TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged. TED is now an annual conference that brings together the world’s leading thinkers and doers to share ideas in diverse disciplines including technology, science, entertainment, motivation, social issues, health and wellness, entrepreneurship and the economy. The talks at the TED conference are then made available to watch for free at https://www.ted.com/talks.
With TED’s meteoric rise in popularity, demand for live, localized TED events increased too. In 2009, in the spirit of “ideas worth spreading”, TED created TEDx – a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share the TED conference-like experience at a very affordable price. At a TEDx event, live speakers combine with TED Talk videos to spark deep conversations based around ideas worth spreading. TEDx events are organized by local individuals under license from TED. In the order of 2,000 TEDx events now take place annually around the world.
A TED Conference is a 5-day live event with a ticket price of at least US$8,500. Speakers are from around the world. Attendance is by application. TEDx events are one day or less, are live and the organizers and speakers are local. The ticket price is less than US$100 and attendees seldom need to apply to attend.
The vision of TEDxStanleyPark is to move the needle toward a better world. It does this by producing an annual conference that spotlights a diverse range of humanity’s tough, tangible, specific and universal challenges and offers innovative and optimistic solutions to those challenges. These solutions give legs to dreams of what could be.
The mission of TEDxStanleyPark is to produce a suite of talks of such high content and production value that our attendees are activated to do things that move the needle toward a better world.
TEDxStanleyPark has 4 core beliefs:
Our perennial theme is Ideas to Action. This theme is born from our belief that all human achievement is rooted in 3 elements: the dreams that we dream, the decisions that we make, and the actions that we take. And the most impactful of these is the actions that we take.
Our Ideas to Action theme guides our selection of talks to those that trigger conversations that matter, lend support to worthy charities, cause policy changes and launch movements.
The ‘TEDxStanleyPark’ name was inspired by Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park – both the park and the conference inspire, stimulate and energize their visitors. The TEDxStanleyPark conference is held in downtown Vancouver and NOT in Stanley Park.
The first TEDxStanleyPark conference took place on Saturday, March 17, 2013 in front of 100 attendees at The Theatre inside the UBC Campus at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver. On Saturday, May 23, 2015 the second TEDxStanleyPark conference took place in front of 450 attendees at the Granville Island Stage located on Granville Island, Vancouver; it was sold out several weeks in advance and its 13 talks evoked 7 standing ovations. The third TEDxStanleyPark conference took place On Saturday, May 28, 2016 in front of 2,000 attendees at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in downtown Vancouver; all 15 speakers received standing ovations.
|1||Ashley Zahabian||Ready, set, stuck|
|2||Bill Stainton||Crack your cocoon|
|3||Elizabeth May||Making every vote count|
|4||Gordon Campbell||Early childhood, forced marriage|
|5||Jacqueline Way||The 365give Challenge|
|6||Jill Prescott||Let me tell you a secret|
|7||Jonathan Cote||The future of cities|
|8||Melissa Haynes||Playing with a lion’s testicles|
|9||Mike Shaw||Grief happens|
|10||Shaun Frankson||Yes, you can be a change agent|
|11||Steve Gill||Escape addiction|
|12||Tamer Mohamed||Bio printing human tissues|
|13||Vikram Vij||A toxic pairing|
Scores of people submitted abstracts. 13 of these were selected on the basis of their content, the power of their call to action and their fit within an overall program. Each speaker was then assigned a coach and a multi-month talk development process began.
The speakers’ videos will be made available a few weeks after March 4. Sign up for our newsletter as this is how we will let you know when and how to find them. Go to http://www.tedxstanleypark.com/ and click on Receive Updates.
The speakers will be available during the day on March 4. They are very searchable on various social media channels. Their email addresses appear in the program guide you’ll receive on March 4 and in the video descriptions.
TEDxStanleyPark has 10 teams: program, production, partnerships, video, marketing, sales, finance, administration, on-the-day hosting and after party. In total, it takes around 70 people to make TEDxStanleyPark a legendary experience for our guests, speakers, partners and suppliers.
TEDxStanleyPark excels in 5 ways:
1. Superb Content:
Our primary goal is to activate attendees to do things that move the needle toward a better world. We achieve this by producing a suite of 13 diverse talks with high content value and activation energy.
2. Superb Production Value:
We produce high production value videos of our speakers’ talks. To bring this about, we employ the services of a professional videographer using state of the art equipment.
3. Superb Venue:
TEDxStanleyPark does not hold its events in gymnasiums, classrooms or ballrooms but in quality theatres. The 2017 venue is the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in downtown Vancouver. This theatre has 2,659 excellent seats in rows with a generous rake to give good sight lines and great acoustics that enable guests to hear every word. Our 2017 event and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre is a potent pairing.
4. Superb Hospitality:
Our attention to guests’ needs is intense:
5. Superb Sustainability:
TEDxStanleyPark’s environmental impact is as low as possible:
TEDxStanleyPark will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Breakfast is served and the registration kiosks open at 8:00am. The lobby and auditorium doors, coat check, food concessions and lobby exhibits open at 8:30am. The event concludes no later than 6pm. The after party commences at 6:05pm and runs until 9:00pm.
At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, V6B 5N6, phone 604.665.3050.
TEDxStanleyPark is the name of an event and not a location. The name was chosen to capture the spirit of Stanley Park which stimulates, inspires and energizes its visitors.
West Georgia Street and the Vancouver Public Library are to the south, Dunsmuir Street and Vancouver Community College (City Centre Campus) are to the north and Cambie Street and the Beatty Street Armoury are to the east of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is centrally located and easy to get to by foot, bicycle, Skytrain, bus and car:
There are several car public parking options:
Because it has several desirable features:
We have divided the auditorium into 4 sections: VIP section, Premium Rows section, General Admission section and Balcony section. Seats can be bought in the VIP, General Admission and Balcony sections but specific seats in those sections are filled on a first come first served basis. Premium Rows are in the Orchestra Centre Section and Right and Left Centre Sections. Specific Premium Rows can be bought.
Yes. There are 16 wheelchair spaces with companion seats.
The Queen Elizabeth Theatre supplies hearing assist devices.
The day’s program features 13 high-impact talks, 4 TED Talk Videos, 25-minute mid-morning and mid-afternoon refreshment breaks and a 90-minute lunch break.
At 8:00am the registration kiosks open and breakfast is served. At 8:30am the lobby and auditorium doors, coat check, food concessions and lobby exhibits open. The program starts at 10am. The first refreshment break is at around 11:15am for 25 minutes. Lunch is from 1:15pm to 2:45pm. The mid-afternoon break is at around 3:50pm for 25 minutes. The program concludes no later than 6pm. The after party starts at 6:05pm and runs until 9:00pm.
We describe TEDxStanleyPark as a “legendary” annual event. What gives us the right to use the word “legendary”? A part of it is the quality of our talks. Another part is our choice of venue. But the biggest part is the distance we go beyond the extra mile to give our guests a memorable experience featuring:
You’ll laugh, you’ll clap, you’ll cry and you’ll cringe and you’ll walk away with actionable wisdom.
There are frequent opportunities for guests to interact with each other and with the speakers.
Yes. We believe in “ideas worth spreading” and feel that webcasting our event is a great way to amplify the reach and impact of our speakers’ talks. Viewers can watch the event free on their computers, smartphones and TVs from any location in the world with an internet connection.
You cannot shoot video, audio or photographs inside the auditorium. Outside the auditorium you are welcome to shoot video, audio and photographs.
Yes, but you’ll be asked to be as quiet and non-disruptive as possible.
No. Babies and toddlers have a habit of crying at the most inopportune moments.
Yes but be aware that some of the talks contain mature content.
TEDxStanleyPark is hosting an after party to give partners and suppliers the opportunity to meet our speakers and energizers. Because of space constraints it is by invitation only. We encourage you to arrange your own after party to talk about what you have just heard. There are 26 restaurants nearby – see the Food & Beverage FAQ below.
Subject to availability, there is no limit on the number of tickets that you can buy. If you require a large block of contiguous seats please contact Roger Killen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.408.0888.
VIP tickets cost $127+GST (this drops to $117 when you buy a full row of VIP seats). General admission tickets cost $97+GST. Balcony tickets cost $77+GST.
You can pay online with a credit card for individual tickets.If your require a complete row of seats you can pay by cheque or Interac – contact Roger Killen at email@example.com or 604.408.0888.
No. All you need to claim your conference bracelet (which is what gives you admission to the event) on March 4 is your first and last names and your email address.
All tickets purchased are non-refundable and non-transferable.
All tickets purchased are non-refundable and non-transferable.
We go to extraordinary lengths to ensure that we meet or exceed our attendees’ expectations. However, we cannot guarantee their satisfaction. All tickets purchased are non-refundable and non-transferable.
The entry into the Queen Elizabeth Theatre is through the double glass doors at 650 Hamilton Street. You will have to show the uniformed attendants your bracelet. You can pick up your bracelet in two ways:
The auditorium doors are opened at 8:30am.
Yes, but food and beverages cannot be taken inside.
Yes, the cost is $2 per item.
TEDxStanleyPark does not supply snacks. You have 2 options:
You are not permitted to bring food or beverages into the auditorium.
TEDxStanleyPark will provide you with a complimentary continental breakfast. This is served from 8:00am to 10:00am in the lobby of the Vancouver Community College – 60m north of the QET.
For lunch you have several options:
118 Robson St.
Bogart’s Tasting Bar
121 Robson St.
808 Beatty St.
568 Beatty St.
255 Robson St.
562 Beatty St.
Frankie’s Italian Kitchen
765 Beatty St.
590 W. Georgia St.
Kung Fu Noodle
682 Seymour St.
300 W. Georgia St.
Moxie’s Grill & Bar
180 W. Georgia St.
298 Robson St.
Patron Tacos & Cantina
265 Robson St.
Ricky’s All Day Grill
111 Dunsmuir St.
Ryuu Japanese Kitchen
757 Seymour St.
700 Hamilton St.
405 Dunsmuir St.
We are committed to leaving as small an environmental footprint as possible and are taking the following measures to make that happen:
Our 2,659 live guests, and tens of thousands of online guests, are “TEDsters”: 30 to 60 year old working professionals with household incomes in excess of $110,000 and well above average levels of formal education.
TEDsters are open and civic minded, curious and motivated to make a difference.
All partners receive various forms of publicity, seats and other exploitable commercial potential. Each partnership is designed on a case by case basis. TEDxStanleyPark is open to all sorts of creative ways to building win:win partnerships. Contact Roger Killen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.408.0888.