Program Outline

Program Outline (8)

We look forward to hosting you on November 3rd! Please find below the program outline, and related session notes.

Please note that the schedule may be subject to change, and we cannot guarantee that a speaker will appear in a given block.



8:45 am to 9:30 am
Registration table, TEDxCalgary "Signal vs Noise", 2017

Registration and Check-In

Our venue doors will open at 8:45 a.m. Please plan to complete registration prior to 9:20, when our theatre doors will open and seating will commence. Our event program will start at 9:30 sharp, and late arrivals will not be seated until a break between speakers.

Click on the link above for full arrival and registration details.

Rozsa Centre, Husky Great Hall
9:30 am to 11:00 am
Lauren Voisin at TEDxCalgary "Signal vs Noise", 2017

Session 1

Our first session of the day features welcome messages from the TEDx team and some special folks, and then kicks off with talks ranging from Navigating Surgery to Navigating in Nature. Get ready for some deep thoughts!

Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall
11:00 am to 11:45 am
Participant interactions at TEDxCalgary "Signal vs Noise", 2017

Morning Refreshment/Interactions Break

There's as much to do outside the theatre as there is inside! Join other participants and our interactions partners for coffee, tea, and some snacks. Visit our various interactions in the Husky Great Hall and side rooms, and start up some amazing conversations. Speakers who have completed their talks in Session 1 will join you.

Tip#1: Get a picture with the iconic red "X"


Rozsa Centre, Husky Great Hall
11:45 am to 12:45 pm
Dr. Robert Thirsk at TEDxCalgary "Signal vs Noise", 2017

Session 2

Our second session begins with the beautiful melodies and swirling dance of performers Notas de 4, continues with the lyrical interpretations of Dr. Ali Asani, and ends with the thought provoking topic of how we navigate in the future of learning.

Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall
12:45 pm to 2:15 pm
Interactions partner and participant, TEDxCalgary "Signal vs Noise", 2017

Lunch and Interactions Break

For lunch, we take a short walk to the new and visually stunning Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. Follow our team guides, and enjoy some nourishment for the body as you continue to interact with other participants and speakers who have completed their talks. Take in the additional interactions, join in some fun big-block Jenga games, and get ready for the afternoon!

A small group of lucky participants will head off on an adventure to the West Campus Development Trust and University District's Discovery Centre for some special speaker interactions and a private lunch. More on this to come, so stay tuned!

Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning
2:15 pm to 3:30 pm
Hafiz Mitha at TEDxCalgary "Signal vs Noise", 2017

Session 3

For our third session, we explore topics as diverse as ethical responsibilities in the raucous public square of social media, to how our decision bias gets in the way more often than we'd like to think, to the emerging voice of online girls' culture, and why we need to pay more attention to it.

Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall
3:30 pm to 4:00 pm
More fun participant interactions, TEDxCalgary "Signal vs Noise", 2017

Afternoon Refreshment/Interactions Break

Grab an afternoon coffee, tea, or other refreshment and continue the great conversations with other participants and interactions partners. Check out the virtual and augmented reality displays, build a fun robot, make some amazing fashions, and don't forget to get a picture.

Last chance to visit our portable planetarium for an awesome star show!

Husky Great Hall
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Audience members, TEDxCalgary "Signal vs Noise", 2017

Session 4

Last but not least, our final session brings us to the end of an amazing day with explorations of the positive side of artificial intelligence, the darker side of alt-right extremism, and the ways in which authentic storytelling is changing -- with Africa as a model.


Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall
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