On Saturday March 4th at 8:30 AM, thousands of “TEDxStanleyParkers” flooded the lobby of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in the heart of Vancouver British Columbia. We (JavSponsors) stood by our exhibit table that was quickly swarmed with professionals from a variety of industries, eagerly picking up the 3D Printed prototypes we had displayed. As the doors to the auditorium opened and we were ushered to our seats, the magic at TEDxStanleyPark was about to begin.
TEDxStanleyPark is one of the world’s largest TED conferences. It is held every March in Vancouver, British Columbia. High-impact talks address a diverse range of humanity’s tough challenges and offer practical and optimistic solutions. These talks inspire, stimulate and activate thoughtful optimists with open minds and big hearts to move the needle toward a better world (Source: www.tedxstanleypark.com).
“We want the ideas you hear to build awareness, power attitude shifts, trigger conversations that matter, lend support to worthy causes, provoke policy changes and launch movements. These actions give legs to dreams of what could be and move the needle toward a better world.” (Roger Killen, Producer – TEDxStanleyPark)
At Javelin, our motto is to always ‘Aim High’, so the vision of TEDxStanleyPark really resonates with us. This is one of the many reasons why we were so excited to be an official sponsor this year. As a sponsor, we were able to have a display table in the lobby of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre that would give us the opportunity to meet many of the event attendees during several coffee breaks throughout the day. We displayed various 3D printed prototypes that were created with different types of materials so that people could pick them up and really understand the capabilities of the technology. Of course one of the most common questions about 3D printing is “how do you print something” and in our business, that begins with creating a design in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD. The complete 3D design solution.
As a bonus, our sponsorship allowed us to invite 42 guests to experience TEDx with us! We had a great time with everyone and had a section of seats reserved for our group to watch the 13 High-Impact talks together.
13 High-Impact Talks
View the trailer of each TEDxStanleyPark 2017 talk: www.tedxstanleypark.com
TEDxStanleyPark 2016 Talk – The Power of Zero Tolerance (Isabelle Mercier)
3D Printing at TEDx
We’re not talking about the same 3D Printing technology that we are familiar with. Imagine the ability to 3D print replacement organs. You don’t have to be in the 3D Printing business to find this fascinating. Tamer Mohamed; President and CEO of Aspect Biosystems, explains that “instead of using plastics that are used in standard 3D printing, [they] use cells mixed with other biomaterials to print living things!”
Tamer’s talk at TEDxStanleyPark was not only fascinating, but also very eye-opening as he addressed several problems and concerns related to drug testing and clinical trials including the following facts:
- “90% of new drugs fail in clinical trials.”
- “Only 1 out of every 10 drugs that make it to clinical trials is successful.”
- “It takes an average of 12 years and $2.6 billion to take a drug from the lab to the pharmacy.”
The future of the healthcare industry has a very positive outlook thanks to bioprinting technology. As Tamer explained “bioprinting will enable us to accurately determine the human response of drugs outside of the body and reduce the reliance on animal testing.”
Lunch at Javelin Technologies
At 1:20 PM it was time for an hour lunch break. We invited our guests to join us for a nice catered lunch at our office located at 480 Smithe Street. This would allow everyone to have more time to network with each other including our special guest: Tamer Mohamed! Many attendees were professionals from a wide variety of industries in British Columbia. Our guests were also able to have a tour of our 3D printing lab to see firsthand how the process works.
That’s a Wrap!
TEDxStanleyPark was a huge success and we had a great experience as a sponsor and as a group of first time “TEDxStanleyParkers”. We left the event feeling motivated, ready to inspire brave actions and above all; continue to Aim High.
The next TEDxStanleyPark is scheduled for Saturday March 3, 3018 in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.