TEDxBaghdad’s event around the live simulcast of TED2012 took place on March 1st in Iraq’s only 3D cinema. When the simulcast began, only ten people were there — many of the streets in Baghdad were closed because of threats of multiple car bombs. Instead of going home, many passionate attendees parked their cars and walked up to one and a half hours to the cinema. A few hours later, the 100-person venue was packed full. The event, made better by music performances from audience members and — of course — popcorn, was covered by Baghdad television stations and served as a testament to the power of ideas and community to overcome threats of violence and terrorism.