From the beginning, TEDxSnoIsleLibraries has been one of the hottest tickets around.
“In the first year, 2015, we just had no idea,” Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director Ken Harvey said. Collective finger-crossing apparently worked because the inaugural event at Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) was “sell-out” in just a few days. In 2016, all the seats at ECA were spoken for in just 30 hours.
Tickets for this year’s Nov. 4 event at Kamiak High School Performing Arts Center were gone in under a day.
So, are the ticketless doomed this year? Nope.
“We made plans to expand the alternative viewing opportunities,” Harvey said. “The live video stream will be available at eight community libraries and one additional community site. Seven of those nine sites still have seats available.”
And, the decision was made to open the dress rehearsal on Friday, Nov. 3, to the public.
“All of the speakers will run through their entire talks for the rehearsal,” Harvey said. Audience members may also get to see how such an event comes together. “After all, it is a rehearsal.”
And if you can’t make it to any of the viewing locations, there is always your phone, computer or other web-connected devices.
“We’ve always live-streamed the event to our website and the community viewing locations,” Harvey said. “But we wanted to add that sense of community that participants get at any of our locations.”
To help bring the web viewing community together, TEDxSnoIsleLibraries is adding Glisser.com to the online experience.
“On the day of the event, the live stream will be at sno-isle.org/tedx,” Harvey said. “Right next to the live-stream window will be a comments window powered by Glisser. Viewers can choose to just watch the live stream or watch and sign in and start sharing comments with others who are watching and commenting.”
The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,” said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.”
Other organizations backing the 2017 event include:
- Community Transit
- Whole Foods Market
- Edmonds Community College
- Everett Community College
- Snohomish Health District
- Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett
- The Daily Herald
- Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce
- Washington Energy Services
About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.