More than 70 speakers are scheduled to take the stage in Vancouver for the annual TED Talks. About 1,300 people are expected to attend from about 58 countries around the world.
This is the third year TED has held the talks here, after moving the event from Long Beach, California. TED says the goal for attendees is to submerse themselves in “ideas worth spreading.”
The speakers this year include TV writer Shonda Rhimes, Nobel Laureate Al Gore and CEO of the Gates Foundation, Sue Desmond-Hellmann.
Each year has a theme – this year it’s “Dream.” According to their website, TED says, “It’s time to resurrect the spirit of John Kennedy’s great moonshot challenge of the 1960s. This will be a conference dedicated to great feats of imagineering, invention, innovation … and the courageous dreamers who can bring us with them on their journey.”
Tourism Vancouver says last year’s event brought an estimated $4.5 million to the city’s economy. This is based on direct visitor spending for 1,500 attendees over the four day conference.
The price tag for TED Vancouver is steep – $8,500 US, but there are ways you can watch the talks for free.
Locations in Vancouver to host web streams include:
Vancouver Public Library – Main Branch
Kitsilano Branch – Vancouver Public Library
Renfrew Branch – Vancouver Public Library
River District Community Centre
Potluck Cafe Society
The Wolrige Foundation
Vancouver Writers Fest
The University of British Columbia
For those outside of Vancouver, the following locations will also be live streaming the TED2016 conference:
Burnaby Public Library
Coquitlam Public Library
New Westminster Public Library
Richmond Public Library
North Vancouver City Library
Vancouver Island Regional Library
West Vancouver Memorial Library
Port Moody Public Library
Whistler Public Library
Burnaby North Secondary
Hugh Boyd Secondary School
H.J. Cambie Secondary School
A.R. MacNeill Secondary School
North Vancouver District Public Library
J. N. Burnett Secondary School
Richmond Secondary School
Hugh McRoberts Secondary School
Inquiry Hub Secondary School, School District 43
You should check with each location to make sure they are showing the talks you want to see.
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