Ideas Worth Spreading Across Hamilton And Beyond

(Hamilton, Ontario – December 19, 2019) On December 13, individuals from all walks of life and ages gathered at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre at McMaster University for TEDxMcMasterU, a community event that featured inspiring presentations and talks focused around the theme of “Ambition”. A total of 11 business leaders, academics, artists, athletes and activists took centre stage to share their experience and perspectives on the power of ambition and how they have harnessed it in their personal lives and professional careers.

Among the speakers included former UFC Fighter Jeff Joslin, XPRIZE Winner Dylan Horvath, SmartCane teenage CEO Riya Karumanchi, Top 40 under 40 honouree Narinder Dhami, and Dr. Maureen MacDonald, Dean of Science and Professor at McMaster University.

“On behalf of TEDxMcMasterU, we want to extend our sincerest thanks to all the speakers, partners, volunteers, attendees and McMaster University for making this event a success,” said Derek Thong and Charmaine Tsang, Co-Chairs of TEDxMcMasterU. “We’re fortunate to have received so much support from the community and hope that we will be able to bring this event back to Hamilton next year and for many more years to come.”

TEDxMcMasterU is a non-profit organization entirely run by volunteers. The organization’s goal is to bring together thought leaders and members of the community to share ideas that are worth spreading.

“Congratulations to the organizing committee and all the volunteers who made TEDxMcMasterU so successful. It was an honour to share the stage at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre with so many ambitious optimists,” said Dr. Maureen MacDonald, Dean, Faculty of Science at McMaster University.

All TEDxMcMasterU presentations were recorded and will be available for replay in 2020.

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About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on and other platforms. Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 are published to TED's podcast TED Talks Daily, available on all podcast platforms.


TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also has a growing library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, WorkLife with Adam Grant, TED en Español and Sincerely, X.


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