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

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:
TED 2015 Preview: 9 Speakers Not to Miss in Vancouver

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