May 28, 2012 | Posted by Dan Rigby
This past friday, a few of us from FLIPP were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attended TEDxYYC at the Telus Spark Science Centre. FLIPP was a sponsor of the event and was responsible for the design and development of the event's website. The range of speakers and topics was extremely diverse yet the 20 min format for talks allowed things to flow smoothly and keep your interest throughout. Here's a few highlights:
- Childhood idol Raffi speaking and singing about creating a viable future for our children
- Invisible people. Giving homeless people a voice through the documentary films by Mark Horvath
- The Arab Spring and social media - A look at how Al Jazeera and Moeed Ahmad developed their new media/social media strategy and the role it, along with individuals, played in the revolutions and protest in the middle east last year.
- The study of dead bodies and forensic science with Dr. Arpad Vass
- Suits of armour for cats and mice. Looking at Calgary artist Jeff De Boer's intricate works of art and how he found success by following his passion for a non-traditional subject.
All of the speakers did an amazing job and left you with something to think about. Video from these talks will be online in the next few weeks, so check out TEDxYYC.com for more info. Thank you to all the TEDxYYC organizers and volunteers for putting together such an exciting and thought provoking event and allowing FLIPP to be a part of it.