OCT 13. 2018


TEDxUW is Back!

Thank you for joining us for another edition of TEDxUW. We’re going strong into our 8th consecutive year of showcasing some of the most insightful, creative, and amazing individuals from the Waterloo community.

Applications for TEDxUW are now open.


Founded in 2011, TEDxUW is the University of Waterloo's official TEDx experience. It is one in a series of 3,000+ events being held worldwide as part of the international TED movement to create open platforms for riveting ideas to be shared with the world.

With TEDxUW talks published on TED.com and ammassing over 5 million views on YouTube and other websites, TEDxUW continually triggers innovation in all corners of the globe beyond our conference date.

2018 Theme: MAKING WAVES

TEDxUW is back for another year, with another set of individuals to showcase for an audience of 600 delegates! For 2018, an amazing line-up of “wave-making” speakers are being brought to the TEDxUW stage, in line with the chosen theme for this year, Making Waves. Making Waves stems from TEDxUW’s focus for this year, in wanting to shine the spotlight on individuals that have gone one step beyond coming up with a great idea, they’ve actively engaged to make their idea into a reality..


Anh Le
Daniel Kwon

Speaker Relations

Sara Rushforth
Speaker Relations Director
Shreya Subramaniam
Speaker Relations Manager

Participant Experience

Michelle Liu
Participant Experience Director
Akshita Verma
Participant Relations Manager
Cindy Chen
Logistics Manager
Jasmine Patel
Participant Relations Manager


Jamie Su
Finance Director
Aravinth Krishnathas
Sponsorship Manager
Kevin Li
Sponsorship Manager
Yousif Majid
Sponsorship Manager

External Marketing

Eartha Phorson
External Marketing Director
Kevin Dayno
Social Media Manager
Kimberly D’Mello
Social Media Manager
Minahil Sheikh
Social Media Manager

Internal Marketing

Cindy Nguyen
Internal Marketing Director
Aakanksha Sharma
Content Manager
Derrek Chow
Web and UX Manager
Krystyna Oakman
Graphic Designer

Queenie Wu
Brand Manager

This year, TEDxUW is showcasing individuals within the Waterloo community who go beyond simply expressing an idea and are actively make it a reality. In a variety of fields and interests, they’re shaking things up. We call them the wave-makers.

Stay tuned for the big reveal!

2018 Speakers

Coming soon!

Past Talks

Competition Destroys Education
Hamid Tizhoosh — 2017

Artistic cartography: Creative ways to peel a globe
David Swart — 2017

Better Than Charity
Bruce Taylor — 2017

I’m home: How 10 years of travel helped me find belonging
Phil Cha — 2015

What makes you one in 7.5 billion
Jagneet Singh — 2015

The death of the resume
Dave Wilkin — 2013

Are we human or are we bacteria?
Josh Neufeld — 2013

The point where everything falls apart
Bill Thompson — 2012

No guts, no glory
Heather Moyse — 2012

Why you will fail to have a great career
Larry Smith — 2011

More sponsors coming soon!

Title Sponsor


Community Supporter

Interested in sponsoring?
Contact sponsorship@tedxuw.com

What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less.

What is 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 talk videos 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.)

When and where is TEDxUW happening?

TEDxUW will take place at Hagey Hall at the Unversity of Waterloo on Oct 13. 2018.

How can I attend TEDxUW?

We care about our audience just as much as we care about our speakers, we select 600 delegates for this conference. TEDxUW is looking for delegates who are passionate about all things TED and ideas worth spreading, individuals who are enthusiastic, driven, eager to meet individuals from various walks of life and eager to learn.

The application process consists of one simple application form with a couple of questions that you will need to answer. Applications are available here.

Why is there a fee to attend?

TEDxUW is a nonprofit organization. Our event is organized and run solely by a group of dedicated volunteers, and the money collected from ticket fees goes back to the conference to support costs for the venue, operations, food, and more. Charging a fee ensures TEDxUW programming to continue and expand to reach further audiences.

How can I sponsor?

Get in touch with us today by sending us an e-mail at sponsorship@tedxuw.com. Our sponsorship manager will get in touch with you as soon as possible with next steps.

More questions?

Contact us at info@tedxuw.com