UNTETHER.talks: The TEDx of Mobile

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(Originally published on notable.ca)

The TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) talks, founded in 1984 by private non-profit Sapling Foundation, were created as an outlet to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.” Speakers address an increasingly wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture and are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can.

As the years have passed, the conference has grown considerably and, as of last June, 2011, the videos of the talks – which are free for viewing online – have been viewed more than 500 million times by viewers all over the world.

What these talks haven’t touched on is the state of mobile, the it-never-stops-moving industry that has changed the way we communicate with each other on a regular basis.

Let us introduce you to the first annual UNTETHER.talks coming up in a week and a half in Toronto, a notable event that plans to fill that void and shed some light on the fast-paced industry.

With the potential to become the TEDx for Mobile in Toronto, the two-day event will bring together some of the brightest industry minds to discuss the future of mobile and how we, as a connected society, will get there. Scheduled speakers include: Amber MacArthur, Damien Patton, Rob Woodbridge, and Kunal Gupta. All extremely accomplished and respected in the industry, they will discuss their ideas and their predictions for the next five years in the mobile space.

So, why should you be there? And what makes it different?

Herbert Lui of TechVibes said it best:

“For those of you who manage businesses, you will need to keep up with the trends happening in mobile technology; they will affect your business regardless of your industry. This event is all about mobile technology—and how this force is not an industry, but a revolution that will seep into every organization and company we know of today. Every one of us saw a few years ago how the words “social media” began circulating around every entrepreneur, small business owner, and C-suite executives’ repertoire of jargon.”

Nowadays, everything is mobile. Everything. From the iPad that takes your order from your local coffee shop, to the digital menu housing entrees at a forward-thinking restaurant. Whether we are ready or not, mobile will seep its way into our day-to-day and UNTETHER.talks aims to explain this phenomena and enable us to understand and embrace it, rather than be confused and avoid the topic.

UNTETHER.talks hits Toronto on June 26th and 27th at Glenn Gould Studio.

Now, here’s the advantage of being a Notable reader: Use the coupon code ‘Notable’ (case sensitive) and save 25% off the full price. 

Click here to register for tickets.

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