As the Production Manager for TEDxCanberra, I consider myself fortunate to be involved in a very diverse and eclectic community who contribute a lot to the world. Earlier this year I went to Canada to discover more of TED and its community. TEDActive 2014 started before it started. On Saturday 15 March, the Mayor of Vancouver unveiled the art installation on the Vancouver Waterfront, Unnumbered Sparks, created by TED speaker, Janet Echelman. The temporary sculpture combines technology and traditional craft, that allows people to use a phone to draw lines, water drop rings, webs and squiggles across the spectrum of colours.
Sunday, also known as Day 0, started early at the Vancouver Convention Centre, where the organisers of TED provided TEDx organisers with a behind the scenes tour of their new home.
After this, we headed off to Grouse Mountain for a TEDx organisers gathering filled with Deep Dive sessions – a strategy of immersing a team rapidly into a situation in order to provide solutions or create ideas.
Plus some fun time activities in the snow.
That evening at the Squamish Lil’ wat Cultural Centre welcome function, I was provided the opportunity to reunite with former TEDxCanberra Executive Producer, Naomi Wynn, who is now immersed in the world of TEDxTokyo.
TEDActive Design Studio: TED Fellow Jimmy Lin set a design challenge for the TEDActive attendees to get involved in. This was to find a way to Get the right information, options and care at the right time at scale for cancer patients and their medical provider. This involved identifying a solution that leverages technology, systems and treatments, that exist or will be available within the next 18 months. We gathered together and worked through a variety of feasible options for Jimmy to take away and implement through the Rare Genomics Institute.
Amongst the hive of activity and fast pace that was set for the week, TED Ed provided an Animation Station for attendees to experiment with and create stop motion movies.
We were set loose on Whistler Village with the opportunity to undertake self guided experiences. This included visiting local snowboard and ski maker, Prior.
Followed by a stop at Purebread, a local family-based bakery, who opened their doors and insights to us, in addition to providing some wonderful baked delights. They challenge themselves by ensuring the menu constantly changes so that their customers are always pleasantly surprised by what’s on the shelves for the day.
Day four of the conference included lunch and a Q&A session with TED Prize 2014 Winner, Charmian Gooch.
In the evening we took a gondola ride to the top of Whistler Mountain.
The last day of the conference seemed to appear from nowhere, as we headed into the TEDActive Action Lab for some final projects.
This is only a very small window into what is a week full of activities, connecting and projects, that also include 12 sessions of TED Talks.