Tuesday, 30 September 2014

TEDxRedDeer Speakers Announced!

TEDxRedDeer is back in 2014 for its third anniversary - and the 30th anniversary of the full TED Conference that originated in California!

On November 22, 2014, from 10am to 5pm, a diverse range of speakers, entertainers, and participants will gather at the City Centre Stage in downtown Red Deer to hear eight individuals deliver a TEDx talk on the theme of ‘Pushing Boundaries’. Speakers include:

  • Allan Baile - Teacher, Aspen Heights Elementary
  • Jason Foui - Radio DJ and Business Owner 
  • Dr. Dave Cartledge - Veterinarian
  • Cabel McElderry - Retired Personal Trainer and Business Owner
  • April Reeves - Local Farmer and Business Owner
  • Robert Saik - Professional Agrologist and Business Owner
  • Michelle Salt - Paralympian - Team Canada (snowboard) 
  • Tara Veer - Mayor of Red Deer

TEDxRedDeer License holder, Rene Michalak explains, “TED events have become so popular that communities can now apply for a TED event license and bring the experience of “ideas worth spreading” to their own town; the addition of the “x” denotes a locally organized event. The theme for the third TEDxRedDeer builds on the 2011's ‘Connecting’, and 2013's ‘Shut Up and Do It’.

Community interest in TEDxRedDeer has been widespread since the inaugural year, garnering interest from business, the social service sector, education, and arts and culture groups - all interested in contributing to Red Deer’s future.

Applications to be a speaker or performer were posted at TEDxRedDeer.com with a deadline of Aug 1 this year. Since then, eight speakers and three entertainers have been confirmed for the 2014 event and will be posted at TEDxRedDeer.com throughout the first week of October. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale at the Black Knight Ticket Centre in early October with approximately 200 tickets available at $50 each and 100 student tickets at $25 each thanks to event sponsors Servus Credit Union, Red Deer College, Dale Carnegie Training, and more to come! 

Stay tuned for the online speaker profiles as we're proud to welcome some of Red Deer's well-known citizens and up-and-comers to the TEDxRedDeer stage.”, says Michalak.

TEDx events are independently locally organized events operating under a program of TED - a small organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. TED’s annual conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes (or less). Their talks are then made available, for free, on TED.com. TEDx events provide people in local communities with a TED like experience.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

First Cut of Speakers & Entertainers Selected!

UPDATE: The first cut of Speakers and Entertainers has been selected for TEDxRedDeer 2014 - stay tuned for official details soon! With 2014 being the 30th Anniversary of the TED Conference - and the third TEDxRedDeer - we are presenting with a theme of "Pushing Boundaries" and planning to have an audience of 300 people. Tickets to go on sale in October!

In the meantime, save the date of Saturday, November 22 at the City Centre Stage (former Uptown Theater) in Red Deer!

Saturday, 2 November 2013

TEDx Red Deer 2014 - Call for Speakers & Entertainers!

The call for speakers and entertainers at the 2014 TEDx Red Deer event is now open!

And the theme for 2014 is "Pushing Boundaries"...

“The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment.” - Pema Chodron

In 2011, TEDxRedDeer connected people with ideas worth spreading. In 2013, TEDxRedDeer moved beyond talking to share ideas worth supporting. And now in 2014 (the 30th Anniversary of the TED Conference!) TEDxRedDeer is pushing the boundaries of what it means to innovate and thrive in the 21st Century!

Each of us has a story to tell. And the best stories come about when we find the courage to not be content with the status quo, to leave our comfort zone, extend our frontiers, and experiment with abandon. This is a chance to share your story of how you pushed boundaries, how you made life more interesting, invented something remarkable or noteworthy, or experienced a profound sense of learning something new!

In addition to inspiring speakers, jaw-dropping entertainment is a tradition of TED conferences. And TEDx events are no exception. Entertainment comes in all forms and can include music, dance, solo or group performances, comedy, theatrical, etc.  If you have a talent that is sure to impress, please apply to perform. Here's a sample of TED-esque entertainment, and another, and another... hee-hee!

If you're at the initial stages of crafting your story check out these great TED Talks on how to tell a good story.

Application deadline is August 1, 2014

To access the Speaker and Entertainer Application click HERE.

To access the Speaker and Entertainer Release form click HERE.

If you aren't sure if you want to apply but would like more information, please check out www.TED.com and www.TEDx.com or contact us at info@tedxreddeer.com

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

TEDx Red Deer Videos Now Live!

Alright! Thanks to Calvin Bellows and the team at Exposure Productions, here are the soon to be infamous TEDx Red Deer talks from May 24, 2013 at the Red Deer College!

Shut Up & Do It - moving from ideas worth spreading to action worth supporting!

Rob Aronson - Spread The Love

Monika Bolin - Mobile Dialysis

Emily Falk - B.R.I.T.E - Founding Chapter of the Global Enrichment Foundation

Brad Rabiey - The Carbon Farmer

Thursday, 13 June 2013

TEDx Red Deer 2013 Photos

What a great return to the stage for TEDx Red Deer!

A great big thank you to all of the Speakers, Entertainers, Sponsors, Volunteers and Professionals that made this event a magical success.

We honored the 2011 event and gave a sneak peak into TEDx Red Deer 2014 alongside the 30th Anniversary of the main TED Conference (happening in Vancouver and Whistler BC)! Stay tuned for more updates soon!

(Photos courtesy of Charity Briere)


Tuesday, 21 May 2013

TEDx Entertainers Set to Take the Stage!

As if the 2013 TEDx Red Deer line-up of speakers wasn't enough reason to get your tickets, we've just confirmed four great entertainers for the evening!

CorryBoys Music - Jackson and Samuel Corry


Jackson and Samuel Corry love making music and sharing it with others. These bluegrass brothers are passionate about fiddling and also play guitar, mandolin, banjo and keyboard. They enjoy being active and outside so old time fiddle and bluegrass camps are their favourite places to be. These up-and-coming performers are pleased to kick off TEDx Red Deer 2013!

Ruth Purves-Smith

Leaving the comforts of country living alone with two children to chart out a path in the music scene was bound to be a challenge. This wouldn't stop Ruth. Having charted at #69 on CKUA's Top 100, garnered licensing to MTV, and gathered all rave reviews Internationally, Ruth Purves-Smith is a gem of Central Alberta's Original Music Scene. Ruth will wander you through places & tales of darkness and light, as did the Bards of old. Set to release her second full length album in Fall 2013, she is in full stride performing, writing, recording, and promoting her diverse brand of Alberta Music.

Shiv Shanks

Where does one start to describe this unpretentious outsider artist you’ve likely never heard of? He’s created his own unique blues by the ‘scenic route,’ teaching himself to play after digesting old ‘20s thru ‘50s blues cats, prior to discovering Zappa and Beefheart in junior high, and then was influenced by a recording of Indian snake charmer music. His job history provides enlightening life stories and song fodder galore. His moniker came from pro wrestling prior to working as a janitor at a strip club, then making sausages, being an adult video store clerk and then support worker. He spent time as a mixed martial arts cage fighter ‘back before it was cool or popular’ (he knocked out a pro kick boxer in 32 seconds in his first fight and got beat up in front of 6000 people his second). All the while, he wrote lyrics (‘like taking notes beamed into his brain’) on bits of napkin and his own skin, forming the duo Old Busted Bones - who he says ‘were as popular as a flying saucer cult and more elusive than the Lock Ness monster’ - in 2008 as a creative outlet. His one-man guitar and percussion format eliminates band squabbling and is the happy result of 20 years of penning songs, many in a tiny cabin in the woods.