Like TED.com, the TEDx concept was developed to increase access to Ideas Worth Spreading. And like TED.com, it's been wildly successful, with hundreds of TEDx events planned and held.
What's unique about TEDxIB@York on November 11, 2010 is the fact that half the 400-500 attendees will be drawn from the 3,000 schools around the world running the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. This IB program for the last two years of high school develops graduates who are 'citizens of the world'. TEDsters have remarked in the past how nice it would be to have more young people at TED; this is a great opportunity to mingle with a fascinating group of bright, engaged, young people.
The York School, which runs the IB program, is where this idea originated, and they will host an enriching and enjoyable York Day program for the students the day before TEDx. IB schools can also participate via livestreaming of the event.
The venue will be the Ontario Science Centre, which has a perfect auditorium - room for almost 500 people yet with an intimate feel because of how close the seats are to the stage. It also means that our after-party can be staged among the exhibits at the Centre. Such a stimulating environment for our party makes me nostalgic for those TED parties at the Monterey. Aah....
We are just starting to recruit speakers, and I'll post as we confirm them. As Program Chair, I'm already buzzed about the program that's shaping up. Stay tuned.