Friday, March 04, 2011

TEDxWaterloo 2011


What a massive brain-gasm.

Yesterday, I had the most extreme pleasure of attending TEDXWaterloo. The BIGGEST TEDx event EVER. How cool is that? There were something like 1000 people in the building.

I could right 1000s of words on this event but in the interest in keeping your attention I'm just going to give you some highlights. If you want a serious review, I have 16 pages of notes I can send you. Seriously.

Highlight 1: The Venue. Hosted at Centre in the Square, it was beautiful, comfortable, and has the most brilliant acoustics. An awesome space for the show and an awesome space for mingling and partying.

Highlight 2: The people. I swear every person that I love from KW was there, and more.

Highlight 3 & 4: The breaks, and the FOOD on the breaks. The breaks were long and gave ample time to talk to everyone. THE FOOD. My god, the food. Firstly there was so much so I never felt bad for taking a good helping. The quality of food was like nothing I've seen at any conference. Gelato, popcorn machine, homemade chocolates, schnitzel sandwiches, nacho station with fresh toppings. So much good quality, fresh, amazing food. Massive kudos to all involved in the catering!!!

Highlight 5: Michael Nielson - delivered speech on 'Open Science' and the idea of sharing data and collecting intelligence. The line that stuck with me was "publicly funded science should be available to all". I made me consider how bitchy we can get when we start discussing intellectual property and what we could accomplish if we all collaborated openly.

Highlight 6: JF Carrey - delivered speech on being the youngest Canadian to climb Everest at age 24. Hello hotty! Bet seriously, he was so relaxed and spoke very well. He was very easy to listen to. He told a pretty incredible story of how he prepared for the climb and then the climb itself. He showed one of the most terrifying pictures ever of his boot on a ladder across a massively deep chasm. His resonating lines were "Enjoy the journey", "Passion is contagious" and "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time".

Highlight 7: Vicki Keith - delivered speech on marathon swimming and her greatest accomplishments. She said her favourite thing to do is coach and helped coach a young girl who had lost a portion of all of her limbs to swim 20km across Lake Erie (err... I think). She also talked about swimming across Lake Ontario and what a brutal experience it was. At one point she swam in the same spot for 4 hours as the water was so rough so she made no forward progress. The resonating line from her was to aim HUGE and celebrate the steps you make towards that massive goal. Like really - who thinks swimming 80km non-stop is attainable?? This girl.

Highlight 8: Edwin Outwater & Rebel Music - this guy is seriously cool and we are seriously lucky to have him as a member of our community. He had a string quartet on stage with him and demonstrated how classical music is the ultimate rebel music today as it's the opposite of what's popular. It tends to be quiet, more serious, slower, etc. His closing statement was "What is the next soundtrack of the rebellion and will we be a part of it?"

For a full list of the speakers you can go here.

For Darin's comments & pics you can go here.

Comments from the WR Record are here.

Comments from IQC (a sponsor!!) are here.

Notes from organizer & sponsor Cutegecko are here.

Awesome notes & photos from Trevor Haldenby are here.

Photos from Christine Reid are here.

Thoughts from my friend Patrick are here.

Recap from Stephanie Rozek is here.

Ok I think I've said too much now... the show was awesome, the food was awesome, the after-party was awesome. I can honestly say this was one of the most inspirational and exciting events I've ever been to. Way to go TEDxWaterloo team! Massive success.

1 comment:

  1. You can never say too much about how awesome TEDxWaterloo was. Excellent post, I might have to borrow your notes, some co-workers are asking for a recap of the event :-)