Welcome!

Adobe Flex Authors: Matthew Lobas, PR.com Newswire, Shelly Palmer, Kevin Benedict

News Feed Item

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

30th 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 30th 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: http://conferences.ted.com/TED2014/program/speakers.php

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 the connection 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 be installed 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 pm7:45 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 Kahneman.

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 new TED Talks are 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 translating their 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, [email protected], +1 (646) 519-1350

SOURCE TED

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regu...
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
Multiple data types are pouring into IoT deployments. Data is coming in small packages as well as enormous files and data streams of many sizes. Widespread use of mobile devices adds to the total. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will look at the tools and environments that are being put to use in IoT deployments, as well as the team skills a modern enterprise IT shop needs to keep things running, get a handle on all this data, and deli...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Grape Up will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct. 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Grape Up is a software company specializing in cloud native application development and professional services related to Cloud Foundry PaaS. With five expert teams that operate in various sectors of the market across the U.S. and Europe, Grape Up works with a variety of customers from emergi...
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in compute, storage and networking technologies, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Supermicro (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology, is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/...
Amazon has gradually rolled out parts of its IoT offerings in the last year, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to optimizing their back-end AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT – especially in the connected home and office. Amazon is extending its reach by building on its dominant Cloud IoT platform, its Dash Button strategy, recently announced Replenishment Services, the Echo/Alexa voice recognition control platform, the 6-7 strategic...
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...
Judith Hurwitz is president and CEO of Hurwitz & Associates, a Needham, Mass., research and consulting firm focused on emerging technology, including big data, cognitive computing and governance. She is co-author of the book Cognitive Computing and Big Data Analytics, published in 2015. Her Cloud Expo session, "What Is the Business Imperative for Cognitive Computing?" is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8, at 8:40 a.m. In it, she puts cognitive computing into perspective with its value to the busin...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Hitachi, the leading provider the Internet of Things and Digital Transformation, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., offers an integrated portfolio of services and solutions that enable digital transformation through enhanced data management, governance, mobility and analytics. We help globa...
Cognitive Computing is becoming the foundation for a new generation of solutions that have the potential to transform business. Unlike traditional approaches to building solutions, a cognitive computing approach allows the data to help determine the way applications are designed. This contrasts with conventional software development that begins with defining logic based on the current way a business operates. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Judith S. Hurwitz, President and CEO of Hurwitz & ...
Financial Technology has become a topic of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities. Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 20th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York, June 6-8, 2017, will find fresh new content in a new track called FinTech.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centers, 14 virtual data centers and 31 colocation centers, with connections to 195 add...
The age of Digital Disruption is evolving into the next era – Digital Cohesion, an age in which applications securely self-assemble and deliver predictive services that continuously adapt to user behavior. Information from devices, sensors and applications around us will drive services seamlessly across mobile and fixed devices/infrastructure. This evolution is happening now in software defined services and secure networking. Four key drivers – Performance, Economics, Interoperability and Trust ...
Grape Up is a software company, specialized in cloud native application development and professional services related to Cloud Foundry PaaS. With five expert teams that operate in various sectors of the market across the USA and Europe, we work with a variety of customers from emerging startups to Fortune 1000 companies.
Cybersecurity is a critical component of software development in many industries including medical devices. However, code is not always written to be robust or secure from the unknown or the unexpected. This gap can make medical devices susceptible to cybersecurity attacks ranging from compromised personal health information to life-sustaining treatment. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Clark Fortney, Software Engineer at Battelle, will discuss how programming oversight using key methods can incre...
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound e...
@ThingsExpo has been named the Most Influential ‘Smart Cities - IIoT' Account and @BigDataExpo has been named fourteenth by Right Relevance (RR), which provides curated information and intelligence on approximately 50,000 topics. In addition, Right Relevance provides an Insights offering that combines the above Topics and Influencers information with real time conversations to provide actionable intelligence with visualizations to enable decision making. The Insights service is applicable to eve...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in compute, storage and networking technologies, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Supermicro (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology, is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/...