Queen's University

Campus TEDx sparks exchange of ideas

[David McConomoy speaks at last year's TEDxQueensU conference]Queen's School of Business assistant professor David McConomy spoke at last year's TEDxQueensU conference. This year's lineup includes a number of high-profile faculty, staff, students and alumni.  

Asad Chishti wants people to feel more than just inspired when they walk out of this year’s TEDxQueensU.

“For many people, inspiration wears off a few days or weeks after hearing a speaker. We want people to get motivated to do something,” says the director of the student-run conference. “And the great thing about TEDx conferences is that motivation doesn’t necessarily have to come from the stage. It can come from the person sitting beside you, or during a conversation between speakers.”

TED started in 1984 in the United States as a conference on technology, entertainment and design. Since then, the scope has broadened and local, independently organized versions of the conference —TEDx —have been held around the world. TEDxQueensU began three years ago, bringing together faculty, staff, students, alumni and local community members to explore and further the TED mission of “ideas worth spreading.”

“Some TEDx conferences focus on a specific issue, but our themes have always been about people, superheroes and nomads the past two years, and pioneers this year,” says Mr. Chishti, a third-year engineering student. “We really want to hear the stories and better understand the viewpoints of people who are exploring and developing new ideas.”

People must apply to attend TEDxQueensU. The organizing committee selects people from diverse backgrounds and experiences in order to encourage unique conversations and connections.

Fifteen speakers and performers will have 18 minutes or less to share their ideas. A few of the highlights include:

Greg Frankson, also known as Ritallin, a social activist and former AMS president
Dean Tripp, an associate professor at Queen’s who studies pain and resilience
Lauren Hortie, a teacher who works in a Toronto District School Board reengagement program that helps students earn credits by running a skate/longboard design business

The deadline to apply is October 18. The talks will stream live on the TEDxQueensU website on October 28.

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