350+ TEDx organizers, 55 countries and endless big ideas: TEDx’ers join forces for the TEDx Workshop in Vancouver

TEDx'ers watch attendees and staff present at the TEDx Workshop at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

TEDx’ers watch attendees and staff present at the TEDx Workshop at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

Each year, hundreds of TEDx’ers gather at TED and TEDActive for a giant meeting of the minds. This is the TEDx Workshop, a day-long gathering of TEDx organizers from all corners of the globe, coming together to discuss the ins-and-outs of TEDx — from how to design a great stage, to helping speakers find their voice, to unearthing the truly incredible ideas in their communities.

It is a day when an organizer from an event in Lithuania can sit next to an organizer of an event in China, or Portugal, or Malaysia, or Canada and discuss the things that make their events shine, or the things that are still spellbinding them, or all the things they’ve got planned next. It is a day when resources are shared, big ideas are discussed, solutions are uncovered and — quite often — a lot of friends are made.

This year, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, home of TED2015, TEDx’ers young and old, veteran and brand new, from very close and very, very far, came together to hear presentations from one another, from TED staff and ask every question they’ve ever wanted to ask TED Curator Chris Anderson.

A tour of the big TED2015 theater was taken, a lot of coffee was imbibed and the lucky 300 listened in to a TED speaker rehearsal.

The day, in photos:

A wayfinder waits to guide TEDx'ers to breakout sessions. TEDxKyoto organizer Jay Klaphake presents at the workshop. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

A wayfinder waits to guide TEDx’ers to breakout sessions Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

TEDxKyoto organizer Jay Klaphake presents at the workshop. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

TEDxKyoto organizer Jay Klaphake presents at the workshop. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

TED's European Director Bruno Giussani answers questions on all things TED

TED’s European Director Bruno Giussani answers questions on all things TED. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

An organizer excitedly asks a question in a breakout. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

An organizer excitedly contributes to a breakout. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

TEDx organizers share their biggest TEDx nightmares . Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

TEDx’ers listen to TEDx organizers sharing their biggest TEDx nightmares. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

TEDx Executive Director Jay Herratti and Deputy Director Salome Heusel share a TEDx update.  Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

TEDx Executive Director Jay Herratti and Deputy Director Salome Heusel share a TEDx update. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

Executive Producer of TED Media June Cohen presents on what makes a great talk. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

Executive Producer of TED Media June Cohen presents on what makes a great talk. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

TED's Content Direct Kelly Stoetzel shares how TED organizes speaker sessions. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

TED’s Content Direct Kelly Stoetzel shares how TED organizes speaker sessions. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

TEDx'ers get creative in a breakout. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

TEDx’ers get creative in a breakout session. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

Lunch conversation above the Convention Centre.  Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

Lunch conversation above the Convention Centre. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

An organizer asks TED staff a question. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

An organizer asks TED staff a question. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

Introductions are made.  Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

Introductions are made. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

Organizers tour the TE2015 conference space. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

Organizers tour the TE2015 conference space. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

TEDx'ers pose for the camera. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

TEDx’ers pose for the camera. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

Chris Anderson talks with TEDx'ers during speaker rehearsal  Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

Chris Anderson talks with TEDx’ers during speaker rehearsal. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

An organizer listens to speaker rehearsals. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

A TEDx’er listens to speaker rehearsals. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

TEDx'ers heading to TEDActive gather. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

TEDx’ers heading to TEDActive gather. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

 

1 Comment

  1. Hi there!

    My name is Jessica and I work with Cathey Armillas one of the organizers and speaking coaches at TEDxPortland, one of the biggest TED events in the world.

    We would love to get you a copy of Cathey’s new program “How to Rock a TED Talk” to check out and see if you would want to pass it on to your speakers.

    If you’d like to check it out further go to http://www.howtorockatedtalk.com

    You can reach me directly at Jessica@puramarketing.com

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