Past Toronto Event: VOL 20

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Chasing Storms

@ VOL 20 ON JAN 22, 2013

George Kourounis is a global explorer, adventurer, storm chaser, and host of the Angry Planet TV series. Hold on tight as he shares some of his most dramatic tales and images from numerous up-close encounters with the most dangerous forces of nature from around the world.

"Presentation of the Day" on June 11, 2013.

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Bunch of Architects and Designers

@ VOL 20 ON JAN 22, 2013

BAAD (Bunch of Architects and Designers) is a collective (or just a group of friends from Mexico City and Toronto. They believe both cities are living a very important moment when a new generation of designers and entrepreneurs are reshaping the face of design and creative thinking. They aim to encourage "cool people from Mexico to start playing with cool people from Toronto". In this presentation, presenter Raymundo Pavan, Dana Seguin, and Angelica Ramos walked us through a few examples of the contemporary Latin American design that matters to them. 

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3D Printing & Mass Customization

@ VOL 20 ON JAN 22, 2013

Digital fabrication technologies like 3D printing are becoming mainstream. A new movement is emerging where you'll be able to design every object you own, from your kitchen knives to your cell phone. This is the new industrial revolution, a transition from mass-production to mass-customization.

"Presentation of the Day" on June 24, 2013.

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My Kingdom for a #hashtag

@ VOL 20 ON JAN 22, 2013

Kyle Baptista considered himself as an imposter. During highschool he created a few Geocities websites convincing Americans to visit Canada to get drunk. After graduating with an Engineering Degree, he started working for Engineers without Borders as their Designer. Being a Designer in Toronto, he believes the delightful Twitter can be a great tool to sew the creative fabric together without agenda or ego. 

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Fixing Pharma

@ VOL 20 ON JAN 22, 2013

Jake Hirsch-Allen is a reformed intellectual property lawyer currently connecting tech startups and managing Inventives for Global Health. He's working on a a project called the Health Impact Fund - a proposed alternative to the patent system to incentivize drug development.

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Pro Social Rule Breaking Club

@ VOL 20 ON JAN 22, 2013

Irish artist Sinéad Cormack enjoys breaking rules, especially when it comes to making art. She works somewhere between visual art, performance art and theatre.

Sinéad has been working with a group in Dublin called "Pro Social Rule Breaking Club" and wishes to bring that project idea to Toronto. 

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Hacking Synthetic Biology

@ VOL 20 ON JAN 22, 2013

Connor Dickie is a hacker. According to him, bio is the new cyber. He's loves to hack DNA and is building a global platform allowing people who are interested in DNA synthesis and bio technology to collaborate and disrupte the current industry. 

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Toronto International Jewellery Festival

@ VOL 20 ON JAN 22, 2013

Melanie Egan and Paul McClure are the co-founders of Toronto International Jewellery Festival, a new festival that celebrates jewellery arts, metal arts and design from local, national and international participants.

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@ VOL 20 ON JAN 22, 2013

Jay Wall and Sean Martindale tell the story of artists and other Torontonians fighting back against advertisers invading public space.


Jay Wall
Creative Director/Designer, STUDIO JAYWALL in Toronto
Jake Hirsch-Allen
Connector & IP Lawyer, Functional Imperative in Toronto
George Kourounis
Storm Chaser/Adventurer in Toronto
Connor Dickie
Entrepreneur, Synbiota Inc. in Toronto
Melanie Egan
Head of Craft Department, Harbourfront Centre in Toronto
Kyle Baptista
Designer in Toronto
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Hot Pop Factory in Toronto
Sean Martindale
Interdisciplinary Artist & Designer (Public Interventionist) in Toronto
Sinéad Cormack
Raymundo Pavan
Designer, mostly architectural, BAAD (Bunch of Architects And Designers) in Mexico
Paul McClure
Educator, Jewellery Designer & Maker, George Brown College in Toronto