About eight TEDx events are held each day across the globe — gathering big thinkers to discuss ideas percolating in their communities and the world at large. Like each team that organizes an event, every TEDx event is different from the next.
Below, five events that broke the TEDx mold in dramatic and creative ways, culled from a recent TEDx Hub Community Hangout:
TEDxPokrovkaStSalon in Moscow brought “Ideas Worth Spreading” to the next level by holding their food-focused salon in one of the city’s culinary meccas — CulinaryOn — a cooking school where the future of food is considered every day. Attendees participated in live cooking lessons led by local experts.
When the team at TEDxVilnius decided they wanted to discuss drones at their third Salon event, they looked for a venue that would encourage in-depth conversation. They settled on the city’s international airport — a challenging, but intriguing event space. The event was organized under very high security and brought people from all over the city together inside (and outside) the airport to imagine the potential of drone use in a space dedicated to aviation. The event even included a live drone demonstration on the airport tarmac.
TEDxMaastrichtSalon brought their architecture and urban development-themed salon to a restored (but no longer in use) Romanesque Revival church — Sint-Lambertuskerk. The building’s intricate and dazzling interiors set the perfect atmosphere for pondering the architecture of the future, including many projects from Maastricht’s urban development pioneers.
In the lead-up to their big TEDx event, TEDxAlcoi held a small “adventure” — a look at the city from above in a (tethered) balloon floating above the Spanish city. While the outing was not an official TEDx event, it allowed TEDx’ers to talk about their community and learn about the ins-and-outs of a local company — as well as hot air ballooning itself.
Before TEDxPortland’s 2015 standard event, the team hosted an evening city-wide fun run nicknamed, “Paint the Town TEDx.” The 6K run was built around activities designed by the team, including challenges, DJs, performances, all completed by Portlanders in TEDx-red T-shirts.
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