Event Program Outline

Event Program Outline (5)

We look forward to hosting you on May 6, 2023 for YES, and...

Please find below the general event program outline, and related session notes.

IMPORTANT: Note that the schedule may be subject to change, and that all times are approximate.



UPDATED!! | 9:00 to 9:55 a.m.
Registration table, TEDxCalgary "Signal vs Noise", 2017

Registration and Check-In


The Ampersand venue will be open from 9:00 a.m., and you are welcome to arrive either via the street level doors at the West Tower, or via the Plus-15 from the Harmony Parkade across the street.

Please plan to complete registration prior to 9:50, as our event program will start at 10 a.m. sharp, and late arrivals will not be seated until a break between speakers.



Parking is available in the Harmony Parkade (formerly James Short), which is accessible off of both 4th (Westbound) and 5th (Eastbound) Avenue. The daily rate on weekends is $3, and you are encouraged to use the Plus-15 system to connect to The Ampersand.


Public Transit

The Ampersand is within close walking distance of most downtown C-Train and bus routes. Please consult Calgary Transit's website for details. The street address is 140 - 4 Avenue SW.


Ticket Scanning/Check-In

When you arrive at The Ampersand, our check-in team will scan your electronic or paper tickets from Showpass.

If you have forgotten your ticket, you will need to have the name of the ticket purchaser in order for us to retrieve your order.


Badging and Coat/Bag Check

Once you have been checked in, we invite you to pick up and "Style your badge". If needed, you can also check your coat or large bags at the venue coat check.

Our team members are there to guide you... if you have any questions, don't be shy to ask!


Important Note!

To expedite the check-in process, refreshments and food will NOT be available during the registration period or before the event (apart from bulk water).

You are encouraged to bring your own beverage in a re-usable container.



If you require assistance locating the venue, or need to speak to us for any reason, please call 587.997.4873, extension 3.


The Ampersand | 140 - 4 Ave SW
See speakers list
Interactions partner and participant, TEDxCalgary "Signal vs Noise", 2017

Lunch and Interactions Breaks


Refreshment breaks (coffee, tea, snacks) will be served from stations within The Ampersand upper lobby. Your badge will have a colour-coded dot to indicate which area you should go to on your first break, both for refreshments and interactions. For subsequent breaks, choose your own adventure!



Lunches will be boxed in sustainable containers (further instructions will be issued prior to the break), and there are both chicken and vegetarian (gf) options available. For the lunch, please go to the food station related to the coloured dot on your event badge!



Interactions (see separate listing below) are throughout The Ampersand. On your first break, use the coloured dot on your badge to navigate to the applicable Interactions Zone for your first adventure only. After that, you are free to visit different parts of the Interactions Zone as you choose.


Food Allergies

Please note that we cannot guarantee that food will be free from common food allergens as listed below. We regret the inconvenience, and have made efforts to ensure that meal kits contain items that are not typically mixed with these allergens. For specific concerns, please speak with catering staff on site. If you have life-threatening chances of reaction, please be sure to bring your epi-pen device and identify yourself to our registration team.

Fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod)
Crustacean shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, shrimp)
Tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans)




The Ampersand | Upper Lobby Stations
During Registration and Refreshment / Meal Breaks
Dr. Robert Thirsk at TEDxCalgary "Signal vs Noise", 2017

Interactions Zone!

Join our Interactions Partners in our dynamic Interactions Zone as you arrive at the event, and during each refreshment or meal break!

We'll have dozens of interactions, includuing:

  • Schulich School of Engingeering - Schulich Racing (car and simulator -- you only get to drive the simulator!!)
  • Schulich School of Engingeering - Makerspace
  • Schulich School of Engingeering - Schulich Soundstage
  • Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute | University of Calgary
  • Laboratory of Integrative Design at The School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape
  • Live art creation by Rich Theroux of Rumble House!
  • Video and virtual reality from Unity
  • Discussion zone with Calgary on Purpose
  • University of Calgary Graduate Scholars | The Graduate College (various topics - roaming)
  • Lunchtime table discusssions sponsored by The Kaizen Institute (Canada)
  • Refreshment break discussions supported by Keyera 


The Ampesand | Lobby
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Ampersand lobby and social stairs


The speaker talks will run from approximately 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please see our online speaker profiles for additional details on the speakers.

Please note that, if you arrive late or have to leave the venue for any reason, you will need to wait for a break in the speakers to be admitted.


The talks are being recorded for posting to the TEDx YouTube channel, and being in the venue implies your consent to be recorded on video and in still images.



The Ampersand lobby and social stairs
Speaker bios
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Join us at The Ampersand lounge after the event!

Post-Event Social

Following the speaker talks, please join us at The Ampersand's tenant lounge for a social event with other participants, speakers, and volunteers!

The after-event will be cash bar, restricted to 18+ (ID required). Space will be limited due to fire code as necessary.




The Ampersand Tenant Lounge
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