TEDxYYC: 3 Speakers Announced – Still Time to Apply to Attend!

Feb 8, 2011

We’re so excited about how the day is shaping up, we can’t hold it in any longer.  We’ve decided to announce three of our speakers. We’re pleased to have curated a day of talks that will make us all think about community in new ways.  Communities are eclectic mashups of interesting people with varying backgrounds and view points. Why should our speakers be any different? Check them out below.

Apply to Attend – Deadline is February 20
Remember that attendance is limited by our friends at TED.com to only 100 tickets, so be sure to get your application in before February 20. The first invitations will be sent out March 1. We’re very much looking forward to all of Calgary being a part of this day, it really is about Community.

TEDxYYC | Forward Motion is pleased to announce the following three storytellers as part of our line up for April 1, 2011:

Kris Krug
Active in many worlds, Kris’ skills bridge the technology, business and art communities. After publishing ground-breaking online magazine *spark-online,Kris co-founded the Drupal company Bryght. Through enthusiastic outreach, Kris helped create a marketplace for community-centric websites and his evangelism spawned an eco-system of related companies in Vancouver. Bryght was acquired by Raincty Studios in 2007.

Kris has been focusing on his photography alongside his various involvements in the technology and digital landscape. Kris is a fervent evangelist for open culture and creative commons licensing and frequently speaks at conferences and in the media about the blurring lines between pro and amateur, shifting copyright standards and using technology to promote and share artistic work.

Well known in the web social media and blogging community, Kris regularly speaks at conferences and media programs around the world about emerging technology, photography, and creative commons. He has spoken at international economic leadership events in Beijing and Shanghai for the 2008 and 2010 Olympics as well as Vancouver Arts Summit and the NextMEDIA conference in Banff, AB. Kris also sits on the board of directors for Eco Fashion Week and the board of advisors for the Vancouver Biennale and Reel Youth Film Festival.

Find him on Twitter: @kk

Patrick Finn
Patrick Finn works in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary. He has a PhD in English and Information Technology and an MFA in Directing. At one time or another he has been a professional musician, writer, designer, computer programmer and teacher. In 2005, he was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 under 40. He is currently teaching courses in acting, story and happiness. He just finished directing William Shakespeare’s King Lear and his cabaret show “The Carnival of Joy” recently wrapped up at the Reeve Theatre. His books Creativity: Simple Steps that Change Everything and The Story of Story will be published this fall by Kendall-Hunt.

He’s recently stumbled into a new role: King of Love. Or, Doctor of Fluff. Find out why he’s become such an expert in what pulls at heart strings when he shares his experiences at TEDxYYC.

Steve Fisher
Steve is an internationally renowned interactive designer, speaker and open source evangelist. He has worked for companies in Edmonton, Vancouver and Chicago and travels North America talking about design, user experience and open source. Currently Steve is working as the UX Director for Yellow Pencil, serves as the national web design chair for the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada and can be found hanging out with some of the core teams contributing to open source projects like Drupal. .

Steve likes running, fancy shirts and twitter (maybe a little too much).

Find him at www.hellofisher.com or on Twitter @hellofisher

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