Where to See TED 2015 for Free in Vancouver

Photo credit: Steve Jurvetson | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Steve Jurvetson | Wikipedia

TED – the annual conference that brings together some of the planet’s brightest thinkers – returns to Vancouver for its second instalment, March 16-20. The lineup for TED2015 is packed with more innovators and game changers than ever, including space jumper (and Google VP) Alan Eustace, TV producer Shonda Rhimes, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and exoplanet expert Sara Seager.

Tickets to see the four-day conference live in the Vancouver Convention Centre, however, will set you back $8,500 US a pop (Not to mention, you have to submit a formal application to get one and they sold out months ago). But that doesn’t mean you have to wait for the 18-minute speeches to show up on YouTube to get in on the action. There’s another way to take in all the TED wisdom live – and for free.

Photo credit: Red Maxwell | Flickr

Photo credit: Red Maxwell | Flickr

Each day’s round of speeches, which start as early as 8:30 a.m. and conclude as late as 7 p.m., will be live streamed to locations throughout metro Vancouver, including select secondary schools, universities, libraries, community centres and non-governmental organizations. TED organizers began extensive live streaming of content locally last year, in an effort to democratize the conference and generate interest beyond the lucky few able to attend in person.

So where can you watch a web stream of the 2015 TED conference in Vancouver? Here’s the current list of locations. More venues will likely be added, as applications to host live streaming are open until March 9.

  • 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

It’s important to note that some of the educational institutions and non-profits listed are showing TED for their students and members only. Check with venues to confirm details.

Photo uploaded to Wikimedia Commons

Photo uploaded to Wikimedia Commons

In addition to Vancouver, live streaming will also be available this year in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, New Westminster, North and West Vancouver, Richmond, Squamish, Surrey, Victoria and Whistler. For a full list of locations in those areas, consult municipal websites.

 

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