x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Own Your Passion

This event occurred on
March 12, 2011
12:00pm - 12:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
London, Ontario

In fall of 2010, a team of students representing all undergraduate years and virtually every faculty at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) came together with the goal of bringing the esteemed Technology, Education and Design (TED) conference to London and UWO. Since then, this vision has been transformed into a project for spring 2011. Using the theme of “Own Your Passion”, several community speakers, with diverse experiences and novel ideas, have been confirmed to deliver a series of talks relating to their own passions. This will be the first major TEDx event in London, and will provide a unique opportunity to engage UWO, Fanshawe College, London-based high schools and the greater London community. The event seeks to be as inclusive as possible and to promote the dissemination of “ideas worth spreading.” In line with this mandate, there will be a free video live-stream of the conference available online, allowing the event to be accessed by people from across the world and around the city.

The TEDxUWO conference will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011. We will have a curated audience and have received many strong applications! In order to maximise our impact, we will have a live video feed to UWO’s main campus and two satellite events for Fanshawe and London high school audiences.

The Grand Theatre
471 Richmond Street
London, Ontario, N6A3E4
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Ray Zahab

Ray is an ultra-marathon runner, founder of Impossible2Possible, world record holder, author of Running for My Life - a story of his metamorphosis from a pack-a-day smoker to an endurance athlete, and the inspiration for the movie Running the Sahara, a film produced by Matt Damon.

Denis Shackel

Stranded alone after a tragic climbing accident, with temperatures plunging to -30° Celsius, Shackel broke the night into five thousand five-second intervals. He decided to deal with only one interval at a time, and relied on vision, intuition, and faith to keep him alive. Come hear Denis speak about his "five seconds at a time" approach.

Adrian Owen

Fresh from University of Cambridge in the UK, Dr. Owen is now an acclaimed neuroscientist at Western, seeking answers to the deepest questions about the mysterious human brain. Dr. Owen has also been featured on numerous shows including BBC's The Secret You. We can't wait for Dr. Owen to speak his mind.

Ian Keteku

Crowned 2010 World Poetry Slam champion in Paris, France, the tenacious Ian Keteku has shared the stage with such hip hop and poetry legends as Ursula Rucker, members of the Wu-Tang Clan & Saul Williams. We could not be more excited to hear Keteku's message of peace, action and critical thought.

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We're announcing our full speaker lineup over the next month through Facebook and Twitter, twice a week starting this week.

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