The concept for this year's event is "The Frontier" - a
topic selected as a reflection of the new wonders undreamt of in our
time. This year's TEDxVancouver event is designed to be a love letter to knowledge and innovation. Like
TED's own mission, "The Frontier" represents boundless possibility and
ideas worth spreading. The living boundary with the unknown.
On November 12, 2011, TEDxVancouver celebrates its third annual event with an outstanding line-up of
thought provoking talks. Presenters at TEDxVancouver are hand picked for their inspired thinking and world acclaimed
accomplishments, and in the TED and TEDx tradition, each is challenged
to give "the talk of their life" in 18 minutes or less.
The first speaker for TEDxVancouver 2011 - Shahrzad Rafati - is the only Canadian to join household names
such as Oprah Winfrey and Conan O'Brien, as well as key industry
players like Sebastian Thrun of Google and Andy Mooney from Disney on Fast Company magazine's 2011 list of the Top 100 Most Creative People in
Shahrzad Rafati is the 31-year old Founder and CEO of BroadbandTV Corp (BBTV). Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Rafati founded BBTV five years ago and has served as its CEO since inception. During this
time, Rafati vaulted BBTV into a leadership position in the video curation/monetization space
with cutting edge business models that solve major problems for the
online video marketplace.
BBTV's over-arching objective is to put video publishers back in control
of their content and be more successful online. BBTV does this by 1-
Developing systems and technologies to detect and monetize user
uploaded copies of exploited video content on popular video portals
such as YouTube and sharing the revenue back with the rightful owners
of the content. BBTV provides this service to companies such as the
NBA and Warner Bros. and 2- Deploying curated content under its VISO
branded channels. All together, Rafati's company has curated more than
260,000 videos, driven 1.6 billion impressions and amassed more than 1M
members. Over Almost 300 content owners have noticed and entrusted
their intellectual property to BBTV to monetize and manage.
Recently, Rafati was selected by Canadian Business Magazine as one of 20 women destined to shake up corporate Canada, gracing the
cover of the magazine.
Other speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. For more
information about TEDxVancouver please visit tedxvancouver.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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine
to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.
Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has
grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives.
At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the
talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then 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. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED
Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along
with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal
is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted
daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among
TED fans; 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 TED Fellows
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.
For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration
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