TED Goes Europe in 2009 .
This is an announcement from TED Conference 2009. Great decision as this creative summit needs and benefits from global locations very much. :) :)
We are delighted to announce that TED is coming to Europe next summer as a major new, annual event. TEDGlobal 2009, is to be held in Oxford, UK, 21-24 July 2009, and every year after that.
This is our next major step in taking TED global. From 2010 onward we envision simulcasts of this event to TED communities in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. (The UK's time zone is more convenient for these regions than California's.) To set the stage in 2009, we are reaching out to attendees from every continent to become founder members of TEDGlobal. We welcome a truly international mix of thinkers and doers, creatives and catalysts. Because all of the world's biggest ideas and biggest problems transcend borders and affect us all. We're in this together.
In a time of extraordinary global uncertainty and doubt, it's time to look beneath and beyond; to dig under the surface; to consider novel ideas that will drive the times ahead. Therefore we've based next summer's event on a potent theme: "The Substance Of Things Not Seen".
We've signed up a spectacular group of speakers: scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, tech wizards, creative geniuses, game-changing thinkers. As is TED's way, we won't spoil the surprise by revealing them just yet. But the internal view is that this is an amazing line-up, every bit as strong as our California conferences. There's a real treat in store.
Oxford is a one-of-a-kind environment that for centuries has championed the power of reason and discovery and art, and TEDGlobal will be finely woven into the Oxford landscape. Most sessions will take place at the Oxford Playhouse, the city's theatre, with special events and parties at the distinctive Sheldonian Theatre, at the stunning Museum of Natural History, at historic Keble College, and at the Malmaison Hotel -- the newly renovated, extraordinary hotel that was once a Victorian prison. More details and pictures here.
During the 24 hours preceding and following the conference, attendees will be offered a series of discoveries and special programs, including TED University, a tour of Bletchley Park (think Alan Turing and the Enigma machine), punting on the river Cherwell and surprising exclusive visits. These activities will be opened to registered participants only.
We are awed and humbled by the enthusiasm that is surrounding TED and the support shown by you and other TEDizens. We believe TEDGlobal will be a major step in our project to build TED as a borderless community of doers and thinkers that have the future of the world at heart.
We hope to see you in Oxford next July. Thank you very much!
TED European Director