All about TED2015 and TEDActive – This week in Vancouver and Whistler

Photo credit: Pierre Omidyar | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Pierre Omidyar | Wikimedia Commons

This week, some of the world’s brightest and boldest-thinking scientists, politicians, musicians, journalists and entertainers are taking the stage in the Vancouver Convention Centre for TED2015, March 16-20.  The annual seminar – famous for its inspired, 18-minute talks – has become a household name, with YouTube videos chalking up literally billions of views.

If you aren’t among the lucky few to have scored tickets for the event (which go for $8,500, by the way), you can catch the TED talks live on simulcasts throughout Vancouver. See this post for all the details on where to watch for free, including at the Vancouver Public Library, Science World and other locations.

Photo credit: Steve Jurvetson | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Steve Jurvetson | Wikimedia Commons

Speakers this year include one of the Google roboticists designing a self-driving car, an astrophysicist who’s on the hunt for a “twin earth” somewhere in the universe and a mathematician who developed an algorithm that turned him into a hedge-fund billionaire, not to mention Monica Lewinsky. For a look at 9 can’t-miss speakers, check out this post.

At the same time the conference is happening in Vancouver, the speeches will be streamed to a separate conference in Whistler, a little-known offshoot known as TEDActive.

Photo sourced from Whistler.com

Photo sourced from Whistler.com

Generally considered TED’s more outdoorsy, adventurous alter ego, the event is held inside the Whistler Conference Centre.  Attendees are still movers and shakers in the worlds of business, technology and entertainment (and tickets, at $4,250, are still in the astronomical range.) But the demographic tends to be younger and more energetic, splitting their time between the talks themselves and time on the slopes and in the mountains.

If you’re not planning to splurge on those tickets (sold out, in any case), all the action will also be streamed live (and for free) to the Whistler Public Library.  TEDActive also takes attendees on a slew of field trips and social nights in and around Whistler, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself doing shot-skis this week with future tech moguls from Silicon Valley, prize-winning researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs hoping to save the world.

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