media release

Stage set for TEDxSFU Saturday

November 24, 2011

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Michael Cheng
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Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite, the popular social media dashboard, is the latest to join an extensive list of storytellers who’ll be part of the inaugural TEDxSFU at SFU Surrey on Saturday, Nov. 26.

While the event seating is at capacity with 100 participants, those interested in joining in can do so via live streaming video (found at, beginning at 9 a.m.

The event ‘s creator, SFU student Michael Cheng, says the theme of the 15 speakers will focus on community engagement.

Holmes is among 15 community leaders and representatives who’ll each speak for 18 minutes; among them, Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic CEO John Furlong and Vancouver Police Chief Constable Jim Chu (see for a complete list).

TEDxSFU is a licensed, independently organized spinoff of the international Technology, Education, Design (TED) conference, meant to give imaginative minds a receptive setting in which to spread great ideas.

Cheng, a fourth year student in SFU Surrey’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology, is excited that the event is imminent after working on the concept for three years.

The original TED Conference started in California in the mid-1980s, dedicated purely to “ideas worth spreading,” with speakers given only 18 minutes to convey their thoughts.


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