TED Exits California After Almost 30 Years

After holding its main conferences in one California location or another since 1984, TED and TEDActive will take place in British Columbia beginning in 2014.

The high-profile conference—which focuses on a wide variety of topics involving science and culture, limits its annual meeting to about 1,000 people and charges as much as $7,500 for registration—will be held next year at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The companion TEDActive event will be held at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort in Whistler, British Columbia, about an hour and a half away.

Since 2009, the Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) Conference has been held in Long Beach, Calif., and TEDActive in Palm Springs, Calif. For 24 years previous to that, TED was held in Monterey, Calif.

“ (Vancouver) happens to be home to TED’s conference operations team,” says TED Curator Chris Anderson, “and having Whistler just up the road is an ideal combination. We’re excited to have found a region that can host both these events so well.”

TED famously screens all applicants for its conference. While about 1,000 people are typically invited to the main conference, about 700 are allowed to attend TEDActive, where attendees pay $1,000 each to watch simulcast versions of the sessions going on at the main conference as well as participate in their own live sessions.

The two events will be held March 17-21, 2014. This year’s events in Long Beach and Palm Springs take place Feb. 25-March 1. A third conference, TEDGlobal, is held each June in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Guests who are invited to speak at TED are only given 18 minutes each to present their ideas on their assigned topics. In the past, speakers have included former President Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Richard Branson and Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

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