CBC Quirks and Quarks host Bob McDonald speaks at the 2013 TEDxVictoria event

TEDxVictoria seeks speakers

Inspirational speaker series looking for brilliant minds from Saanich, Greater Victoria and across Vancouver Island

Organizers with this year’s TEDxVictoria are looking for courageous people with big ideas.

Applications are now being accepted online until July 21 for the Nov. 22 full-day event at the McPherson Playhouse. A total of 14 to 16 speakers will be selected from a range of disciplines to expand knowledge and test the world views of attendees.

Previous speakers have included a host of University of Victoria professors including drug policy researcher Alan Cassels, Olympic rower and gold medalist Adam Kreek, beloved children’s musician Raffi Cavoukian and CBC Quirks and Quarks host Bob McDonald.

This year’s theme, Pursuit of Knowledge, will include experts on underwater robots, blue whales, women’s education in Afghanistan, and extreme-weather photography.

“We are really going to push limits this year by focusing on building the experience outside the main stage of TEDxVictoria,” said founder and creative director Dylan Wilks.

“From interactive art, to online interviews, to live music and performances and some crazy new social innovations, we really want people to remember the whole experience,” he said.

Speakers are welcome to apply more than once, but the screening panel is looking for quality over quantity.

Tickets to TEDxVictoria start at $60 and will be available in September.

Visit tedxvictoria.com for more information and to watch TEDxVictoria talks from previous years.

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