A look back at TEDxToronto 2011

Announcing this year's theme and venue for TEDxToronto 2012 has gotten us rather nostalgic, so let's take a walk down memory lane. Here's a reminder of what went down at last year's conference:

More than 750 thinkers and dreamers, innovators and trendsetters, gathered last September for TEDxToronto 2011. They took over the Telus Centre for Performance and Learning in downtown Toronto for a day of inspiration and ideas.

Last year's theme was REDEFINITION. Definitions impose frameworks on the world, shaping communities, social and political structures, as well as human relationships. We rely on them, yet struggle to break free of their limitations. Forces all around us are shifting our definitions and changing our realities. In encouraging redefinition, TEDxToronto promoted new ways of defining "ideas worth spreading."

Conference attendees were treated to the musical stylings of electric violinist Dr. Draw and rapper Made Wade among other talented performers. In between speakers, delegates traded thoughts in-person and online via social media tools like Twitter.

Speakers included David Miller, former Toronto mayor, Adam Garone, CEO and co-founder of Movember and Ariel Garten, CEO and co-founder of InteraXon, a company that creates thought-controlled computing products and applications.

Although not everyone who applied could attend the conference as delegates, hundreds participated in TEDxToronto viewing parties, and hundreds of thousands more watched our talks online.

And while TEDxToronto 2011 was a huge success, we're looking to make TEDxToronto 2012 even better.

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