June 2015

The flagship TED conference will be staying in Vancouver through 2020. At the conclusion of the 2015 conference in March, TED curator Chris Anderson said "We want Vancouver to be our home for [...] as far as we can see." TED moved to Vancouver in 2014 from its long-time home of Long Beach, California. The conference famously attracts high-profile speakers (including Bill Gates and Monica Lewinsky this year) and high-level, well-heeled attendees (Al Gore has been a regular) at a cost of $8,500 (U.S.) per ticket. But for the second year in a row, the conference offered free live streaming at some 60 locations around Vancouver allowing locals and visitors a chance to feel part of the TED action. "That's basically our way of saying we love this city, we're grateful for the welcome," said Chris Anderson. The 2016 TED conference take place in February.

Extra! The TED Conference has brought business tycoons (like Bill Gates), media moguls (like Martha Stewart), Hollywood stars (like Cameron Diaz) and brainiacs (like astronaut Chris Hadfield) to the Vancouver Convention Centre where they enjoyed great hospitality at nearby venues like Miku restaurant, Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel and Hawksworth restaurant. Consider a story on where the TED-sters eat, stay and play while in Vancouver.