Presenting TEDxMcGill - Talks for Tomorrow


Independently organized TED event hosted and organized by McGill students on Nov. 5

Imagine some of McGill's most fascinating and engaging speakers - undergrads, graduate students, alums or academics  - coming together for one day to share their passions and visions for the world while inspiring others to take their ideas beyond the campus and out into the world....

On Nov. 5, as part of the TEDx program (where x = independently organized event), TEDxMcGill: Talks for Tomorrow will embrace the powerful TED (Technology Entertainment Design) experience through short live talks and TEDTalk videos. It will act as a platform for visionary ideas from the McGill community while inviting the audience to be part of a deep and wide-ranging discussion.

WHAT: TEDxMcGILL, hosted by Akoha CEO, Austin Hill

WHEN: Nov. 5, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Montreal Neurological Institute, 3801 University St., Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre. (The event will also be live-streamed on


- Neuroscience masters student Mohammed Ashour introduces a break-through idea to address economic and health issues with aging populations in a feasible, voluntary way.

- Architecture masters student Ellen Bleiwas bridges art and architecture for a discussion of innovative non-commercial public spaces that infiltrate the urban fabric year-round.

- Engineering undergraduate Max Finder promotes student start-ups and redirects our attention to the hidden value of building ties with fresh entrepreneurial communities.

- Computer Science masters student Jan Florjanczyk dazzles us with the mind-blowing theories behind black holes, while relating this extreme physics to our everyday lives.

- Psychology and Classical Trumpet student Aaron Kahn breaks down the illusory barrier between classical and popular music and examines society's collective need for music.

- Game theory undergrad whiz Artem Kaznatcheev proposes that the evolution of co-operation is leading us into a fragmented world.

- Management and Neurology professor Karl Moore exposes us to modern and post-modern management styles, enlightening our understanding of how decisions are made.

- McGill alum and co-founder of the Just for Laughs comedy festival, Andy Nulman, jolts our imaginations with a sharp look at the unsung and underutilized role of surprise.

- McGill Daily columnist Sana Saeed transports us with her powerful writing, proving that the more avenues we create to be public as a society, the more private we become as individuals.

- Joint professor in Geography and Environment Renée Sieber demonstrates how technology, data gathering and mapping are packed with potential for us to understand our changing world.

- Philosophy of math researcher Katherine Skosnik zooms in on the way that societies - past and present - approach the number zero, and how our valuation of zero will define our future.

- Linguistics undergraduate Adam Stikuts calls us out on the over-use of "like" in common dialogue, and asks us whether this leads to degradation in language or accepted change.

- McGill Microbiology professor Brian J. Ward exposes his research on vaccines immunology and what key steps we will need to make in the future.

TEDxMcGill is independently organized under license from TED, and is a McGill student initiative. TED is a small nonprofit founded in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. The diverse audience - CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists - is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.

Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, Calif., and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year's TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.

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Please note that seating is limited. Those interested in attending should email tedxmcgill [at] to register.

Contact Information

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