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Globally influential in Vancouver for TED 2014

Bill Gates, Chris Hadfield and Sting among A-list influentials to thrill at TED 2014.  Public can watch live-streaming events across city.

TED 2014 Headliners: Bill Gates, Chris Hadfield, Sting - Vancouver Observer
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TED 2014 Vancouver construction
TED 2014 Vancouver construction
TED 2014 Vancouver construction
Photos of Bill Gates, Chris Hadfield, Sting, followed by construction and stage images provided by TED.

Call it "intellectual heroin" -- the “ultimate brain spa” -- or a “journey into the future in the company of those creating it” – and you get a sense of the stratospheric phrases used to describe the massive TED Conference about to hit Vancouver, starting Monday.

For the first time in the exclusive non-profit's 30-year history, the annual “mega think” event is being held outside California in this city. 

Bill Gates, Chris Hadfield and Sting are A-list influentials among the 100 plus speakers giving talks on a wide hors d'oeuvres tray of "ideas worth spreading."

Chris Anders TED Curator Vancouver 2014

TED Curator Chris Anderson talking to repoters Saturday - Photo: Mychaylo Prystupa

“TED talks are about a ridiculous variety of things from technology, entertainment, design, through to business, science, various global issues,” said Chris Anderson, TED Curator in Vancouver on Saturday.

1,300 lucky souls -- who applied, got vetted, and paid $7,500 USD -- will soon devoir 18-minute presentations from some of the world’s most influential thinkers, doers and achievers.  A custom built TED theatre -- still smelling of freshly cut Douglas Fir – was crafted at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

TED 2013

TED 2013 - photos by TED

TED talks are tightly controlled events where few outsiders are permitted.  Stayed tuned to Vancouver Observer for all the latest #TED2014 stories, from presenters Monday to Friday this week.

“There are a few [delegates] from Vancouver... it’s largely a global audience.  It’s largely an American audience,” said Anderson.

The Vancouver public can also watch the TED 2014 talks live at several locations, including the jumbotron outside BC Place at Terry Fox plaza, Vancouver Public Library, BCIT and SFU.  All talks will eventually be online for free at:
If you like climate science, leadership, plasma physics, 3D printing, philosophy, the Arctic, peace, fusion, type design, juggling, or microbial ecology, there’s a presenter for you, among the long list of TED speakers.

TED organizers say speakers “were pushed” to distill down their complex topics, so anyone with curiosity and an open mind, can take the information in.

“[It’s] a rare chance to hear a really brilliant scientist for example, and instead of at the end of a conversation, scratching your head and saying ‘huh?’ – [you] now, say ‘Oh!  That’s why they’re excited,” said Anderson.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson TED art exhibit - Mychaylo Prystupa

Mayor Robertson unveiling public art exhibit outsider convention centre at launch of TED 2014.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said TED is a huge win for the city, bringing “movers and shakers” from all over the world.

“Some of the most brilliant thinkers in the world – and they get introduced to Vancouver and hopefully get passionate about our city, and bring some economic development dollars through tourism,” said Robertson on Saturday.

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