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11 Engaging Activations From the TED Conference

See how organizers create an inspiring and interesting atmosphere for conference attendees.

By Mitra Sorrells February 23, 2016, 7:30 AM EST

Each year organizers create a variety of lounges where attendees can watch a simulcast of speakers. New this year was a ball pit filled with beanbag chairs and beach balls.

Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

More than 1,400 people from 58 countries gathered at the Vancouver Convention Centre beginning February 15 for the five-day TED Conference. The event’s signature 18-minute presentations united around this year’s theme of “Dream,” with more than 70 speakers and performers sharing what TED curator Chris Anderson described as “ideas—some hopeful, some frightening—that will jolt us awake.”

For the first time, organizers streamed the first session talks live to movie theaters in the United State and Canada, where anyone could purchase tickets to watch. Another change for 2016: the concurrent TEDActive conference is gone from the schedule but a new event, TEDSummit, will debut June 26 to 30 in Banff, Canada.

While the main stage presentations remain the focus of the buzzy conference, there were also dozens of immersive experiences and sponsor activations to engage attendees, both inside and outside the venue.
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