The world comes together for TED2013: TEDxLive events around the globe
At the end of February, TED2013 went live far beyond the city limits of Long Beach, California. In 60 countries worldwide — excited TED’xers became TEDsters for a day (or night!) — experiencing “The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered.” in the heart of their communities: inside theaters, schools, local haunts, and cultural centers. These were TEDxLive events — TEDx events centered around a live simulcast of TED2013 in Long Beach.
In Sidney, British Columbia, Canadian TEDx’ers gathered together to watch day three of TED2013 in a local secondary school for the TEDxSaanichPeninsulaLive event. Organizer Sherry Moir said a moving moment of the day came after 16-year-old Jack Andraka spoke about the new method of detecting pancreatic cancer that he developed when he was only 15. Once he finished speaking, Sherry overheard one of the school’s students say, “He might have saved my dad if he’d only done this at age 12!”
“I thought it was quite profound,” she said. “No limitations on the age of discovery.”
At TEDxRawalRiverLive across the world in Katowice, Poland, attendees were wowed by the energy and ambition of Session 7 speaker and urban gardener Ron Finley. “You could almost feel that people wanted to go outside the venue and start to plant,” said organizer Paweł Wyszomirski. Finley’s enthusiasm was a welcomed presence in TEDxRawalLake’s Katowice, because as Pawal explains, “Since the collapse of communism, the city is changing from a place dominated by coal mines and steel factories into a place more people-friendly. Such street gardens are very needed in Katowice.” He hopes that by the summer, real change will begin to take place, and that innovators like Finley will start the fire in Katowice’s residents to make that happen.
In Rwanda, TEDxNyarugengeLive’s TEDx’ers gathered on a rooftop in Kigali for drinks, discussion, kebabs, and ideas worth spreading under the night sky. Much fun was had, with attendee Lee Crawfurd (@rovingbandit) tweeting, “Fantastic @TEDxNyarugenge event with over 100 people on @TheOfficeRW rooftop in Kigali last night, congrats.”
And in Austin, TX, kids took the cake at TEDxLakeTravisLive. “The highlight of our event were our young attendees,” said event organizer Tracey Vickery. “We had numerous kids, and I was so pleased to see each and every one was riveted…regardless of topic. It was wonderful to watch. They were curious and asked a lot of questions about the speakers and the event itself. I believe we created some young TEDsters, and we hope to host a TEDxYouth event at some point.”
Congratulations to the over 200 amazing TEDx events for making TED2013 a truly global conference. See more pictures from these fantastic events on the TEDx Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TEDxEvents
Above: Photos from TEDxBaghdadLive; TEDxRiversideAvondaleLive; TEDxTallinnLive; TEDxChisinauLive; TEDxUCRLive