TED2014, "The Next Chapter," Gets Underway in Vancouver, BC

         TED2014, "The Next Chapter," Gets Underway in Vancouver, BC

  PR Newswire

  VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 17, 2014

-- 30 ^th anniversary conference to host 1,300 delegates for five-day program
featuring 70+ talks and performances

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --TED, the nonprofit
devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, opens its annual conference today in
Vancouver. Themed "The Next Chapter," TED2014 will celebrate the
organization's 30 ^th anniversary by hosting 1,300 attendees from more than 40
countries for a five-day program of 70+ speakers and performers. This year's
move to Vancouver marks the first time the event has taken place outside of
the U.S.

The TED2014 program features speakers sharing ideas in 18 minutes or less,
TED's signature format, as well as short presentations from this year's TED
Fellows and dozens of past TED speakers returning for the anniversary. Talks
will explore insights from the last thirty years, as well as ideas about the
future, across a wide range of disciplines.

"This year's theme encouraged us to reach out to some of the world's most
interesting thinkers and doers, and challenge them to help us shape our most
ambitious conference in TED history," said TED Curator Chris Anderson. "With
their help, we've put together a program that will help us all take a fresh
look at what happened these last 30 years and apply that knowledge to
understand what's ahead."

TED2014 speakers and performers include:

  *MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte 
  *Astronaut Chris Hadfield
  *Documentary filmmaker Yoruba Richen
  *Bill and Melinda Gates
  *Geneticist Wendy Chung
  *xkcd cartoonist Randall Munroe
  *MIT prostheticist Hugh Herr
  *Philosopher David Chalmers
  *Firefly expert Sara Lewis
  *Art historian Sarah Lewis
  *Writer Andrew Solomon
  *DJ Mark Ronson
  *Physicist Allan Adams
  *Facebook UX master Margaret Gould Stewart
  *Science writer Ed Yong
  *Brain researcher Nancy Kanwisher
  *Musician and activist Sting
  *Space scientist Will Marshall
  *Arctic explorer Ben Saunders
  *Writer Jennifer Senior
  *Leadership expert Simon Sinek
  *Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and husband Mark Kelly

The full speaker list can be found here:

The conference will take place in Vancouver's award-winning Convention Centre.
TED invited renowned architect David Rockwell and his firm Rockwell Group to
create a theater that would maximize theconnection between speaker and
audience, allowing the audience to immerse itself more deeply in the
talks.Their stunning design will allow a unique 1,200-seat theater, built out
of wood, to beinstalled at the Centre annually for the conference.TED's
longtime partner Steelcase was instrumental in the design and staging of the
entire theater seating experience, providing eleven different lines of newly
manufactured furniture, some custom pieces, all upholstered in DesignTex
materials. Specialist Swiss exhibition constructor NUSSLI assembled the entire
theater in less than a week. Talks by TED Fellows and past speakers will take
place in a second custom theater, designed by Vancouver architecture and
interior design firm MGA, using locally sourced wood provided by Interfor.

The TED2014 experience will extend well beyond this theater, with talks
streamed live to several thousand people around the globe, including to TEDx
event attendees, Fellows, Translators and to subscribing members of TED Live.
The TEDActive Conference will convene this week in Whistler, BC, where
attendees participate in an engaging onsite program and take in a live
simulcast of TED2014. TED will also make an online livestream of its TED Prize
session, when winner Charmian Gooch of Global Witness will announce her wish,
free to the general public on Tuesday, March 18 from 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm PDT.
Vancouver secondary schools, universities, libraries, community centers and
NGOs can get free access to the conference webstream, and the general
Vancouver public can watch live on the Jumbotron screen at Terry Fox Plaza in
Yaletown, Vancouver.

The spirit of openness is all part of TED's evolution over the last 30 years.
What was once a closed-door conference devoted to Technology, Entertainment
and Design has become a radically open global platform for spreading ideas
across a wide variety of disciplines. Founded in 1984 by Richard Saul Wurman,
the first TED conferences were held in Monterey, California. Media
entrepreneur and TED attendee Chris Anderson purchased TED in 2001, and turned
it into a non-profit. In 2006, he and his team experimented with putting TED
Talk videos online for free, and over the following eight years, have tested
other various on- and offline initiatives to further open up the organization.

Today, TED holds two annual conferences – TED in Vancouver, and TEDGlobal in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – and posts the talks on TED.com for free. It also
offers licenses to host independently organized local TEDx events, invites
online volunteers to translate TED Talk videos, and much more. So far there
have been close to 10,000 TEDx events in locations as diverse as Antarctica,
Nairobi and the Sydney Opera House. TED Talk videos have been watched more
than 1.9 billion times, and thousands of volunteers have translated TED Talk
videos into more than one hundred languages.

"In my early days as an attendee and then as Curator of TED, I couldn't help
but wonder: what would happen if we gave the rest of the world access to the
incredible thinking from this one private event?" said Anderson. "So we
attempted to do just that. And like many others, we learned rather quickly
that if you're ready to give away what's most precious to you, you may be
amazed at what the world gives back."

A number of exciting brands and companies have partnered with TED2014 and
TEDActive 2014 to share ideas and foster an atmosphere of innovation. This
year's partners include:Adobe, Arup, Autodesk, Aveda, Bing, Black Bond Books,
The Boston Consulting Group, car2go, Centerplate Catering, Citi, Coca-Cola,
Delta, Disney, Epson Projectors, Estee Lauder Companies, Event Water
Solutions, EverFi, Genentech, Google, Interfor, Jawbone, Lexus, The Lincoln
Motor Company, MGA, Microsoft Office 365, Nielsen, Polycom, PR Newswire,
RetailMeNot, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation, Shaw
Carpet, Skype, State Street, Steelcase, S'well Bottles, Syfy, Target, TELUS,
TOMS, Vancouver Tourism Partners, Vosges Haut Chocolat, Walmart, The Weather
Company, Westfield, Workspring and World Coffee Events and their partners.

Live blog coverage of the conference will be updated throughout each day at
blog.ted.com . The detailed TED2014 program and more information can be found
online here: http://conferences.ted.com/TED2014/ .

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a
four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its
mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the
world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of
these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com . TED speakers have
included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson,
Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British
Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The
annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil. TED's media initiatives include TED.com , where newTED Talksare
posted daily; the Open Translation Project , which provides subtitles and
interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the
educational initiative TED-Ed . TED has established the annual TED Prize ,
where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help
translatingtheir wishes into action; TEDx , which supports individuals or
groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world, and
the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the
globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks , or on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/TED .

Contact: Margaret Sullivan, TED@groupsjr.com , +1 (646) 519-1350

Website: http://www.ted.com
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