Guelph TED event asks visitors to ‘solve for X’

January 2, 2019 by  

Guelph University will once again host its own TED-affiliated event this January, under the name TEDxGuelphU.

This year’s subtitle, ‘Solve for X’, takes a term from mathematics to suggest the ways in which speakers from various fields and professions will seek to find solutions for social, economic and technological problems from the local to the international level.

The one-day conference will take place on January 19 at Lakeside Hope House. Local Guelph professor Tami Martino will discuss circadian medicine, which aims to:

“…help us understand and control our basic physical connection with the Universe and change forever the way we manage human health.”

Rocco Cozza, an entrepeneur and lawyer, will speak about the role of kindness in business relationships. Other presenters include Paralympic sledge hockey medalist Tyler McGregor, microbiologist Jehoshua Sharma and psychologist Saba Safdar.

Beginning thirty years ago, TED Talks – which are short, informative presentations by experts – have gone viral over the last decade. TED X conferences, like the one at Guelph, are hosted independently by universities and other institutions under a licence from TED.

These talks, and similar academic events, are often advertised on-campus through poster printing and flyer printing, and may be recorded and archived online.

TEDxGuelph has been taking place for more than five years, with topics such as ‘From Theory to Reality’ and ‘What Turns You On?’