The Past Revisited
Missed one? Here you’ll find full playlists of all our past conferences. Take a look at the fantastic ideas that Ryerson University has to offer.
Inspiring Your Future
We gathered creative and innovative speakers from our community, including students, faculty and alumni from all fields and industries. At TEDxRyersonU, they inspired the diverse attendee populace and spread ideas that might very well have the ability to change our lives. The event showcased the talent that Ryerson has nurtured and produced, giving our diverse group of attendees a chance to expand their knowledge of developments in different areas beyond just their own.
This year, we want our community to think about the future. It’s time to stop thinking within the confinements of old rules, and see the incredible results that can be accomplished by thinking with new discoveries and thinking without rules, or as we’d like call it: Think Forward.
TEDxRyersonU celebrates those who have grasped an abstract idea and transformed it into a tangible reality. This year, we went beyond ideation, brainstorming and conceptualization. Our goal was to showcase those who have defied the odds and brought their ideas and dreams to life, with the help of passion and perspiration.
361 Degrees: A New Angle
361 Degrees: A New Angle is about that point at which passion and inspiration conspire to lead us in a direction new to us in search of innovative solutions to age-old problems. In this theme, TEDxRyersonU 2013 aims to challenge your perceptions, providing new and dynamic ways in which we can all interact with ideas that are actively changing the world around us.
Human action, invention, and creation is far more than the end result. It is a symphony of speculative melodies, set against the harmony of established truths. But the most important part of any symphony is the echo it leaves behind: the strongest traces of the past that clashed with the present, alters the future, and demonstrates the incredible complexity of the idea as a catalyst that reverberates forever.
American neuroscientist Gregory Berns defines the word “iconoclast” as “ a person who does something that others say can’t be done”. Although the word’s etymology hints at a more sinister and destructive past, its definition has since morphed into something simple and clear: one that is brave enough to question and challenge orthodox beliefs. Over the past 100 years, daredevils and risk takers from varying fields have changed the world with radical ideas. From Elon Musk, who aims to make space travel accessible to everyone, to Rosa Parks, whose defiant behaviour on a bus brought the Civil Rights movement to the forefront. TEDxRyersonU is here to present the ideas at Ryerson University that confront long-standing traditions!