Past Toronto Event: VOL 29

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The Comfort (Danger) of Not Knowing

@ VOL 29 ON APR 01, 2014

Lily Tse is the founder and CEO of Think Dirty, an IOS app that empowers consumers with safety information about cosmetics. Think Dirty started as a series of hackathons, but the idea itself was borne out of Lily's personal journey to understand truths about the use of toxic chemicals in the beauty industry. Lily expresses her discontent with the concept that "ignorance is bliss" and encourages consumers that knowledge is empowering. 

"Presentation of the Day" on June 4, 2014.

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PULP: Paper Art Party 2014

@ VOL 29 ON APR 01, 2014

After last year's success, PULP: Paper Art Party has returned. Led by architect Rotem Yaniv, the fundraising event advocates for sustainable design. The event itself encompasses a live music show within a reclaimed materials art exhibit. All proceeds go towards raising funds to refurbish Street Haven at the Crossroads, a downtown emergency women's shelter. 

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The Morden Heirloom: Coding Quilts

@ VOL 29 ON APR 01, 2014

Elizabeth "Libs" Elliott merges old craft and modern art forms to create beautiful quilts with a technological twist. Using the Processing visual programming language, Elizabeth generates random patterns for her quilts by altering code to play with colour palettes, geometric shapes, and other variables. She draws out each pattern by hand and then sews them onto quilts. 

"Presentation of the Day" on July 16, 2014.

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How the Brain Tricks Itself

@ VOL 29 ON APR 01, 2014

A neuroscientist, life coach and yoga teacher, Mandy Wintink shows a myriad of ways that our brain works to fool itself. At the core of this phenomenon is memory consolidation and reconsolidation, or how our brains actually use previously embedded memories, knowledge and context to "fill in the blanks" and absorb new information. 

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The LongStory: an Online Dating Game for Youth

@ VOL 29 ON APR 01, 2014

Miriam Verburg is the producer of LongStory, one of the first LGBTQ friendly dating games made specifically for young people. She discusses why she decided to devote two years of her life to producing a dating game for kids and shows some of the interesting things she learned along the way about creating games about feelings. 

"Presentation of the Day" on July 9, 2014.

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Mo Ride Across Canada

@ VOL 29 ON APR 01, 2014

When Jordan Gildersleeve found out his father had colon cancer, he was willing to go to great lengths to help out in whatever way he could. This led him and some friends to do Moustache Ride Across Canada, a 4,500 km wintertime cycling trip in support of Movember. Along the way, they had their fair share of ups and downs, from beautiful vistas to frozen bikes and a stinky RV but ultimately the trip ended up raising over $160,000 for prostate and testicular cancer research. Above all, the trip stressed the importance of being diligent and open about men’s physical and mental health.

Rotem Yaniv
Architecture, Vision Lead at PULP: paper art party, works at CxT Architects in Toronto
Elizabeth Elliott
Textile Artist, Libs Elliott Textiles in Toronto
Jordan Gildersleeve
Impact Investing / Crazy person, MaRS in Toronto
Lily Tse
Founder / CEO, Think Dirty in Toronto
Miriam Verburg
Director, Bloom Digital Media in Toronto
Pantea Razzaghi
Chief Cultural Officer, Synbiota in Toronto
Mandy Wintink
Chief Provacateur & Founding Director at the Centre for Applied Neuroscience, Centre for Applied Neuroscience & UofT in Toronto