TED, Technology, Entertainment and Design, one of the world's coolest and most prestigious conferences, is currently being held in Vancouver this week, April 24-28, 2017. 

The conference brings more than 1,300 of the world’s foremost leaders, thinkers and doers to Vancouver for four days of sessions at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Elon Musk, Serena Williams, and a surprise world figure are speaking this year, along with a ton of other influential leaders – view the full speaker list here. The format structure is an immersive environment allowing attendees and speakers from vastly different fields to pool ideas and draw inspiration from unfamiliar places.

TED moved its flagship conference to Vancouver in March 2014, thanks to partnership efforts by Tourism Vancouver, Destination Canada and the Vancouver Convention Centre. The tourism consortium began discussions with TED organizers Chris Anderson (curator) and Katherine McCartney (director of operations) in December 2012. Katherine, who is a long-time Vancouver resident, played a pivotal role in these ultimately successful negotiations. 

TED has done for Vancouver what South by Southwest (SXSW) has done for Austin; what the Sundance Film Festival has done for Park City; and what the World Economic Forum has done for Davos. It has strengthened our city’s brand, acted as a catalyst for securing major event business and drawn global attention to Vancouver as a “must visit” destination. It has also shined a spotlight on Vancouver’s culture, design, beauty, way of life and home-grown businesses. Chris Anderson has referred to Vancouver as "one of the world’s greatest cities, combining a thriving culture of innovation with glorious nature.”

Please join us in welcoming #TED2017 to Vancouver!