14:30 pm – 15:45 pm
Our popular TED-style Talks are back! Called Spark!, these mini-presentations on diverse topics take place on Tuesday. You will have the opportunity to hear four unique speakers each give a 10-minute talk that will “spark” you to think differently about your work.
As a youth activist, Hannah uses the most powerful tools available to her: her voice + social media. At 16 years old, she knows the many things that her generation gets called out for includes the time spent on their screens. What people miss is that they are using social media for social good. Hannah shares how she has used digital platforms to amplify her voice, create positive change and encourage others to do the same.
Hannah Alper is an impassioned public speaker, activist and author. In November 2017 Hannah released her book, Momentus: Small Acts, Big Change, based on her conviction that one person, one action, one moment can make a difference. Through sharing her own journey and stories from her role models, Hannah provides tangible, real-life and current examples that back up this idea. At the age of nine, Hannah launched her blog, Call Me Hannah, to share her growing concern for environmental issues and show that small, everyday actions can lead to big change.
Beginning with an exploration of automation and demographic trends defining the future of work and learning, this talk will explore why most of our approaches to upskilling and reskilling are flawed and propose a fundamentally different model for closing the talent and opportunity gap in life, organizations and society.
Hamoon Ekhtiari is the Founder & CEO of Audacious Futures, a global innovation engine for re-imagining the future at the intersection of technology, humanity and philosophy. Previously, he was the Director of Strategy and Innovation at TELUS, and the Founding Director of Studio [Y] at MaRS. Hamoon is a member of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, an AdR Fellow at University of Cambridge, a recipient of University of Waterloo’s Alumni Achievement Medal, and a Canada Millennium Scholar.
This talk focuses on the importance of sacrifice and dedication. You will hear Sekou speak about how he transformed all the negative energy in his life into something greater and impactful by taking the hard road to success. His message: We are all hurdlers. We will all encounter setbacks and we will all have to overcome many hurdles to accomplish our goals.
Sekou Kaba is a 2016 Olympian, professional speaker and Canada 150 award recipient. He represented Canada in the 110m Hurdles at the Rio Games. Having a long history of overcoming obstacles, Sekou shares his tools of looking beyond barriers to accomplish lifelong goals. When he is not training, Sekou keeps busy with community engagements. He motivates and inspires individuals from all walks of life. He has presented to thousands of people across different communities, schools and organizations.
What happens when a teacher tells a 12-year-old he probably won’t graduate high school? Abenezer took responsibility for his dreams, taught himself to make the music he loves and in the process became a software engineer. He shares how his passion for music drove his curiosity for technology, business and beyond. Soundtracking the talk with songs from his journey, he demonstrates how to own your genius.
Abenezer Abebe is a Canadian software engineer and TEDx speaker based in Stockholm,
Sweden. Previously he has consulted for Universal Music and participated in Spotify’s developer experience and innovation awards. He is an advocate for self-directed learning and lectures students at Bergs, Hyper Island and independently organized meetups. In addition to his engineering work, Abenezer supports internal teams at Epidemic Sound with prototyping and testing processes.
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Cannexus20 – January 27 - 29 janvier 2020
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