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Spokesperson for TEDxWaterloo is:

Ramy Nassar

Co-Director, TEDxWaterloo

ramy at tedxwaterloo.com

519 591 7147

Other media inquiries contact: Jasmine at tedxwaterloo.com 

September 18, 2013

TEDxWaterloo to be re-imagined

Organizers put activities on hiatus to update and re-imagine community event

Waterloo, ON (September 18, 2013) After eight successful events in four years, TEDxWaterloo organizers have announced they will take a break to accommodate personal commitments in 2014 and evaluate and re-imagine its annual day-long event and its auxiliary salons and adventures. Since 2010, TEDxWaterloo’s annual spring conference has brought together leading thinkers and noted change-makers to inspire local audiences.

“We decided at our annual strategy meeting to take a hiatus to allow our core team to pursue global opportunities,” said Ramy Nassar, TEDxWaterloo Co-Director.  “Like many sabbaticals, we also thought it was a great opportunity to step back and take a look at our events and explore ways to improve and grow them.  It’s the ideal time for our team to re-invent the TEDxWaterloo experience for the entire community.”

TEDxWaterloo is a volunteer-powered annual local event that brings local, national and internationally noted thinkers and do-ers to Waterloo Region to share their ideas on a wide range of topics with a diverse, assembled audience.  Since 2011, TEDxWaterloo has transformed Kitchener’s Centre in the Square into a day-long intellectual, societal and conversational hotspot for up to 1500 people. The conference has featured talks by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Izzeldin Abuelaish, physicist Michael Nielson, award-winning graphic artist Scott Chantler, neuroscientist and brain simulator-builder Chris Eliasmith, marathon swimmer Vicki Keith, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Chief Engineer Rob Manning, broadcaster and advertising guru Terry O’Reilly, and world-renowned conductor Edwin Outwater.

TEDx events are a global phenomenon, designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. Since launching in 2009, more than 5,000 TEDx events have taken place worldwide. TEDxWaterloo was one of the first TEDx events held in North America.

“The Waterloo region came together to support us from the very beginning in 2010 and since then, hundreds of people who believe in TED’s mission of ‘ideas worth spreading’ gave their time and energy.  Without them, TEDxWaterloo could never have happened,” says Matt Gorbet, TEDxWaterloo Co-Director.  “Our speakers are always blown away by the professionalism and the production value of TEDxWaterloo events. We have every reason to be proud of our community and our volunteers.”

“At this point it’s too soon to announce our return date, but we will let our supporters, followers and community know our plans.  We know people will miss their 2014 TEDxWaterloo experience from both participant and volunteer perspectives.  The Region has other TEDx events such as TEDxUW and TEDxLaurierUniversity,” added Nassar. “The TEDx spirit is global and we encourage people to attend as many TEDx events as they can. There are also currently more than 20 TEDx events scheduled in Ontario in the next (10) months.”

Additional information about TEDxWaterloo, or to access TEDxWaterloo Talks, please visit its website at www.tedxwaterloo.com, follow its Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/TEDxWaterloo or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TEDxWaterloo.

 

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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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. Started as a four-day conference in California 29 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Edinburgh, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, and on Facebook at facebook.com/TED. For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration

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Media Contact:

Ramy Nassar

Co-Director, TEDxWaterloo

ramy@tedxwaterloo.com

519 591 7147

 

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January 15, 2013

TEDxWaterloo announces its first slate of speakers for March 27 event

Speakers and performers stimulate mind-bending conversations by exploring what to means to be “chasingHome”

Waterloo, Ontario (15 January 2013) TEDxWaterloo, the forum that brings local, national and international thought leaders and creative sparks to Waterloo Region announces its speaker line-up for its fourth annual event.  The conference’s theme is “Chasing Home” and will take place on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Kitchener’s Centre In the Square and Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.

“We are fully exploring our theme by including ideas about our home from the big picture that encompass space, as well as ideas about what is happening inside our bodies and what happens in more intimate home-based relationships,” says Angela Pause, TEDxWaterloo Co-Curator.

16 speakers and performers will each take the stage to an assembled audience of 1500, to talk about what it means to be chasingHome.  Their viewpoints will explore efforts and motivations ranging from the deeply personal and societal to the scientific and technological, to shed light and present ideas to be considered, shared and discussed.

Included in this, the fourth annual TEDxWaterloo event are:

  • Rob Manning, chief engineer Mars Curiosity program
  • Emma Allen-Vercoe, University of Guelph microbial ecologist and robogut creator
  • Mag Ruffman, Canadian writer, actress and building contractor
  • Noel Biderman, founder of AshleyMadison.com

See all the speakers here http://tedxwaterloo.com/speakers

In total 11 of 16 speakers and performers are being announced today.  Additional performers will be announced in February.

Audience application process open from January 15-31

TEDxWaterloo is open to anyone interested in attending the day-long event. To be selected, individuals must first complete an online form that explains to the TEDxWaterloo team why they want to attend the event.   The form can be found on http://tedxwaterloo.com/attend-2013/

“We do this to ensure we have an audience that is willing to be a participant in the day and to engage with (but not necessarily agree with) the ideas that are shared on that day,” says Ramy Nassar, Co-Director of TEDxWaterloo. “It’s a completely anonymous procedure, we don’t know who is applying, and we just go by the passion and enthusiasm they show on their application.”

Fourth annual event

Begun in 2009, TEDxWaterloo quickly established itself as one of the global leaders in bringing TED’s spirit to a local community.  TED is the US-based not-for-profit devoted to ideas worth spreading from the worlds of Technology, Entertainment and Design.    Since 2009, TEDx organisations, TED’s community-based program, have created more than 5000 of these idea-spreading gatherings globally, in rural communities and major centres.

“TEDxWaterloo was one of the first of these worldwide conferences and it has become one of the largest and most successful anywhere,” says Ramy Nassar, Co-Director of TEDxWaterloo. “People living here value new ideas and they want to be engaged in what the rest of the world is thinking and doing.”

Additional information about TEDxWaterloo, as well as complete speaker biographies can be found on its website at www.tedxwaterloo.com

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Media Contact:

Ramy Nassar
Co-Director, TEDxWaterloo
ramy at tedxwaterloo.com
519 591 7147
 
 
 

November 14, 2012

TEDxWaterlooWomen hosts The Space Between

Waterloo, Ontario (November 14, 2012)—TEDxWaterlooWomen will host The Space Between on Saturday, December 1 at the CIGI Campus Auditorium, 57 Erb Street West in Waterloo from 10:00am-4:00pm.  Participants and speakers will explore how women see the spectrum of greys that lie between the black and white of issues and ideas.

The event mixes TEDxWomen’s live streamed presentations from The Paley Center for Media in Washington D.C. with talks from local presenters, Carol Leaman and Shohini Ghose. The event is open to all.  Tickets are $35 per person, including lunch and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Tickets can be purchased at http://tedxwaterloowomen-eorgf.eventbrite.com/#

Go to http://tedxwaterloo.com/tedxwaterloowomen/ for more information.

Media Contact:

Elle Pyke
TEDxWaterlooWomen
elle@tedxwaterloo.com
 
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September 24, 2012

TEDxWaterloo welcomes volunteers

Waterloo (September 24)—TEDxWaterloo’s All Call for Volunteers Night is on

Tuesday October 2 at Waterloo’s Accelerator Centre at 295 Hagey Boulevard,

from 6:30pm-8:00pm. There are plenty of ways to join the team and help to bring

innovative and inspiring presenters to the Region. In addition to the main

speaking series, volunteers are needed for the new TEDxYouth@Waterloo

event. Go to www.tedxwaterloo.com or email volunteer@tedxwaterloo.com for

more information.

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We’ve been tracking our media coverage for TEDxWaterlooWomen 2012

(If you know of more media coverage, blog, etc, send us an email via our contact us page!)

http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/842877–international-women-s-conference-coming-to-waterloo-saturday

 Media coverage from TEDxWaterloo 2012: DIS CONNECTED

(If you know of more media coverage, blog, etc, send us an email via our contact us page!)

http://www.kitchenerpost.ca/whats-on/miss-connected/

http://www.kitchenerpost.ca/news/ted-brings-ideas-to-life/

http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/690766–tedxwaterloo-connects-with-crowd-of-1-500

http://colliersink.com/2012/03/23/my-first-time-at-tedx-waterloo/

http://thinkdifferently.ca/differently/rethink-whats-possible/

http://janetbarclay.com/2012/03/22/do-you-know-ted/

http://jaymis.net/2012/03/22/tedxwaterloo-2012/

http://www.exchangemagazine.com/morningpost/2012/week12/Thursday/12032211.htm

http://www.570news.com/news/local/article/343110–tedxwaterloo-happening-today

http://makebright.com/2012/03/tedxwaterloo-2012-was-a-great-time/#more-353

http://christinereidphotoblog.com/2012/03/tedxwaterloo-2012-dis-connected/

http://stevesugrim.zenfolio.com/p1059125244

http://www.rqmagazine.com/2012/03/22/tedxwaterloo-2012/

http://asadchishti.tumblr.com/post/19773729459/tedxwaterloo

http://sign-depot.on.ca/?p=1303

http://designbyhumphreys.com/blog/?p=108

http://mcluhansghost.wordpress.com/tag/tedxwaterloo/

http://machteldfaasxander.com/2012/03/26/we-went-to-tedxwaterloo-part-1/

http://machteldfaasxander.com/2012/03/

http://thebenchtheatre.com/ted-interdependence-and-blue-pants/  (Shannon Blake writes about her TEDxWaterloo talk)

http://www.lisamorrismurray.com/2012/03/22/march-21-2012-tedx-waterloo/

 

Thank you for your interest in TEDxWaterloo, and we’d like to help you tell an amazing story about Waterloo’s commitment to “Ideas Worth Sharing.” 

All media requests should be sent to the official spokesperson for TEDxWaterloo,  Ramy Nassar, Co-Chair/Director at 519-591-7147 or media@tedxwaterloo.com

Official TEDxWaterloo logos can be downloaded here.

A complete media kit can be downloaded here.

Please note that TEDx event organizers are not able to speak for the TED Conference. Any inquiry regarding TED should be sent to:
Melody Serafino
TEDx Media Liaison
TEDxPR@groupsjr.com
While we appreciate any coverage, we kindly ask that all journalists and/or bloggers be respectful of the difference between the TED and TEDx brands.
The ‘x’ in ‘TEDx’ stands for “independently organized events.” Any headline or text which implies “TED” is coming to [location] is misleading.
For more information on TEDx, visit http://www.ted.com/tedx.

Media Accreditation:

Media passes are available to accredited media on the day of the event. For a Media Pass,  please apply to media@tedxwaterloo.com. (There will be a Media Table located just inside the lobby at Centre in the Square: please present identification.)  A maximum of two representatives from any one news outlet (journalist/photographer) will be permitted. Videotaping in the theatre during talks is prohibited, and no  flash cameras inside the theatre be allowed.  Videotaping outside the theatre in the common spaces is permitted.

Professional Photographers:

TEDxWaterloo has official photographers at all TEDxWaterloo events. They are volunteers (like everyone at TEDxWaterloo). All of our photos are released under a Creative Commons license (Attribution – NonCommercial – NonDerivative) so they can be freely shared and posted.

  • Before covering an event, our official TEDxWaterloo photographers sign this release form <http://storage.ted.com//tedx_photography_release.docx>  stating that they will release the photos under the Creative Commons “Attribution – Noncommercial – NonDerivative” license and authorize TED Conferences, LLC to replicate and distribute their photos for publicity releases, program marketing, and on print and web TED properties. TED discourages watermarks and suggests metadata for credit.

We request that all professional photographers abide by our restrictions and ensure any publicly  published photos are CC (Attribution – NonCommercial – NonDerivative).

Speaker Interview Requests:

Interview requests with the organizers or speakers can be arranged by emailing media@tedxwaterloo before March 15, 2012.

 

NEWS RELEASES

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, the Region of Waterloo hosts the third annual TEDxWaterloo event that will bring people together, live and online, to share an exciting experience of extraordinary speakers and deep discussion, while examining the way we connect and disconnect with the world around us.  

Contact: Ramy Nassar. Co-Chair 

TEDxWaterloo

Phone: (519) 591-7147  

Email: media@tedxwaterloo.com

Twitter: @TEDxWaterloo

www.facebook.com/TEDxWaterloo

 

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, the Region of Waterloo hosts the third annual TEDxWaterloo event that will bring people together, live and online, to share an exciting experience of extraordinary speakers and deep discussion, while examining the way we connect and disconnect with the world around us.  


TEDxWaterloo Brings The Gaza Doctor, A Dancing Scientist, Swing Band and an Agent of Innovation

(Friday, January 6 2012, Region of Waterloo, Ontario)  – One man has turned unspeakable tragedy into mission for peace; while another has shown arts and science are like dance partners. A former barrister from the UK shakes up the corporate disconnect and a swing band gets their groove on as they share their insight and talent, spreading ideas at TEDxWaterloo on March 21, 2012 at the Centre in the Square, in Kitchener, Ontario.

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, quantum physicist and swing dancer Krister Shalm (along with blues/swing pianist Roberta Hunt), and UK barrister cum innovation advocate Karen Morris have just been confirmed as speakers at TEDxWaterloo.  Previously announced speakers include world-traveler-by-foot Jean Béliveau, graphic novelist Scott Chantler and renowned physicist Bilge Demirköz.  More than 1,200 participants will share a day of thought-provoking presentations from a diverse dozen of innovative men and women who will be speaking and performing on the way humans connect and disconnect with the world and the people around them.

“We are honored to have Dr. Abuelaish share his deeply inspiring message with our audience,” said Ramy Nassar, co-chair of TEDxWaterloo.  “Krister Shalm and Roberta Hunt will have us dancing to quantum entanglement, and Karen Morris will powerfully expose disconnects that so many of us carry with us, and how to face them head-on.”

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Dr. Abuelaish, known as “the Gaza Doctor” and author of I Shall Not Hate, is a Palestinian doctor and infertility expert who was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. His three daughters and a niece were killed in January 2009 during the Israeli incursion into Gaza, yet this devastation did not harden Abuelaish’s heart.  Instead, he directed his energy toward spreading the doctrine that from tragedy can come good; from conflict and hardship can come peace and well being in hopes that the lives lost during this time would be the last.  Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 and winner of humanitarian awards around the world, Dr. Abuelaish is a remarkable human who has gone on to change the world for better.

The TEDxWaterloo event offers many facets of the human experience.  For instance, never let it be said that physicists are boring. Or that they can’t dance. Krister Shalm proves they aren’t, and they can.  A physicist who uses light to study the quantum world at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing, Shalm has teamed up with a magician, musicians, entertainers, and dancers to make quantum concepts more approachable.  An avid swing dancer, in his spare time Shalm can be found Lindy Hopping to the tunes of the 20s, 30s and 40s.

Roberta Hunt, an exhilarating jazz and blues musician, will be sharing the stage with Shalm in an original partnership, as well as showcasing her own talents.   Hunt is a piano player, a singer and currently leads the band Red Hot Ramblers.

In Karen Morris’ own words, she has been “a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king.” Yet the woman described in her C.V. is that of a scholar, English barrister, M.A., L.L.M, Professor, Chief Innovation Officer of a global corporation, General Counsel, innovation architect and writer.  Her broad experience and international background in law, management and multinational business inspire her insight on product, service and business model innovation.  She is a frequent speaker on innovation and leadership at global forums and conferences around the world and is excited to be part of the TEDxWaterloo experience.

TEDxWaterloo is one of the largest and most popular TEDx events in the world.  A completely volunteer-organized and operated event, TEDxWaterloo attracts some of the world’s most interesting thinkers and doers, who share their ideas on stage through “talks” that are under 20 minutes. This event mixes technology, entertainment and design (TED) ideas from around with world with a strong local and Canadian contingent.

Additional information and ticket application for TEDxWaterloo can be found at TEDxWaterloo.com

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First Three TEDxWaterloo Speakers Announced: They Draw History, Make Science Accessible and Take Long Walks Around the Earth

(Wednesday, December 14, 2011, Region of Waterloo, Ontario) – One man has literally walked around the world for peace, while another brings Canadian history alive through graphic novels. Half a world away, a particle physicist, who searches the universe for dark and antimatter, shatters the knowledge barrier between science and the public.  These three people will join up with 10 other speakers and performers to share their insight at Waterloo Region’s third annual TEDxWaterloo event on March 21, 2012 at the Centre in the Square.

World traveler-by-foot Jean Béliveau, graphic novelist Scott Chantler and Turkish physicist Bilge Demirköz are the first speakers announced for the TEDxWaterloo 2012 lineup, which is Waterloo Region’s fastest growing creative cultural event. Eventually, 13 innovative men and women will be speaking and performing to an estimated crowd of more than 1200 people in March.  This year’s TEDxWaterloo theme is DIS CONNECTED, which examines the way humans connect and disconnect with the world and the people around them.

“We are very excited that Jean, Scott and Bilge are part of TEDxWaterloo 2012, ” says Ramy Nassar, co-chair of TEDxWaterloo. “Having these three luminaries share their ideas and experience with the TEDxWaterloo audience is phenomenal. These are exciting people with incredible insight.”

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Jean Béliveau’s story is remarkable. He is the man who walked around the world.  In August 2000, then 45-years-old and experiencing a mid-life crisis, Béliveau chose to shut down his successful factory and leave a loving family to embark on an adventure of learning.  It became an odyssey of over 11-years that would see him walk 75,000 km through five continents and 64 countries. Dedicating his walk to peace, Béliveau says, “This is not my walk but the walk of Humanity. I am only a tool for a collective aspiration.”

A graphic novelist, Waterloo native Scott Chantler’s books have become favorites in the library world as well as with students. The graphic novel Two Generals, which depicts his grandfather’s experiences in Europe during the Second World War, was nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award and was voted into the Top 40 of Canadian non-fiction books by the CBC’s Canada Reads: True Stories.  The American Library Association and the Junior Library Guild have recommended his books, which include Northwest Passage and the Three Thieves series, which won the Shuster Award, as the best comic for children.

Bilge Demirköz is a TED Fellow and a Turkish particle physicist who is making significant contributions to our understanding of the universe we live in. In her experiments and her role as a faculty member of Middle East Technical University in Ankara, she inspires the next generation of scientists and makes science more accessible to the general public.  Through her work searching for anti-matter and dark matter in space and her many years conducting particle physics experiments at CERN, Dr. Demirköz has come to believe that science needs to re-connect with the arts, and ultimately with people.

TEDxWaterloo is one of the largest and most popular TEDx events in the world.  A completely volunteer-organized and operated event, TEDxWaterloo attracts some of the world’s most interesting thinkers and doers, who share their ideas on stage through “talks” that are under 20 minutes. This event mixes technology, entertainment and design (TED) ideas from around with world with a strong local and Canadian contingent. Recently, the parent organization, TED, featured a 2011 TEDxWaterloo talk by Michael Nielson as one of its featured videos, garnering global attention on TED.com.

Additional information on TEDxWaterloo can be found at TEDxWaterloo.com

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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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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. Started as a four-day conference in California 28 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration
Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED

 

TEDxWaterloo EXPANDS WITH TWO MORE LOCAL CULTURAL EVENTS

(Waterloo, November 4, 2011)–TEDxWaterloo, the successful cultural event that swept Waterloo Region in 2011, has added more two more “TEDx” events to their lineup. Now people can take in both TEDxWaterloo Salons and TEDxWaterloo Adventures over the course of a year, along with the main event to be held on March 21, 2012 at Centre in the Square.

TEDxWaterloo Adventures is featuring a Cinema series, beginning with a screening of the provocative documentary, Prom Night in Mississippi, at Wilfrid Laurier University on November 15 at 7 pm. The Canadian filmmaker, Paul Saltzman, will be on hand to discuss his experiences while making the film. Saltzman was one of the first TEDxWaterloo speakers to present at the event in 2010.

Prom Night in Mississippi is about a high school in Charleston, Mississippi having their first-ever integrated prom – in 2008. Saltzman follows students, teachers, and parents in the lead-up to the big day. This seemingly inconsequential rite of passage suddenly becomes profound as the weight of history falls on teenage shoulders.

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A decade earlier, actor and Mississippi native, Morgan Freeman had offered to pay to integrate the high school prom but was declined. This film shows the journey Morgan Freeman, Paul Saltzman, the families and students embarked on in making this film.

Prom Night in Mississippi is just one of several films that will be screening in the community that will engage, inspire and create discussion amongst guests. Along with the film, directors, actors, and other individuals involved in the production will host discussion groups.

For a more intimate gathering, TEDxWaterloo Salons offer tightly focused topics to a highly engaged audience. The inaugural salon is slated for November 22, and features The Coffee House, which is a discussion about the politics of eating locally, the power of the chef in North American culture, and the rites and rituals that go into a cup of coffee.

Salon speakers include Dawn Tran, owner of the local coffee shop, A Matter of Taste; Asia Nelson, PhD candidate studying the language of food in North America; Kimberley Love, a marketing communications professional who is involved in politics, mid-level farming and clean energy; and Chef Nick Benninger, proprietor and head chef of Nick and Nat’s UPTOWN 21 will offer a diverse view of community, food, and sustainable development.

Curating this night of discussion and engagement is Kayleigh Platz, a social media expert by day who also has a passion for good food and great conversation.

Tickets for both TEDxWaterloo Salons and TEDxWaterloo Adventures are available through the TEDxWaterloo.com website.

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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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED