Third TEDxYorkU enjoys record attendance

Logo for the TEDx YorkU speaker series

Established with the vision of showcasing the best of York University to the world, the third TEDxYorkU had a record attendance, with 285 people attending the half-day event on March 28. Set in the Tributre Recital Hall, 11 speakers from York University’s faculty, staff and students offered their vision of York University’s motto “Tentanda Via: The Way Must Be Tried”.

This eclectic group spoke on a wide range of topics, including: social innovations, extra-terrestrial travel and the importance of creative health. TEDxYorkU also featured artistic performances and graphics by visual artist Ashley Grenville, making the event not only a forum for ideas but also a space to celebrate creativity and art. The TEDxYorkU experience was shared worldwide with more than 1000 people watching the live stream and some 600 uses of the #TEDxYorkU hashtag. Online viewers were from more than a dozen countries, which resulted in over 400,000 impressions.

TEDxYorkU was made possible by the 30 members of the organizing committee and volunteer team which was comprised of students, staff, faculty and alumni from across York. The talks, recorded by Learning Technology Services, were released last week. Since releasing the talks, more than 3000 views have already been registered.

Audience members left with their eyes and minds opened to new ways of thinking about cities, justice and community. Each speaker, in recounting their journeys, inspired attendees and advocated for the idea of always trying new things, believing in innovation and the importance of revolutionary thinking. The event showed how through the philosophy of “Tentanda Via”, progress is made in technology, personal development and society.

The full playlist is available here.