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Theme: Make It Yours

This event occurred on
September 21, 2013
10:00am - 4:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Burnaby, BC

The personal human experience is constantly redefined through unpredictable and unknown circumstances presented through extraordinary encounters. With Make It Yours, TEDxSFU will explore opportunities for designing your own path through innovations in technology, entertainment, and design. We are inviting speakers to tell us of breaking through expectations, taking control, and finding empowerment. The stories, no longer than 18 minutes in length, will facilitate dialogue, open up new realms of thought and continue to spread ideas in the community. Speakers will be recorded and videos will be posted online. Find an idea worth spreading and make it yours.

Convocation Mall Theatre
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC, V5A1S6
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Igor Faletski

Igor Faletski is the CEO & co-founder of Mobify, a technology company focusing on enabling the adaptive web. Mobify provides developer APIs and cloud services for rapidly creating fast, responsive websites that work on all mobile devices. The platform is used by thousands of developers and customers like Starbucks, Threadless, Wired, Toyota and Beyond the Rack. Igor holds a BA in Computer Science from SFU; he grew up in Russia and taught himself English by watching the TV show Babylon 5.

Jane Langton

Jane Langton is an adult sexual health educator aiming to transform the views and conversations on healthy sexuality. Jane is committed to educating people about how general health and sexual health are intertwined, because according to the World Health Organization, people have “the right to sexual information and the right to pleasure”. She embraces her inner awkwardness and slightly left-of-center sense of humor, and is currently working on her first book, which she will complete sometime before she moves on to her next lifetime.

Dr. John Nightingale

As a professional biologist and public educator, Dr. John Nightingale has been responsible for the development and operation of some of the world’s best aquariums and in this role has harnessed these institutions to engage with the public in substantive and meaningful ways. During his twenty years at the Vancouver Aquarium, he has guided the expansion of the Aquarium’s leadership in conservation, education and research while focusing operations on sustainability and solid fiscal performance.

Leigh Boyle

Leigh Boyle is a pre-med student and a triathlete by day. She has been on an incredible journey while working with an NGO in Ethiopia. It made her realize the profound impact of providing aesthetic services to hospice patients. And so she began the Lipstick Project Society, an organization bringing light and love to patients in hospices and hospitals through professional-grade spa services. Never underestimate the power of human touch.

Amal Graafstra

Pioneer of the DIY RFID implantation movement, Amal Graafstra has been helping hobbyists and biohackers explore RFID technology since implanting his first tag in 2005. Since then, he has authored the book RFID Toys, spoken at various venues including hacker clubs and universities, and has co-authored a peer reviewed research paper on the subject of DIY RFID implantee subculture. It was presented at the ISTAS 2012 symposium on technology and society.

Stephanie Ostler

Stephanie Ostler is the founder and designer of Devil May Wear where she endeavors to make clothing better for our bodies, our world, and our wallets without sacrificing self expression. Exploring the conflicts of sustainability and the challenges of running a local business has led her to realize that just making eco- friendly products isn’t good enough. She believes that in order to have the option to buy sustainable goods, we must take care of our local economy or else we will exclusively be faced with the challenge of survival.

Kahlil Ashanti

As an entrepreneur, actor, writer, and producer, Kahlil Ashanti has mastered the Vancouverite skill of balance. Best known for his critically acclaimed solo show, Basic Training, his multi-lingual work in theatre has earned him several awards including the NY Times Critics Pick and a Broadway Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance. Basic Training has been optioned for television development by Barry Josephson (Bones, Enchanted, Men In Black) and Lowell Mate (Everybody Loves Raymond, Roseanne) and will be green-lit as a series this summer.

Dr. Shelley Gruendler

The extraordinary Dr. Shelley Gruendler is a typographer, designer, and educator who teaches, lectures, and publishes internationally on typography and design. Shelley has presented at TypoBerlin, ATypI, TypeCon, and How; has published articles in /Communication Arts, How, Slanted,/ and /Step/; and has judged international typography for / Communication Arts/ and Canadian book design for the Alcuin Society. When she is not traveling the world as the founding director of Type Camp International, she is proud to live in the Canadian Typographic Archipelago.

Chris Giannakos

As the Director of Coffee for acclaimed Gastown coffee house Revolver, Chris Giannakos knows a thing or two about your morning cup of joe. Hailing from the local cafe-royalty responsible for West Vancouver’s incredibly successful Cafe Crema, Chris and his brothers opened Revolver after over 5 years of working in the coffee industry and visiting countless renowned international cafes.

Chuck Hamilton

Chuck Hamilton is a member of IBM’s Center For Advanced Learning team, in the role of Global Mentoring, Social Learning and Smart Play Program Leader. His work focuses on the intersections of Learning, People and Technology with a particular emphasis on organizational effectiveness, sharing and change. Chuck is also an Associate Professor for the Masters of Digital Media Program at the Center for Digital Media in Vancouver Canada.

Michael Park

As a creator of musical productions and works, Michael Park knows that when you listen to music, there always exists the opportunity to make it yours. From identifying with a certain tune to declaring a song “yours”, there is a certain ownership and connection we make with the notes that surround us. As a composer with a keen interest in speech, humour, and collaboration, Michael is co-founder of Art Song Lab and has written for choirs, singers, pianists, and chamber ensembles. Michael is also a pianist who regularly performs his own works, and those of his colleagues.

Organizing team


Vancouver, Canada
  • Madhav Goyal
    Project Co-Lead
  • Iris Eom
    Events Lead
  • Christina Luo
    Marketing and Communications Lead
  • Kerstin Butzelaar
    Partner Relations Lead
  • Anastasia Hambali
    Content Co-Lead
  • Hope Wang
    Content Co-Lead
  • Kyle Krystalowich
    Events Coordinator
  • Manisha Narula
    Events Coordinator
  • Clair Lam
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Sophia Yip
    Creative Director
  • Dara Fontein
    Social Media Coordinator
  • Linda Nguyen
    Junior Designer
  • Christina Buiza
    Partner Relations Coordinator