Our Theme
To deconstruct is to strip away layers of abstraction and to uncover the essence of a concept. By deconstructing complex concepts into their fundamental ideas, we can discover how universal and relatable these concepts are. At our 2018 March conference, the TEDxUofT community came together to share, deconstruct, internalize ideas, and walk away with new and broader perspectives.
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Dan Dolderman

Dr. Dan Dolderman is a psychologist at the University of Toronto. His work focuses on the social capital needed to evolve society, and its relationship with climate change. Join us at our conference to hear about the deep reorganization of society required to address this challenge.
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Helen Kontozopoulos

Helen Kontozopoulos is a lecturer at the University of Toronto and co-founder of the Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab. Join us on March 10th to hear more about her life's work with artificial intelligence, machine learning and entrepreneurship.
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Jay Pooley

Trained as an architect and finished as a carpenter, Jay Pooley is a production designer and University of Toronto instructor who is defined by rigorous conceptualization. Backed by a fearless technical prowess, Jay has begun to redraw the edge of what can be captured in a moving image!
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Jeremy Wang

Jeremy Wang is an Engineering Science student in his final year at UofT. Along with his studies, Jeremy operates as R&D Founder of the The Sky Guys, a leading Canadian manufacturer of drones for safety-critical industrial applications. His talk will take a comical but balanced look at how two seemingly different professions can work together, namely business and engineering.
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John Vervaeke

Dr. John Vervaeke has been teaching at the University of Toronto since 1994. His talk will focus on how the mind makes meaning, and how we fit into the scientific worldview created by the fields of artificial intelligence and neuroscience.
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Khaled Almilaji

In Syria, Dr. Khaled Almilaji led daring humanitarian campaigns under constant threat of government crackdown. Now at the University of Toronto, Dr. Almilaji will take the stage with dialogue about widening our zones of care for the ownership of injustice in our communities. Join us at our conference to see how we can all benefit from this together.
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Kona Williams

Kona Williams is Canada’s first Indigenous Forensic Pathologist! Her talk on March 10th will look at the lack of death reporting and investigation in Indigenous communities.
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Matt Russo

Meet Dr. Matt Russo, an astro-musician with degrees in Jazz Guitar and Astrophysics from the University of Toronto. He is the founder of SYSTEM Sounds, an art-science outreach project that translates the rhythm and harmony of the cosmos into music and sound.
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Sabrina Cruz

Sabrina Cruz is a University of Toronto Mathematics student, and creator behind Youtube channel, Nerdy & Quirky. Her subscribers are treated to comedic life accounts, mixed commentary of pop and nerd culture, and mini lectures with her "Cool History" series.
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Sasha Weiditch

Sasha Weiditch is a science communicator at the University of Toronto Mississauga and content creator promoting women in STEM. Her PhD thesis focuses on the potential of bacteriophages to solve the antibiotic resistance crisis.
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Syrus Marcus Ware

Syrus Marcus Ware is a core member of Black Lives Matter Toronto and has spent over 12 years as the AGO’s coordinator of youth programs. Currently he focuses on the use of art in exploring activism culture and has won numerous awards for his artistic work with LGBT rights and black pride
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Ulrich Krull

Dr. Ulrich Krull serves as Vice-President at the University of Toronto and Principal at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Along with serving the greater UofT community, Dr. Krull can also be found as a leading professor of Analytical Chemistry. His current research explores the use of nanoscale materials and microfluidics chip technologies which can help build devices for the detection of DNA and RNA biomarkers.