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TEDxUTSC will reorder the ordinary

TEDxUTSC co-chair Karen Young thinks UTSC is an ideal place to spread ideas worth spreading.

A year of hard work will culminate in UTSC’s first ever TEDx event tomorrow, as a dozen speakers address the conference theme “Reorder the Ordinary.”

TEDx is an offshoot of the popular TED (Technology, Education and Design) conferences, which promote innovative speakers and ideas. TEDx conferences are independent ventures, but are licensed by the TED organization.

“TEDx UTSC is really a perfect opportunity,” says Karen Young, co-chair of the event. “With a close-knit campus like ours, it’s so easy to share ideas. It’s so easy to leverage the closeness of our community to spread these ideas worth spreading.”

Speakers will come from both inside and outside the UTSC community. They will include digital thinker and musician David Shing, and entrepreneur and motivational speaker Bobby Umar. Faculty speakers include UTSC psychology professor Steve Joordens and Leslie Chan, associate director of UTSC’s Centre for Critical Development Studies. Alumni include ecological activist Emily Hunter and personal finance expert and Oprah Winfrey Network host Preet Banerjee.

Young and her fellow team members Sheharyar Raza and Samantha Chiu began organizing the event a year ago, putting together a team, recruiting partners, and lining up speakers. The university has been on board, providing expertise on the event’s advisory board and helping with organization.

Anyone hoping to attend the event who doesn’t already have a ticket is out of luck – all 100 spots are taken. But the event will be available on a live stream from the TEDx website.

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