September 03, 2010 16:54 ET

TEDxVancouver Announces Official Date and Venue for 2010 Event

North Shore to Play Host to This Year's TEDx Conference with Exciting New Lineup of Speakers to Be Revealed Soon

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 3, 2010) - In the spirit and tradition of TED, TEDxVancouver - a one-day celebration of imagination, inspiration and great ideas- will take place on November 27 at Kay Meek Center on Vancouver's North Shore.

The event's theme this year is "The Fine Line", created to reflect the sometimes contradictory and dichotomous points of view in our rapidly changing world - ranging from art, technology to the environment. The goal behind TEDxVancouver 2010 is to demonstrate how diverse viewpoints are a catalyst for cutting edge technology, world-class research and great works of art. Like TED's own mission "The Fine Line" represents the space where ideas are born.

TEDxVancouver celebrates its second annual event by infusing the world-renowned TED platform with local energy and spirit, in tandem with a line up of outstanding speakers. The speakers for TEDxVancouver are hand picked for their inspired thinking and world acclaimed accomplishments. In the TED tradition, each speaker is challenged to give "the talk of their life" in 18 minutes or less. These talks will be interspersed with mind-blowing performing art demonstrations.

"Being able to bring TEDx back to Vancouver for the second year is an honor for us, and it's a big win for Vancouver. The diversity of speakers, caliber of the audience, and uniqueness of venue will make this a world class event," said TEDx Co-Organizer and Senior Director Cyrus Irani.

TEDxVancouver is privileged to hold the event at one of Vancouver's most acclaimed performing arts centers, Kay Meek. The conference will be accompanied by a select offering of optional pre- and post-event activities, catering to diverse tastes and interests. Attendance in TEDxVancouver is by application through the conference web site at www.TEDxVancouver.com. A broadcast of event will be available in high-quality video for free live viewing on the Internet.

About TEDxVancouver

TEDxVancouver is part of the TEDx family of events. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized meetings that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The event is called TEDxVancouver is, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers, some of the most remarkable and accomplished people from all disciplines and fields, have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck, Bono and many more. Israeli speakers at the TED Conference have included Yossi Vardi, Moshe Safdie, Dan Ariely, Shai Agassi and Itay Talgam.

The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK, and last November, the TEDIndia Conference was be held in Mysore, India. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, with many TEDTalks translated to Hebrew, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where three exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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