Reorganizing your closet and finding some leftover gifts from this holiday season? Before you re-gift, join us in celebrating the things you won’t: the coolest stuff you’ll walk away with at a TEDx event — besides a couple epiphanies, of course.
Above: Idea notebooks at TEDxYouth@Monterey. For TEDxYouthDay, designer Joyce Lin crated beautiful mini-notebooks for the attendees of TEDxYouth@Monterey. We love these little books, stamped with blank conversation bubbles and ready for recording ideas worth spreading. For more on Joyce’s design, click here.
Next: TEDxSunnyvale’s wood-fired nametags. Time, cherry wood, and good old fashioned lasers were just some of the things that went into making TEDxSunnyvale’s super cool laser-etched wooden nametags. Personalized with each attendee and speaker’s name, as well as custom artwork for the event, the badges brought something special to the often-boring “getting to know you” process, and — according to organizers — smelled wonderful. See more photos of the badges here.
Ideas worth basketing at TEDxAmsterdam. Often named one of the world’s top bicycle-friendly cities, it is estimated that over half of the citizens of Amsterdam use a bicycle on a daily basis. At TEDxAmsterdam, organizers took this into consideration: while presenting the annual gift bag, team member Irene Rompa rode out on a bike, presenting the year’s “bag” — a bike basket. A basket was chosen over a gift bag or a tote because, with its high capacity for groceries, home goods, and a natural integration with bike culture, it enables users to stop using hundreds of plastic bags a year. Learn more about the idea behind the baskets here.
Puzzling presents at TEDxEastsidePrep. The organizers at TEDxEastsidePrep didn’t let their audience get away easy with their event swag — attendees had to put the gift together themselves. This was a 12-piece puzzle, which when assembled correctly, created a giant TEDxEastsidePrep orb. View step-by-step instructions on assembling the orb here.
On-demand swag at TEDxDublin. A session break introduced the attendees of TEDxDublin to a new technology for TEDx giveaways: 3D printing. As part of a demo of the famed tabletop printers, TEDx’ers made red X keychains to remember the day of new ideas and good discussions.
TEDxNewy’s city on a tote. For TEDxNewy, organizer Siobhan Curran commissioned local artist Trevor Dickinson to create a gift bag in the spirit of their city: Newcastle, Australia. “Trevor is well-known in Newcastle for capturing idiosyncratic Newcastle landscapes,” said Siobhan, and therefore — the perfect choice to capture the city on fabric for TEDxNewy. He made sure to combine the “old” Newcastle with the “new,” invoking the event’s theme, “Shock of the New.” See the fruits of his labor above.