TED chooses Vancouver as next host city

by Andrew Roach on February 5, 2013

Vancouver has been selected to be the next city to host the next TED Talk event as the event moves to Canadian shores for the first time.

The event brings together companies from the technology, design and entertainment industry and acts as a platform to showcase new products that could feature in all of these sectors.

Vancouver will host the TED Talks events for both 2014 and 2015 as the capital of BC takes over from Long Beach who has hosted the event since 2009.

TED has been hosting the TED Talks events since 1990 with many of the events having previously been hosted in California since its inception.

The event has gained popularity since it first started in Monterey 23 years ago with 1,400 fans attending the event each year.

On top of that, the event has attracted many high profile keynote speakers including WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, former President Bill Clinton and the founders of Google Sergey Brin and Larry Page.

Having established its reputation within the online community, the TED Talks event has caused notable buzz within Vancouver with many of the city’s officials expressing their delight at the city being chosen to host the event.

The city’s mayor has been one of the first to come ad show his support for both the event and the city. In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Mayor Greg Robinson said that “this is a game-changer for Vancouver. We’re known as a world-class tourism destination but this shows we’re breaking through in thought leadership.”

Even thought the event isn’t going to hit Vancouver for another year, there is already speculation surrounding which venue will host the convention with Vancouver Convention Centre being touted as the most probable option.

The event though is not completely without its flaws as some industry analysts feel that the TED Talks event seems to commercial and pretentious for its own good.

Despite these feelings, nobody is stopping Vancouver residents and officials from celebrating their achievement as the city looks to make themselves become synonymous with both the event and the tech industry in general.

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Written by: Andrew Roach www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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