Some events start with a momentum that keeps growing with every year. TEDx Vancouver is one of those events that has that energy. In its second year this TED inspired event creates the environment that fosters the discovery of amazing speakers, awesome discussion between audience members and idea sharing from the stage to the seat. This year's event was held at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver and Static Photography's Kris Krüg was there to capture all the wonderful moments of this evolving event.
For those unfamiliar with the TEDx events, the TEDx brand started as an satellite extension of the massively popular TED conference. These conferences happen around the world, draw in a very large audience and showcase some of the best and brightest world leaders and innovate thinkers of our time. Each TED event is filmed and all of the speaker's presentations are available online for free viewing on TED Talks, which has allowed the momentum of TED to expand worldwide. Due to the high demand in attendance of these particular conferences, TED decided to license TEDx to smaller communities so that they could foster the vision of TED in their own spaces for their own audiences.
This was how TEDx Vancouver was born. The 2009 TEDx Vancouver was wildly successful but was held under the constraints of the TEDx first year agreements, most notably the 100 person audience maximum. In its second year the Vancouver event did not have these constraints and over 600 attendees were in the audience to hear the likes of inspiring Vancouver locals (as well as a few from far away) share their vision and inspirations. This year's theme was called The Fine Line which focused on the ability for two opposing viewpoints or ideas to meet. Whether it is a cultural fine line, a historical fine line or the multiple fine lines we meet in technology everyday, TEDx Vancouver 2010 hosted a space for these discussions.
For all to enjoy - here is a photographic recap of the second annual TEDx Vancouver!
Jeet-Kei Leung is a revolutionary thinker when he starts speaking about his passion. Part artist and part community organizer, Jeet-Kei is involved with the BC movement of intentional festival communities that revolve around music, culture, dancing and art.
TEDx Vancouver had two very special stage characters for the day's event. One was the official TEDx Goose and the other was a very friendly yet stern lawn gnome.
Yael Cohen is passionate about cancer prevention which motivated her to start her own campaign called Fuck Cancer. This campaign, utilizes social networking and knowledge sharing, to encourage regular medical check-ups for early stage cancer detection.
One of Canada's most notorious music/celebrity interviewers graced the stage of TEDx Vancouver as dynamically as one his interviews. Nardwuar the Human Serviette is infamous for his extensive music knowledge. He spoke candidly about the motivation behind the do-it-yourself movement when it comes to something you are passionate about. At the end of his whirlwind presentation, he proceeded to crowdsurf out of the auditorium in true rock n' roll fashion. Most likely a first in all of TED and TEDx history. :)
TEDx Vancouver Attendees: dynamic musical duo Das Humans and the official TEDx Vancouver lawn gnome.
The entire day's events were hosted by the official TEDx Vancouver emcee Joe Nickolls, a Vancouver based Executive Producer at Microsoft Games Studio.
Somehow the clock that was part of the faux living set for the TEDx Vancouver stage got permenantly set to 4:20. :)
Accomplished musician Don Adler showcased his impressive musical skills with his lyrical guitar playing. His ability to play his guitar classically and then transform it into a percussion instrument was amazing.
Probably one of the best highlights of the day and historically a first for all TED events, Nardwuar the Human Serviette proceeded to do a rockstar dive off the stage and crowd surf to the back of the auditorium at the end of his presentation.
Fiona Rayher and Tara Mahoney founded the Gen Why Media Project that documents the perspectives, ideas and beliefs of their current generation. They spoke about the effect that being a 'hero generation' has on Generation Y.
Academy award nominated director Josh Fox spoke about the ongoing epidemic of gas pollution in the North American water systems, which is the central topic of his documentary Gasland. He also played the banjo as a musical accompaniment.
World famous paleontologist Dr. Jack Horner definitely knows his stuff about dinosaurs. He spoke about the extinction of dinosaur youth.
Nazanin Afshin-Jam is an Iranian-Canadian human rights activist who talked about human rights violations and the motivation to change them.
The official TEDx Vancouver live bloggers were Dave Olson from Hootsuite and Bob Kronbauer from Vancouver is Awesome. They provided live coverage of all the events and speakers that were presenting at the day-long event.
DJ Itchy Ron was the main beatmaster for all of Kyprios' live performances at TEDx Vancouver.
Greg Power knows the true power of a successfully received story. As a veteren PR strategist in Canada, he presented on the value of the age-old concept of storytelling when confronted in our present world of short, timely snippets in the digital age.
Rockstar attendee Khayyam Wakil shows his best geek face.
Vancouver based green architect Michael Green understands the true need for sustainable housing throughout the world. His presentation included real solutions and anecdotes that would apply to reducing carbon emissions worldwide through a more green approach to world housing.
As a special treat - here is a photo series of an impromptu crowd dive from Nardwuar during a group picture of all the TEDx Vancouver 2010 Speakers. Enjoy!
The TEDx Vancouver speakers prepare for Nardwuar's jump.
Nardwuar gains some air!
Successful landing collaboration by all of the TEDx Vancouver speakers. :)
So TEDx Vancouver 2010 was a great success and its evolution is only moving forward. It is going to be really exciting to see what the team comes up with for TEDx Vancouver 2011. Get ready! :)
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