For their 2013 event, the team at TEDxTaipei took great care to craft interactive social spaces that encouraged attendees to think, explore and relax. Known collectively as the TEDxTaipei Idea Space, the areas outside of the main theater allowed for deep thought, stimulating conversation and creative expression.
The Idea Space was broken up into three areas — the Speaker Design Challenge, the Concept Space, and the Social Lounge.
Speaker Design Challenge
For the Speaker Design Challenge, the team asked ten speakers to submit big questions for the attendees of the event. Questions included, “How would you design a classroom in year 2033?”; “How would you develop a child’s confidence to face the unknown?”; “As a consumer, what can you do to ensure every bite of food is safe?”; and “How do we effectively supervise the government?”
Attendees were encouraged to respond to these questions through several different mediums, exercising their creativity with pens, pencils, sticky notes and even building blocks.
The TEDxTapei Concept Space was dedicated to the senses — a space filled with physical objects embodying the ideas of the event: a speaker’s customized electric race car, a traditional wood-crafted boat and a 3D-printed bicycle, amongst other things.
The Social Lounge was designed to allow attendees to stretch out, relax, and enjoy the event a more relaxed atmosphere than the typical theater setting. While screens broadcasted a live feed of the event, attendees could sample snacks, lounge on bean bags and relax.