Prestigious TEDx Event Returning to Mississauga


Published December 19, 2018 at 4:42 pm


The weeks that follow the holiday season are always a little bleak, but a hugely exciting event that’s making its way back to Mississauga might change that.

If you’ve always dreamed of attending a TED Talk, you are in luck—an independently organized TEDxMississauga conference is coming to the city this winter.

If you attended the previous TEDxMississauga event, you might recall that TEDx talks are a little different from traditional TED Talks in the sense that they’re organized by independent parties who operate under a license from TED Conferences LLC.

That said, they do have to be approved by TED and they must feature talks that fall in line with the TED philosophy of spreading ideas.

For those who are unaware, TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a non-profit organization that’s devoted to the spread of ideas through what it calls “short, powerful talks.” Although the talks might seem like a modern phenomenon, they’ve actually been around since 1984 and cover more than just technology, entertainment and design.

Now, TED talks deal with myriad subjects and are delivered in more than 100 languages. Independent TEDx events help encourage the spread of ideas throughout various communities worldwide.

“TEDx events are local community events and we’re licensed by TED Conferences,” explains TEDxMississauga organizer Rhyan Ahmed. “TED events are organized by TED Conferences LLC and TEDx events are organized by members of local communities.”

This year, the theme of the upcoming TEDx event–slated to take place at the Mississauga Convention Centre on January 19–is (de)mystify.

​”In an ever-changing world of technology, cryptocurrencies, evolving notions of human rights and equality, the limits of human understanding continue to grow,” the event website reads.

“How do we take difficult or esoteric concepts, and make them clearer and easier to understand? The theme for the 2019 conference is (de)mystify, and that’s what we aim to do at the next conference.”

Who will be speaking at this year’s conference?

Ashley Rubin, a University of Toronto–Mississauga professor, will be giving a talk. Her research reexamines the dynamics of penal change, focusing on the introduction of new punishments in America and England from the seventeenth century through the early twentieth century.

Netra Unni Rajesh, a third year Engineering Science student at the University of Toronto with a specialization in Biomedical engineering, will also be speaking. Rajesh obtained her first laboratory work term at the Sunnybrook Research Institute when she was just 16 years old, and she is currently working at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) where she is developing and engineering bioreactor devices for cancer vaccines. She has also worked at MIT on a drug development project.

Other speakers will include Thea Kurdi of DesignABLE Environments Inc., Dr. Marwa Azab of California State University, Dr. Nadia Hirani of the Foxboro Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Ruth Ross of the University of Toronto and Craig Gibson, a threat defence architect with Trend Micro.

The event will also feature an appearance by Mississauga’s Poet Laureate, Wali Shah, who is a musician and philanthropist. In 2014, he was named one of Canada’s “Top 20 Under 20” by Plan Canada, and he frequently talks about bullying, mental health and social change.

Guests can also enjoy a performance by Arlene Paculan, a local musician.

Tickets are $303.28 at the door, but only $59+HST when you register online through Eventbrite or Facebook before 11:59 p.m. on December 25, 2018.

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