October 21, 2012
It was the biggest TEDxVancouver event yet, as 2,300 people gathered at The Orpheum to hear thought-provoking ideas that could change or are already changing the way we live. The theme was "confluence," meant to represent the convergence of people and ideas as 13 speakers took to the stage to share their messages and elevate collective awareness. From sound pollution impacting marine animals, ethical investing and restorative justice, to cyber warfare and espionage, topics varied as much as the crowd that ranged from artists to lawyers to entrepreneurs. Notable names in the program included Elaine Lui of celebrity blog LaineyGossip.com and restaurateur Mark Brand, whose Gastown businesses are tackling important issues like employment barriers and food security in the Downtown Eastside.
The full-day, sold-out event was also live-streamed online, while twittering attendees made this TEDx event trend across the nation. This was the 4th annual TEDxVancouver event ("x" represents independently organized TED events). The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but was organized by a local committee headed by TEDxVancouver president Derek Sawkins.