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TEDx Abbotsford features Sandbox theme for 2023

Range of speakers planned for event on Nov. 3 at UFV
The 2023 TEDx Abbotsford event takes place Friday, Nov. 3 at University of the Fraser Valley’s Evered Hall. (Abbotsford News file photo)

TEDx Abbotsford returns on Friday, Nov. 3 with the theme “Sandbox.”

The event takes place at Evered Hall at University of the Fraser Valley (33844 King Rd.), starting at 4 p.m.

Organizers say that this year’s theme “encapsulates the essence of a sandbox – a realm representing creativity, fearless experimentation, and collaboration.”

“From the innocent play of childhood to the groundbreaking tech world, the sandbox symbolizes a space of boundless potential and fearless iteration,” a press release states.

This year’s speakers’ lineup features:

• Dr. Jelena Brcic of UFV – expert in the study of teams in “extreme workplaces”

• Dr. Luisa Giles of UFV – researcher specializing in air pollution, exercise and health

• Dr. Aaron Hunter of BCIT – Mastercard chair in digital trust and AI researcher

• Saniya Kaushal – writer, medical student and founder of the You Are Not Ugly Foundation

• Dr. Gwen Point – knowledge keeper for the BC Assembly of First Nations

• Dr. Justin Perry of BCIT – specialist in wildfire management

• Mallory Rose – Indigenous entrepreneur, online marketer and startup coach

• Les Talvio – director and co-founder of Cyrus Centre for at-risk youth

“After a few challenging years marked by the pandemic and then the devastating floods, we felt a pressing need to offer a space of solace and inspiration,” said organizer Jennifer Trithardt-Tufts

“TEDx Abbotsford 2023 aims to be that space where the community can come together, enjoy, learn from remarkable ideas, and connect with some truly amazing individuals.”

Gavin Dew from the Abbotsford Tech District, this year’s title sponsor, said they are excited to support this year’s event.

“Creating innovative spaces where people can come together, share groundbreaking ideas, and launch transformative business and community projects is precisely what we are working towards at the Tech District,” he said.

Doors open at 4 p.m., and the first series of talks begins at 6 p.m. The events ends at 10 p.m., followed by the after-party.

TEDx Abbotsford is a TED event organized independently and run by the not-for-profit organization the Abbotsford Innovation Network.

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