Welcome to Vancouver TED2015 Truth and Dare

Welcome to VancouverTED#2, TED2015 Truth and Dare TED 2015

March 16-20, 2015 Vancouver Convention Centre
Are you visiting Vancouver for TED? Check out my local reviews.

About TED Conference

Vancouver is hosting its second TED conference, TED2015 Truth and Dare. TED (Technology, Education, Design) is an annual conference that addresses contemporary ideas in business, science, technology, culture, research and entertainment. The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. The conference itself is expensive and almost all who attend TED are relatively well off. This has lead some to suggest that TED is an elitist event, but Curator, Chris Anderson contended “this is probably the least elitist conference that exists since every TED talk is posted online for free. Those paying to attend the conference make it possible for the folks from TED to actually deliver these talks online at no cost.”

The US$8,500 (up from US$7,500 last year) tickets to TED Vancouver 2015 are by invitation-only and are already sold out, reported The Georgia Straight. Attendees are primarily from the US, but a third are international.

Watch Free Live Streaming TED2015 at Venues in Vancouver

Like last year, TED organizers have agreed to freely live stream conference sessions at various ‘qualified’ locations. City of Vancouver officials say streaming access to educational institutions and non-profits, may be open only to members.
Vancouver, web streaming will take place at:

  • Vancouver Public Library
  • Science World
  • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Education and main library branch
  • Vancouver International Film Centre
  • Potluck Café Society
  • Langara College
  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • YWCA Metro Vancouver
  • The AMP
  • Vancouver Community Network
  • Wolrige Foundation
  • Stratford Hall Secondary School
  • David Suzuki Foundation

What does TED mean to Vancouver?

More media attention than your average large medical or engineering conference. A harder time getting a seat at our favourite downtown restaurants and bars. And exposure. Exposure, by definition. And once again being the gracious host at a spectacular city.

Last Year’s TED2014 Vancouver

Hard to find non-TED-authored TED Info, but this Province piece published on Mar 18, 2014 is interesting. I would love to see more news on how TED attendees interact with Vancouver.

[Video] The average TED talk is 18 minutes long, The Province decided to ask TED 2014 Vancouver attendees if they could give us one of their great ideas that was worthy of sharing in 18 seconds. Here’s what they got.

Apply for your organization to stream the TED conference
Accredited Vancouver secondary schools, post-secondary institutions, libraries, and community centres as well as non-government organizations can apply to stream the TED conference. Apply by March 9.

History of TED by TED

MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte takes you on a journey through the last 30 years of tech and TED talks. The consummate predictor highlights interfaces and innovations he foresaw in the 1970s and 1980s that were scoffed at then but are ubiquitous today. And he leaves you with one last (absurd? brilliant?) prediction for the coming 30 years.

Enjoy!

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