Started in 2009, TEDxCalgary has been holding annual events since our first "Humanity 3.0: Leadership the World Needs Now" event in April 2010.
As a continuation of our deferred 2020 programming season (yeah, COVID... we're blaming you...), we are engaging Calgary in a year-long series of intimate salon events, intriguing community adventures, TEDxLive webstream events, and our regular (we hope!) main annual event in late 2021 or early 2022. All with an interesting twist to celebrate our tenth (er, eleventh or twelfth?) year of operating!
TEDxCalgary is about cultivating a garden of ideas that helps to engage and empower Calgarians. We want to move the needle for how great ideas can further transform an already great city. We value the personal connections that come with more intimate and regular events, and the conversations that these events stimulate year-round.
Within the TEDx licencing system, TEDxCalgary is classified as a 100+ attendee standard licence, with additional licences to hold Salon-style events througout the year.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project that takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.