I had the privilege of attending TEDxVancouver 2010, held at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver on Saturday (Nov. 27). I'd seen TEDTalks online, so I had an idea of what to expect. What I attended was everything I expected and a lot more.
TED, which stands for "Technology, Entertainment and Design," was founded in 1984 and is devoted to the proliferation of good ideas, innovation and critical thinking. Every year, TED hosts two major conferences (the TED Conference in California in the spring and the TEDGlobal conference in the UK in the summer). TEDx events are independently organized TED events, which allow local thinkers and invited guests to get together and, of course, share a variety of good ideas.
iQmetrix was a Gold Partner of the TEDxVancouver event, we sponsored the TEDxVan after party and we offered our office space for the event's organizing committee meetings.
As a company, iQmetrix is passionate about sharing ideas, affecting tangible change and giving back to the community around us. We are committed to staying on the cutting edge, so our team members in attendance were excited to absorb ideas from TEDxVancouver.
Attendees were treated to a full day (9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) of talks, videos and musical performances. A few highlights for me were:
- Josh Fox, a U.S. filmmaker who told the story behind his Sundance Award-winning documentary, GASLAND, which examines the destructive and contaminating practices of natural gas drilling in the U.S. Going beyond simple narration, Fox played haunting chords on a banjo, while introducing clips of the movie, which eventually showed hope for policy changes to prevent further environmental and social abuses.
- Dr. Jack Horner, a charming, brilliant and hilariously deadpan dinosaur researcher who spoke about how traditional dinosaur nomenclature is being revised, much to the chagrin of many previous dinosaur discoverers, due to Horner's findings that many species once thought to be related are actually the same dinosaur -- at different stages in its life.
- Videos of excellent TEDTalks from Mike Rowe, Sam Harris and Devdutt Pattanaik. (Click on their names to watch.)
- Guitar performances by the amazing Don Alder.
Altogether a fantastic event, TEDxVancouver convinced me that anybody who gets the opportunity to attend a TED or TEDx event should definitely hop aboard.