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Inaugural TEDxUManitoba event will take place November 4

September 30, 2014 — 

The University of Manitoba will host a special TEDx event on November 4, 2014, the first TEDx event ever hosted on campus. TEDxUManitoba will feature “ideas worth spreading,” shared by members of the University of Manitoba community.

“I am honoured to have been selected to represent the excellent community of researchers associated with the University of Manitoba at the 2014 inaugural TEDxUManitoba,” said Debbie Kelly, Canada Research Chair in Comparative Cognition and one of the many great presenters at TEDxUManitoba. “As I prepare for the November talks, it is a pleasure to interact with the organizing committee and my fellow speakers. We aim to make Manitoba proud!”

Showcasing the spirit of our unique community, TEDxUManitoba creates a space where we can discuss, debate and draw attention to all the great work being done at the University of Manitoba. This event is organized by a group of students and staff committed to spreading powerful ideas that use technology, entertainment or design in ways that challenge the status quo.

Speakers at the TEDxUManitoba event will include:

  • David G. Barber, Canada Research Chair in Arctic System Science
  • Johanna Hurme and Sasa Radulovic, founders of 5468796 design studio
  • Debbie Kelly, Canada Research Chair in Comparative Cognition
  • Michael Paterson, Chief Research Scientist, IISD – Experimental Lakes Area (ELA)
  • Cecil Rosner, CBC Manitoba Managing Editor
  • Ahmad Byagowi, PhD candidate in the department of electrical engineering at the U of M
  • Jacky Baltex, professor in the department of computer science
  • Emmanuel Ho, assistant professor in the faculty of health sciences
  • Brian O’Leary, superintendent of Seven Oaks School Division
  • Jeremy Strong, PhD candidate in the department of English, Film and Theatre

For the inaugural TEDxUManitoba event, only 100 attendees will be selected using the application available at The deadline to apply is October 10, 2014.

2 comments on “Ideas worth spreading

  1. Curious, hopeful attendee

    Is there really only space for 100 attendees, or is the inaugural event separate from the talks? If the former is the case, then does that mean the ratio of attendees:presenters is nearly 10:1? It is open to the public, or do students and/or staff get priority? Will it be broadcasted elsewhere?


  2. Eric Postma - Author

    Hi Curious Hopeful Attendee,

    Yes, there really is only space for 100 attendees (the inaugural event is the TEDxUManitoba event).
    Yes, very high ratio of attendees to presenters. This is very typical of a TEDx event.
    This event is primarily for UofM Students, Staff, Faculty and Alumni.
    The event will be recorded and posted online. There are some discussions about having a webcast available. Stay tuned!

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