TEDxSFU is an annual conference promoting ideas worth spreading, organized entirely by student and alumni volunteers at Simon Fraser University. Although the event is licensed by TED, we are an independently organized event. Join us on September 21, 2013 for our third annual conference themed "Make It Yours" at SFU Theatre - Simon Fraser University Burnaby Campus.

We love this #TEDxSFU collage made by @cruzkv! He definitely made it his own #regram

We love this #TEDxSFU collage made by @cruzkv! He definitely made it his own #regram

TEDxTuesday: Michael Park, Co-Founder of Art Song Lab

TEDxTuesday is a weekly installment featuring a new TEDxSFU 2013 speaker leading up to the annual conference on September 21 at the SFU Theatre - Burnaby Campus. 

The entire conference will be available via LiveStream on tedxsfu.com on Saturday, September 21st from 9 AM - 5 PM (PST).

As a creator of musical productions and works, Michael Park knows that when you listen to music, there always exists the opportunity to make it yours. From identifying with a certain tune to declaring a song “yours”, there is a certain ownership and connection we make with the notes that surround us.   

As a composer with a keen interest in speech, humour, and collaboration, Michael is co-founder of Art Song Lab and has written for choirs, singers, pianists, and chamber ensembles. Michael is also a pianist who regularly performs his own works, and those of his colleagues. Find him at www.michaelpark.ca.

TEDXTUESDAY: CHUCK HAMILTON OF IBM’S CENTER FOR ADVANCED LEARNING

TEDxTuesday is a weekly installment featuring a new TEDxSFU 2013 speaker leading up to the annual conference on September 21 at the SFU Theatre - Burnaby Campus. 

The entire conference will be available via LiveStream on tedxsfu.com on Saturday, September 21st from 9 AM - 5 PM (PST).

Chuck Hamilton is a member of IBM’s Center For Advanced Learning team, in the role of Global Mentoring, Social Learning and Smart Play Program Leader.  His work focuses on the intersections of Learning, People and Technology with a particular emphasis on organizational effectiveness, sharing and change.

Chuck is also an Associate Professor for the Masters of Digital Media Program at the Center for Digital Media in Vancouver Canada.

Articles about Chuck’s work have appeared in Fast Company, Talent Management Magazine, Meetings and Incentive Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Canadian Business and Globe & Mail. Feel free to connect with Chris on Twitter at @CHamiltonatplay 
Goodie bags & lanyards are ready…getting stoked! #makeityours #21days

Goodie bags & lanyards are ready…getting stoked! #makeityours #21days

TEDxTUESDAY: Chris Giannakos of Revolver Coffee

TEDxTuesday is a weekly installment featuring a new TEDxSFU 2013 speaker leading up to the annual conference on September 21 at the SFU Theatre - Burnaby Campus.

The entire conference will be available via a livestream on tedxsfu.com on Saturday September 21st from 10:00am - 5:00pm (Pacific Standard Time). 


As the Director of Coffee for acclaimed Gastown coffee house Revolver, Chris Giannakos knows a thing or two about your morning cup of joe. Hailing from the local cafe-royalty responsible for West Vancouver’s incredibly successful Cafe Crema, Chris and his brothers opened Revolver after over 5 years of working in the coffee industry and visiting countless renowned international cafes. 

Conducting a blind taste test each week, Chris ensures that only the best beans are being served to Revolver’s customers for maximum flavour exploration. Called Vancouver’s “gorgeous chapel dedicated to the art of coffee-making” by Vancouver Magazine, Revolver focuses on two things: coffee and the experience that goes with it. With every unique cup of coffee, Chris and the Giannakos clan go above and beyond to make it yours.

Connect with Chris over your morning coffee at Revolver (325 Cambie St./ Twitter: @revolver_coffee) or find him on Twitter at @GI_Spro 

TEDXTUESDAY: SHELLEY GRUENDLER OF TYPE CAMP

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TEDxTuesday is a weekly installment featuring a new TEDxSFU 2013 speaker leading up to the annual conference on September 21 at the SFU Theatre - Burnaby Campus. 

Apply to attend now until August 16th at www.tedxsfu.com.

The extraordinary Dr. Shelley Gruendler is a typographer, designer, and educator who teaches, lectures, and publishes internationally on typography and design. She holds a PhD and an MA in The History and Theory of Typography and Graphic Communication from the University of Reading, England and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University, United States.

Shelley has presented at TypoBerlin, ATypI, TypeCon, and How; has published articles in /Communication Arts, How, Slanted,/ and /Step/; and has judged international typography for /Communication Arts/ and Canadian book design for the Alcuin Society. When she is not traveling the world as the founding director of Type Camp International, she is proud to live in the Canadian Typographic Archipelago. Using typography as a tool to personalize the creative process, Shelley knows the irreplaceable role of design as you make it yours! Get to know Shelley at @dr_shelley 

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TEDxSFU presents MAKE IT YOURS

Apply to attend before it’s too late! Deadline is this Friday, August 16.

Design your own path. Cultivate your passion. Succeed in tangible strides.

Join us for our annual conference on September 21 at SFU Theatre - Simon Fraser University Burnaby Campus.

We have increased the conference capacity to 400 seats…that means we have 4x more seats to fill this year, and we would like to put your name on one!

Your speakers are:

John Nightingale, Vancouver Aquarium

Igor Faletski, Mobify

Leigh Boyle, The Lipstick Project

Jane Langton, Sexual Health Educator

Amal Graafstra, Double RFID Implantee

Stephanie Ostler, Devil May Wear

Kahlil Ashanti, Receipt Nest

Shelley Gruendler, TypeCamp

Chris Giannakos, Revolver Coffee

Richard Smith, SFU Communication

with performers

For more information and to apply, please visit www.tedxsfu.com.

(To access the application form directly, visit http://bit.ly/14yPUdM)

If you cannot attend, the entire event will be live streamed, and talks will be available to view online after the conference.

TEDxTuesday: Kahlil Ashanti of ReceiptNest.com

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TEDxTuesday is a weekly installment featuring a new TEDxSFU 2013 speaker leading up to the annual conference on September 21 at the SFU Theatre - Burnaby Campus. 

Apply to attend now at www.tedxsfu.com.

As an entrepreneur, actor, writer, and producer, Kahlil Ashanti has mastered the Vancouverite skill of balance.  Best known for his critically acclaimed solo show, Basic Training, his multi-lingual work in theatre has earned him several awards including the NY Times Critics Pick and a Broadway Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance. Basic Training has been optioned for television development by Barry Josephson (Bones, Enchanted, Men In Black) and Lowell Mate (Everybody Loves Raymond, Roseanne) and will be green-lit as a series this summer.

Recently selected for Cirque Du Soleil as a character actor, Kahlil is constantly searching for opportunities to be a part of life giving projects that are bigger than all of us. As co-founder of VC funded ReceiptNest.com, he found himself knee deep in the tech world, surrounded by people who wanted to tell their stories in compelling ways.

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Applications to attend TEDxSFU 2013: Make It Yours are open NOW.
For more information and to apply, please visit www.tedxsfu.com.
P.S. Applicants accepted before August 5th are eligible for early bird tickets. Please visit www.tedxsfu.com/#menu-faq for more details.

Applications to attend TEDxSFU 2013: Make It Yours are open NOW.

For more information and to apply, please visit www.tedxsfu.com.

P.S. Applicants accepted before August 5th are eligible for early bird tickets. Please visit www.tedxsfu.com/#menu-faq for more details.

TEDxTuesday: Stephanie Ostler of Devil May Wear

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TEDxTuesday is a weekly installment featuring a new TEDxSFU 2013 speaker leading up to the annual conference on September 21 at the SFU Theatre - Burnaby Campus.

Apply to attend now at www.tedxsfu.com.

Those who peruse the hip-and-happening sidewalks of Main Street may recognize our next speaker. Stephanie is the founder and designer of Devil May Wear where she endeavours to make clothing better for our bodies, our world, and our wallets without sacrificing self expression.

Exploring the conflicts of sustainability and the challenges of running a local business has led her to realize that just making eco-friendly products isn’t good enough. She believes that in order to have the option to buy sustainable goods, we must take care of our local economy or else we will exclusively be faced with the challenge of survival. Get to know Stephanie at @DevilMayWear.

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