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About the Event

For the third time since 2011, the University of Waterloo will be arranging an independently organized TEDx event. A satellite project of the popular TED movement, TEDx is designed to bring the experience of TED’s unique conference format to smaller communities, putting them in contact and conversation with the 300 million-plus viewers who comprise TED’s global audience.

The students of the University of Waterloo will play the leading role in producing the event. A cross-disciplinary team from a variety of academic backgrounds will combine efforts to organize what promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking conference.

It is difficult to imagine a more appropriate setting for a TED event. The University of Waterloo has long been recognized worldwide as a giant in the educational arena. It lays claim to the largest faculty of engineering in Canada, the number one psychology department in Canada (by citations), the largest actuarial science program in North America, as well as one of the largest concentrations of quantum information scientists in the world. In the twenty-two years that Maclean’s magazine has been ranking Canadian Universities, Waterloo has been rated “Best Overall” 18 times, and “Most Innovative” 22 times. Its international reputation is certainly well-deserved, and makes it a compelling site from which to promote “Ideas Worth Spreading”.

The University’s status as a leader in innovation comes with the responsibility that accompanies all leadership: to continue pushing forward, creating new spaces for sustainable growth and encouraging others to do the same. This year’s TEDx conference will provide another opportunity to do just that. For more information on TEDxUW, or to join our team as a volunteer, get in touch at info@tedxuw.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter

The 2014 installment of TEDxUW will take place at the Tannery Event Centre, right next to Communitech in the historical Tannery site in Kitchener. This beautiful, innovative space was constructed in 2010 as a part of provincial and national government initiatives designed to encourage economic growth and job production. Dedicated to world-leading collaboration and innovation, the site is a clubhouse where key players from all sectors of the Canadian digital business world can collaborate.

The Tannery Event Centre is an ideal conference site. The renovated mill combines the charm of its historical roots with modern design to provide a one-of-a-kind space perfect for the type of event TEDx has become famous for.

As for Communitech itself, the Waterloo-based company was founded in 1997, and has since supported the growth of close to 1,000 tech companies, ranging from small startups to large multinationals. They provide businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the region with access to business/tech-related coaching and mentoring, capital, development opportunities, networking avenues and more. Communitech hosts more than fifty events per year. Many of these provide representatives from local and provincial startups the opportunity to showcase their ideas and pitch them to potential investors. Communitech also provides seminars in various formats designed to allow successful entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors to educate and inform those interested in the development of tech-business on a local, provincial, and national level.

Communitech’s vision and celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit is exactly in keeping with the goals and ideals promoted by every TED and TEDx conference. We are ecstatic to be fortunate enough to present TEDxUW in collaboration with this group.