About TEDxQueensU

Looking to revitalize the educational experience at Queen's University, TEDxQueensU is a collective of people who teach and share with each other what they know and hope to learn.

TEDxQueensU’s goal is to be a community-run event; partnering with students, faculty, alumni, and the surrounding Kingston community to be a catalyst for the sharing of creative and profound ideas. Through community, education and ideas, TEDxQueensU hopes to reinvigorate the imaginations of students and faculty alike.

We are building our conference around the TED mission of sharing incredible ideas. We want to use this event to showcase Queen's creativity, ingenuity, and innovation while at the same time hosting amazing speakers from around the world.

The 2018 conference will be the 8th annual TEDx event held at Queen's University. In order to make the experience as successful and entertaining as possible, we need to cover various costs and rely on the generous support of local organizations, alumni, and major partners to make it happen. We believe in bringing together organizations and individuals who want to be change agents, supporting a platform for the sharing of remarkable thinking and ideas at a top Canadian university and city.

Our Mission

To encourage curiosity and engage the imagination.
To inspire and provoke the exchange and exploration of ideas.
To celebrate community and dynamic thinking with creative presentations and interactive speakers.

About TED

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to creating a platform for ideas worth spreading. Starting out 25 years ago as a four-day conference in California, 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 Oxford, 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 host local, self-organized 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.


Here is a taste of What TED is about

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes -- including speakers such as Jill Bolte Taylor, Sir Ken Robinson, Hans Rosling, Al Gore and Arthur Benjamin.

Tony Robbins discusses the "invisible forces" that make us do what we do -- and high-fives Al Gore in the front row. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.