TEDxWaterloo 2011–in a word: fantastic!

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This was a great event.  Met a ton of people and reconnected with lots of friends too.  I didn’t know if it was possible to top last year, but the team took it up 120%.  Venue was perfect, production quality was flawless, super food (go Steph!) and the speakers were top-notch.  Wow.

Bit of a break from the DSLR today because conversation was the priority, so kicked it with the P and S today, now featuring artistic blur.

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Folks filtering in.  Happy I got there early and thanks to @CanvasNotHouses for dropping me off limo-style.  I heard parking got crazy.

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As soon as I see wires and test gear, I’m in.

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Martin Laforest (left) doing the good outreach for IQC.

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My buddies, Jacqui Murphy and Kurt Wissent

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and Christine Hamon, also a show organizer.

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Some cool VR stuff.

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Brendan at right.

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Speaker trading cards.

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The kwartzlab posse.

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These seats are really comfortable.

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The visuals were stunning, what with Christie Digital, Quarry, and other groups coming together to contribute.

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Karl doing what Karl does: talkin’ to the people.

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James and Jack also shooting pics.

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MC1: Ramy Nassar.

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MC2: Matt Gorbet.  And the our speakers…

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A word about these modular display cubes that were knit together on stage and displaying graphics and speaker names: sweet.

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Miriah did a great talk on data visualization.  Great examples.

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Playbook in action.

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You are…

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dismissed for the first break.

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Pretty easy to meet people at this density.

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photography of JB.

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I think that is pharmacy Masters graduate, Stephanie at left who I met later.

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I think I see Melissa Tait here (1 o’clock from centre), who I met tonight.  She was shooting the show with some really nice Canon gear and, having stumbled on her website last night from a link on Ramy’s, I said hello.  Great talent.

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Wandering people were making cool patterns below.

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Dave Swart, centre?  I think.

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My good friend, Roger Farwell at right, and Laurie Wonfor Nolan painting…

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Ben Grossman rocking the tunes.

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Sooo thirsty.  And then round 2 of speakers…

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Shelley raised some great questions around our Canadian identity.

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Colin’s talk had me laughing.  Place matters.

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Trained for 6 years, 3 sherpas killed, on climb to Everest.  I could listen to a French-Canadian accent all day.  Jean Francois is a great story-teller.

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And then…

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experiment!  Amy Kraus Rosenthal, a great speaker from last year’s TEDxWaterloo and our very own Hilary Abel, skyped in from Palm Springs at a concurrent TED event.  Choppy transmission, but great to see these guys.

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Wait!  And here’s Dan from TEDxToronto, too.

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Laurie’s on a roll.

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More Playbook: now in the lobby.  Having demo’d Playbook for 3 days at the RSA conference in San Fran 2 weeks ago, it was hard to not jump right in there.

Third and final round of speakers…

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Abby did a great job.  I would have melted at age 16 speaking in front of 900 people.

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Vicki schooled us to a new level of understanding tenacity.  Swimming for 4 hours with no headway.  And kept going.

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Dr Bondar had a real presence.  Consider the self-discipline required to achieve what she has done.   18 years of post-secondary education.   Blows your hair back.

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And the engaging Edwin Outwater, with…

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few (go Dave!)

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friends.  The piece this string quartet played by Beethoven plugged right into me.  How have I not been to the symphony?

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A million thank you’s wrapped up with the core organizing team on stage: Amy, Jennifer, Maria, Matt, and Ramy.

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And what night is complete without Karl dashing out with a basket of apples in hand?

Happy making.


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10 Responses to TEDxWaterloo 2011–in a word: fantastic!

  1. Julia says:

    Great pics! Wonderful photo summary of the event!

  2. Bruce Wilson says:


    You’ve captured the day with words and pictures wonderfully. Thanks for the chat and for sharing these.


  3. Darin – did you mean Vicki swam for *48* hours straight? 🙂

    • dw says:

      Nope, that’s not what I meant. In the course of a 3-day swim, there where times when, due to weather and waves, Vicki would swim and make no forward progress. One of these periods lasted 4 hours.

      • Stephanie says:

        Oh right – I remember now. 🙂 (This is the problem with only listening on one ear, the other one stuck in a headset!) Great post and pictures. 🙂

  4. Beautifully covered. It was Thursday all over again, I was transported back in time.

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  7. JB says:

    Great recap, DW.

    I’ve posted my photos here: http://www.kwartzlab.ca/2011/03/tedxwaterloo-pictures/

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