Over 2,000 delegates are visiting the Vancouver Convention Centre for the annual TED conference and if you are not one of the exclusive attendees, you can still watch several TED Talks at select locations around Vancouver.
Dream is the theme for this year’s conference, dedicated to “great feats of imagineering, invention, innovation, and the courageous dreamers who can bring us with them on their journey.”
Where to Watch TED Talks in Vancouver
Until February 19th, you can watch TEDTalks at these locations:
Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch, Kitsilano Branch, and Renfrew Branch
River District Community Centre (8683 Kerr St)
One Earth (1949 Comox St #1002)
Potluck Cafe Society (30 W Hastings St)
The Wolrige Foundation (1826 West 33 Rd Ave)
Vancouver Writers Fest
The University of British Columbia
Some educational institutions and non-government organizations will only be live streaming for their members so check with the venue to confirm their details.
The first session of TED this year was simulcast in theatres across the USA and Canada, Europe and Australia. The speakers set the tone with inspiration, moon shot dreams, reflection, facing fears, music, dance, and movement.
10 year old Ishita Katyal told us not to ask children what they want to be when they grow up, but what they want to be right now. Astro Teller told us great dreams aren’t just visions, they are calculated with strategies. He sees things with unbalanced optimism and enthusiastic skepticism. Perspective. Riccardo Sabatini brought out over 262,000 pages of human code sequencing on stage. Our mothers: The ultimate 3D printers.
AR Rahman‘s performance told us that things can be more beautiful with music. Dan Pallotta said that TED this year should stand for Tend to Each other’s Dreams. Shonda Rhimes talked about her her Year of Yes. She would say yes to everything, even things she was afraid of. She said her dream job wasn’t about dreaming, it became a job. Find play. “The more we play, the better we work.”
Bill T Jones closed out the night with a moving performance with a passionate delivery through dance. He took us on a journey.
Check out the full TED conference schedule to hear from even more great speakers and follow the conversation online using the tag #TED2016.
Wines of Chile is onsite at TED to spark discourse about Chile’s own dream for sustainability and diversity in the wine industry, and I am honoured to be their social media ambassador in attendance.