We are just days away to our June 24 event and we cannot wait to show you what’s in store. By now, we’re all pros at navigating virtual events, but we promise there’s more to our event than meets the eye.
Here’s what you can expect on event day, as well as some tips and tricks to make sure you have the most stellar TEDx experience.
Pre-Show Participant Activity- Origam.AI
This is a social experiment, a snapshot of this unique TEDxYYC audience at this incredibly unique point in time. OrigamAi’s purpose is to make workplaces healthier, people happier, and workforces more effective.
Through the use of OrigamAi’s innovative AI-driven solution, they help large organizations thrive by providing the real-time data needed to develop healthier workplaces, more engaged teams and happier people. How do they accomplish this? Using OrigamAi’s innovative AI-driven solution, they help large organizations thrive by providing the real-time data needed to develop healthier workplaces, more engaged teams and happier people.
OrigamAi, in partnership with TEDxYYC, offers you an exclusive opportunity to reimagine your own well-being. We believe that this offer will enable you to make informed decisions based on the psycho-social determinants of health and well-being at both work and home.
Interested? Buy your tickets today!
10 AM: Pre-show- Greetings & Networking
You will be greeted by our amazing host Priscilla Cherry and members of the TEDxYYC team. You’ll also be able to network with fellow attendees. Freely explore our break-out rooms with different lively activities and discussions!
11 AM: TEDxYYC TALKS – REIMAGINE CITIES (w/ performance)
How would you reimagine the place where you live, work, and play? Check out our first block of speakers focused on answering this question. Don’t miss an amazing musical performance from Calgary-based artists Angie C & Jane M that is sure to make “waves”.
- REED FERBER- Reimagining wearable data ownership
- SEAN CRUMP- Reimagining Universal Access and Inclusion
- Performance- Angie C & Jane M
- CELIA LEE- Reimagining Public Spaces
12 PM: BREAK
Our speakers take a pause, but the fun doesn’t stop! Get a chance to chat about the first TEDx Talks with other attendees while taking in some of our incredible activations! Dance like no one’s watching, communicate and play, take a big stretch, and gain perspective on how to be a better ally to the Indigenous community.
- BOLLYWOOD DANCING w/ Madhuban Performing Arts
- Beat virtual fatigue with TWO exciting dance tutorials inspired by the big screen that are sure to get your heart pumping.
- COOKING VEGETARIAN IN THE BIG EASY w/ Chef Joey
- Skip the delivery apps and whip up this delicious New Orleans-inspired veggie dish. Find the ingredients here to cook along at home!
- BRIDGING THE GAP w/ Whiley Eaglespeaker
- Join Whiley for a first person account of stories from the time of Treaty signings through to Residential School survivors and the impact of #215children. Gain insight on how to become a better ally for the Indigenous community.
- IMPROVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS WITH PLAY! w/ Tony Esteves Of Talk2morePeople
- Learn how curiosity and play can help you become a stronger communicator in this informative session.
- DESK YOGA w/ Janelle Snow
- No yoga mat or change of clothes will be required for this virtual yoga session, as Janelle will lead you through mindfulness breath work, while relieving neck and shoulder tension.
12:45 PM: TEDxYYC TALKS – REIMAGINE SOCIETY
The world is changing and changing fast. How can we make sure that we can harness this energy to do better for each other and the world we live in?
Our second block of speakers will tackle many sides of this big question.
- JANINE ROGAN – Reimagining Finance for Millennials
- SUNAND KANNAPPAN & MEHUL GUPTA – Reimagining Scientific Literacy
- MICHAEL KEHLER-Reimagining Masculinity
- EVELYN FORGET- Reimagining Basic Income
1:45 PM: BREAK
Take a breather with us as we reflect, meditate, and listen to several important topics ranging from effective communication, meditation, gender, anti-racism, and the Indigenous Experience.
- EVERYDAY ANTI-RACISM THROUGH EMPATHY w/ Humainologie & The Kings of Hearts
- Join Yenukwa Kombian of Kings of Hearts and Salima Stanley-Bhanji of Humainologie as they chit chat and share personal insights on real world ways empathy can support anti-racism.
- REIMAGINE MEDITATION: A PRACTICE FOR DEEPER EMBODIMENT with Worthy & Well
- Reimagine meditation and experience it as a practice for deeper embodiment, so that you can heal the patterns that hold you back from living true and reclaim your personal power
- ONE PERSON, MANY LIVES w/ Farrah Nuff from HireHeels
- Listen to the layers of an entertainer, coach, educator…and more talk about the need to adapt to their surroundings, and why drag was the key to figuring it all out.
- REIMAGINE LISTENING w/ Tony Esteves of Talk2MorePeople
- Explore the technique of “Talk2MorePeople Listening”, which helps you meet people who in turn can change your life for the better.
- RESILIENCE, HEALING AND RENEWAL -THE INDIGENOUS EXPERIENCE w/ Autumn Eaglespeaker
- Highlighting Autumn’s families matriarchal generational experiences as Blackfoot women, overcoming intergenerational traumas interrelated to the Canadian and US experience and resiliency and healing through love and family.
2:30 PM: TEDxYYC TALKS – REIMAGINE OURSELVES (w/ performance)
Be the change you want to see in the world.
Our final installment of speakers will explore what we can do as individuals to incite change in our communities and within ourselves. Be sure to check out a ground-breaking spoken word and musical collaboration by local spoken word poet Wakefield Brewster and cellist/vocalist Lizzy Munson.
- NINA KHAREY – Reimagining Sustainable Clothing Through Creative Resilience
- ADAM NEWMAN- Reimagining Addiction and Child-Birth
- Performance – Wakefield & Lizzy
- SAM HESTER – Reimagining Comics in the Context of Caregiving
3:30 PM: THE AFTER PARTY
We’ll cap off TEDxYYC 2021 with closing remarks from our host and team.
Had a great conversation about a TED talk ignited some exciting dialogue? You can continue these stellar conversations during our post-event networking period! Be sure to stick around for a grand finale performance from HireHeels that’ll be sure to get you energized, laughing, on your feet and dancing.
TIPS TO ELEVATE YOUR TEDxYYC 2021 EXPERIENCE:
Tip 1: Technology Check
“Sorry, experiencing technical difficulties!” We have all been there. Don’t ruin a great personal connection because of a bad wi-fi connection– make sure to log-in at least fifteen minutes before the start of the event to create your account and get familiar with our event platform, Hopin, and to check out all of our great interactive activations, expo booths, and speaker bios! If you are experiencing any issues on Hopin when logging into the event, just log out of the Hopin platform completely and then log in again!
Tip 2: Feel free to hop around on Hopin!
Our event platform allows us to take the in-person lobby and stage feel right to your screen. Our event is more than your average Zoom call; this platform will allow you to engage with fellow attendees while listening to our speakers.
There are four main components to our event: Main Stage, Sessions, Activations, Networking, and Expo.
Our stage is where you’ll be able to catch all of our TEDxYYC speakers. Activities act as “break-out” rooms for you to get up and get moving, and chat with other attendees about the exciting things you’re seeing. Networking allows you to be matched one-on-one with another attendee for a more focused conversation. Finally, the Expo tab allows you to check out booths with our amazing partners and meet some of our activation hosts. What’s great about our virtual set up is that you can hop in and hop out – switch from each component effortlessly! Here’s a video to help guide your experience:
Tip 3: Consider a talk or activity outside of your comfort zone
This year’s theme is Reimagine. Not only our city and society, but ourselves. With our wide array of speakers, this is the year to take a chance and explore a topic or activity that we might not usually think of doing or is not related to our fields of study/profession.
We’re excited to take the plunge and try or listen to something new. Come along with us!