TED 2016 – Dream – A Year of TED Talks

The 2016 TED conference takes place February 15-19. This years’ theme is ‘Dreams’ where the 70+ speakers will dare us to dream — to make no small plans. In recognition of all the new and exciting Ideas Worth Spreading, we’re sharing some the top TED and TEDx Talks from our speakers over the course of the past year. NSB-Divider  

Natalie Panek | Rocket Scientist & Advocate for Women in Tech

Natalie works on the next generation of space robotics at MDA’s Robotics and Automation division. Prior to her position at MDA, she was the first female driver of a solar-powered car across North America, acquired a private pilot’s license, and interned at both NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and NASA’s Ames Research Center. Natalie’s 2015 talk  ‘Space: Our Invisible Landfill’ explains why leaving dead satellites in space is already posing a threat to us on earth.  

October 2015 at TEDxToronto


Jane-Fona-HiRes2Jane Fonda | Oscar-Winning Actress

Legendary duo Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have been friends for decades. In a raw, tender and wide-ranging conversation hosted by Pat Mitchell, the three discuss longevity, feminism, the differences between male and female friendship, what it means to live well and women’s role in future of our planet. “I don’t even know what I would do without my women friends,” Fonda says. “I exist because I have my women friends.”

May 2015 at TEDWomen


Tim Hague Sr. | Parkinson’s Advocate & Winner of The Amazing Race Canada Season #1

Tim‘s 2015 talk is titled ‘Beginning life with Parkinson’s at the age of 46’. His story of growing up with Parkinson’s in the family (his father suffered from the disease) and then facing his own diagnoses at the early age of 46 moves his listeners. Tim believes, like many who suffer with a myriad of other ailments, those with Parkinson’s can live life to the fullest when you choose to persevere. You can choose to keep going, even in the face of difficulty, even when there is little evidence of success.

June 2015 at TEDxWinnipeg


Steve-WozniakS_1.jpgSteve Wozniak | Co-Founder of Apple, Innovator & Technology Pioneer

Steve‘s 2015 talk is titled ‘The early days’. In the presentation he discusses his early days at UC Berkeley, and how they led to the foundation of Apple. A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II as well as influencing the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.

February 2015 at TEDxBerkeley


Marina Adshade | Author and Educator on the Economics of Sex and Love

Economist Marina Adshade’s 2015 talk is titled ‘Economics and female sexual freedom’. Her theories on the interplay of market forces in the matters of love and libido have brought her attention from around the globe. Using engaging research and economic analysis, and no small dose of humour, Adshade unlocks the mysteries behind our actions, thoughts and preferences regarding sexual relationships, gender, love and power. She is the author of Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love. In this smart, entertaining and funny talk, she argues that society needs to allow women full freedom to chase their sexual desires. In this smart, entertaining and funny talk, she argues that society needs to allow women full freedom to chase their sexual desires.

November 2015 at TEDxVancouver



You can browse a list of our speakers who have taken the stage for TED/TEDx talks around the world for more great ideas for inspiring presentations.

Our speaker profiles, wherever possible, include video links to their TED/TEDx presentations, so be sure to click through and explore all the Ideas Worth Spreading.