TORONTO, Oct. 2, 2014 /CNW/ - More than 900 delegates are attending the 6th annual TEDxToronto conference held at the Royal Conservatory of Music's Koerner Hall today. They received a surprise this morning – the Toronto Symphony Orchestra opened the conference. Throughout the day, 13 speakers will take to the stage, and delegates will also be treated to two performances and a technical demonstration. Canadians and others around the world are tuning into the livestream to take part in the year's event as well.
What: TEDxToronto Livestream
Where: View the live broadcast on the homepage of TEDxToronto.com
When: October 2, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Why: The TEDxToronto conference, now in its 6th year, is focusing on the theme "Relentless Pursuits." Each speaker, performance and technical demonstration will share an idea worth spreading that fits into the overall theme.
This year's conference features 13 speakers:
Nav Bhatia – Raptors Superfan
Colin Boyd Shafer – Founder of Cosmopolis Toronto
John Cruickshank – Publisher of the Toronto Star
David Fleet – Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto
Sabrina Jalees – Comedian, actor, and writer
Jamil Jivani – Founder of Policing Literacy Initiative
Gabriela Mastromonaco – Curator of reproductive programs and research at the Toronto Zoo
Rachel Parent – Founder of Kids Right to Know
Pantea Razzaghi – Co-founder of Synbiota
Ana Serrano – Chief Digital Officer at the Canadian Film Centre
Margot Taylor – Director of Functional Neuroimaging, Diagnostic Imaging, at Sick Kids
Keith Vanderline – Cosmologist based at the University of Toronto
Adam van Koeverden – Olympic and world champion kayaker
There are also two performances, and a technical demonstration:
Choir! Choir! Choir!
Tarik Sayeed – Founder of BabyTaxi
For more information on the lineup, visit 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 and regulations.)
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 Talks videos.
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
Image with caption: "More than 900 delegates take in the 6th annual TEDxToronto conference including a surprise performance from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. (Credit: Westend Studio) (CNW Group/TEDx Toronto)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141002_C2709_PHOTO_EN_6249.jpg
Image with caption: "The Toronto Symphony Orchestra surprises and delights TEDxToronto delegates at the 6th annual conference on October 2, 2014. (Credit: Westend Studio) (CNW Group/TEDx Toronto)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141002_C2709_PHOTO_EN_6293.jpg
SOURCE: TEDx Toronto
For further information: For interviews with TEDxToronto organizers or speakers: Candi Jeronimo, Public Relations Manager, TEDxToronto, [email protected], www.TEDxToronto.com