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Media Advisory - Queen's TEDx Salon discusses application, accessibility and privacy of wearable tech

Monday, October 16, 2017

TEDxQueensUSalon has partnered with the Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies to highlight graduate student research and expertise in a series of interactive TEDx Salon events. The first event of the year, called WIRED, will feature a screening of TED talks and live discussions with three doctoral candidates about the emerging field of wearable technology.


Three doctoral candidates will give flash talks about novel applications and future implications of wearable technology as it becomes more advanced and more readily available to the public. Talks will be followed by a screening of TED talks and interactive discussion with members of the audience.

Atul Jaiswal, an occupational therapist and PhD candidate at the Queen’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy will discuss wearable technology as it pertains to accessibility and rehabilitation. His current research focuses on understanding how assistive technology is helping people with deafblindness.

Debra Mackinnon, a PhD candidate in the Queen’s Department of Sociology will discuss how surveillance, policing, and data collection techniques and habits will evolve as the market for wearable technology grows.

Steven Richardson, a PhD candidate in the Queen’s Department of Sociology will discuss his research into the development and adoption of emerging technology, like wearables. He will focus in on how users’ contribute to the design and development of these technologies and how enterprise and industrial use will shape the trajectory of wearable technology in the workplace.


The event takes place Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Ellis Hall, Room 333 – Queen’s University
58 University Avenue

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations).

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to  thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.


Media contact
Dave Rideout
Communications Officer