5 Can’t-Miss Speakers at TED2016 in Vancouver, Feb 15-19

Photo credit: Danny Robinson | Flickr

Photo credit: Danny Robinson | Flickr

Some of the brightest minds on the planet are converging on Vancouver (again).

TED, the conference known for its inspired 18-minute speeches on “ideas worth spreading,” returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre for the third year, this Feb. 15-Feb. 19.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, premiered 30 years ago and has since become a global phenomenon. To date, TED talks – on just about every topic under the sun – have attracted more than 1 billion views online.

Tickets to the TED2016 conference itself require a full written application (think university admission essay) and price in at $8,500 a pop. But – luckily for the rest of us – talks are also simulcast live to community centres, schools and other venues throughout the city (full list TBD, but here’s a rundown of venues from last year).

The theme for this year’s TED is Dream! In the words of organizers, the conference is “dedicated to great feats of imagineering, invention, innovation … and the courageous dreamers who can bring us with them on their journey.” Here’s a sneak peek of five of the biggest name dreamers coming to TED2016. (The times below indicate the window during which the individual is set to speak.)

Al Gore: The former US Vice President, nobel laureate and global-warming whistleblower takes the stage as part of a series of presentations ominously titled “Nightmare?” Gore is determined to take a hard look at the challenges posed by climate change, while also encouraging us to move toward real solutions. No word yet if he’ll discuss the time he invented the Internet. Wed., Feb. 17, from 5 p.m.-6:45 p.m. 
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5 Can’t-Miss Speakers at TED2016 in Vancouver, Feb 15-19

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.

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TED 2015 Preview: 9 Speakers Not to Miss in Vancouver

Photo credit: Danny Robinson | Flickr

Photo credit: Danny Robinson | Flickr

TED is returning to Vancouver.

The annual conference – which features inspiring, 18-minute speeches from some of the planet’s most brilliant people – is back for the second year in Vancouver, March 16-March 20 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. And the lineup is packed with more legendary thinkers, inventors, designers and disruptors than ever.

The theme for TED2015 is Truth and Dare. According to organizers, speakers will take a look at hard truths about our environment, the state of our economy, the government and more.  And they’ll dare to propose bold answers, using the latest technology and innovations.

Alas, tickets to TED (which start at $8,500 a pop) sold out long ago.  But don’t despair. Speeches will be simulcast to multiple locations in and around the city for free. In the meantime, here are 10 speakers not to miss from the TED2015 lineup, with excerpts from their official TED bios:

Alan Eustace, Google Senior VP of Knowledge and space jumper: “On October 21, 2014, Google Senior Vice President of Knowledge Alan Eustace donned a custom-built, 400-pound spacesuit, was strapped to a weather balloon, and rose to a height of over 135,000 feet, where he dove to Earth at speeds exceeding 821 miles-per-hour — breaking both the sound barrier and previous records for high-altitude jumps.” Speaking March 17, between 2:15 p.m. and 4 p.m.   Continue reading:
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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.

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Where to See TED 2015 for Free in Vancouver

2014 TEDx Vancouver Tickets on sale now

TEDx Vancouver returns October 18.

TEDx Vancouver returns October 18. Photo Credit: Flickr || Cathy Browne

If you missed the TED talks held earlier this year in Vancouver, then perhaps you can find a some local ideas worth spreading October 18 at TEDx Vancouver.

Professional traveller Robin Esrock, beloved punk rock journalist Nardwuar and local philanthropist Joel Solomon have all graced the stage during past TEDx Vancouver events. This year, a retired MLS Soccer player, a sexologist and a close friend of the Dalai Lama will wow audiences on October 18 at TEDx Vancouver, an independently organized TED Event that will feature Vancouver speakers and artists.

The TEDx Vancouver theme for 2014 is TILT. Event organizers hope that the TILT theme will explore how people are challenging the status quo and engrained patterns of the human pysche.  Continue reading:
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TED to Broadcast Live Feed of TED2014 to Vancouver Public

Photo: Brian Chase | Flickr

Photo: Brian Chase | Flickr

TED invites the Vancouver public to watch a live outdoor broadcast of the entire TED2014 Conference on the Jumbotron screen at Terry Fox Plaza in Yaletown, Vancouver.

Arranged with the generous support of BC Pav Co., owners of BC Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre, and staffed by TED-knowledgeable volunteers from area TEDx events, the live broadcast will take place:

• Monday, March 17: 6pm-745pm
• Tuesday, March 18: 830am-745pm
• Wednesday, March 19: 830am-745pm
• Thursday, March 20: 9am-745pm
• Friday, March 21: 9am-1pm

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Giant 227-Metre Aerial Sculpture Coming to Vancouver Waterfront

An artist's rendering of what the new sculpture will look like.

An artist’s rendering of what the new sculpture will look like.

Ready for a new addition to the Vancouver waterfront?

A massive, 227-metre sculpture – longer than two football fields – is set to be installed on the edge of Coal Harbour, between the Vancouver Convention Centre and the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, later this month.

Consisting of soft, billowing fabric and other materials, the aerial sculpture is the work of internationally famous artist Janet Echelman, who has installed similar monumental works of art in San Francisco Airport’s new Terminal Two, above the Denver Art Museum and elsewhere.

The sculpture is set to be completed by March 17, timed to coincide with the start of the TED2014 conference in Vancouver (where, incidentally, Echelman is one of the speakers). Continue reading:
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