Informing, educating and banishing boredom, TED conferences are where world experts go to discuss the things that matter to them. And now, as Vicky Knill reports, the TED spirit is coming to Madrid.
Every year in California, experts from all over the world meet for what has been described as “The ultimate brain spa”: The annual TED conference.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and since 1984, it has hosted conferences featuring short presentations based around one theme, ideas worth spreading. These have wowed both live audiences and the millions watching online at http://www.ted.com/talks, with topics which are informative, thought-provoking and inspiring.
The good news is that now you don’t have to go all the way to the US to attend the conference, as TED comes to Madrid this September 15th. TEDxMadrid is a local licensed TED event, organised by Antonella Broglia.
Talks will be given by a wide variety of experts including Casey Fenton, co-founder of www.couchsurfing.com and Rob Hopkins, author of The Transition Handbook, who is renowned for his work in decreasing the oil reliance of communities. Open Government campaigner Nagore de los Rios will also be there, as will Ramon Roca, the co-founder of bottom-up broadband initiative guifi.net.
Other speakers include Dan Poole and Giles Terera (the makers of Shakespeare documentary “Muse of Fire”), and creative recycling group Basurama. Hyperpotamus (an artist who produces music using only has voice) will also be displaying his extraordinary talents. ( See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK_bkWreCdo)
If you are interested in attending, go to www.tedxmadrid.com/385-2/. There are 400 57 euro-tickets for sale, although they are generally sold to those who can demonstrate an interest in the topics under discussion. If you don’t have the cash, fear not as it will be broadcast live for free at www.tedxmadrid.com.
Originally from Wales, I’ve been living here for 3 years, teaching English, enjoying life in the city and eating too many croquetas. I also write fiction and comedy.