As TED celebrates its 31st birthday this year, TEDxYYC is thrilled to be turning the ripe age of 6. Despite our relative youth, however, we believe ourselves to be aging quite brilliantly.

Since our 2009 inception, TEDxYYC has been deeply honoured to be the largest and most well-attended independently-organized TED event the modest Rocky Mountain town of Calgary, AB, population 1.1 million, has ever seen.

We have successfully hosted dozens of the country’s  – and the world’s – most sought-after thinkers, doers and drivers, and when we say ‘hosted,’ we mean just that. We aim to create an event, set the stage, welcome the world and watch the ideas, inspiration, conversation and connections take hold.

We revel in the idea that TEDxYYC is cultivating a community of people who walk away not only inspired by what they’ve heard and who they’ve met, but literally motivated into action.

These talks don’t just inspire. They’re often the spark that ignites bold new ideas and wide-sweeping positive change, and on Friday, June 26, 2015, we invite you to turn 6 with us. This year promises to be the best yet!

The TEDx Mission

In the spirit of furthering TED’s goal of creating ‘ideas worth spreading,’ the self-organized TEDx program is gaining momentum on a global level.

Coordinated by individuals, communities and organizations alike, TEDx events are aimed at bringing likeminded people together to share in a TED-like experience, where brilliant live speakers, inspiring videos and an intimate environment combine in a way that sparks deep discussion and connection among a small group.

With TED’s 31 years of experience in hosting conferences and sharing ideas as our guide (and our rule book), and the ‘x’ representing an awe-inspiring independently run event, the world is our self-organized TEDx oyster.

About TED

TED is a world renowned annual event that brings together a handpicked selection of the leading thinkers, doers and dreamers on the planet to share what they are most passionate about. ‘TED’ stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design – three broad subject areas that TED founders believe to be collectively shaping our future. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future,” noting that the ideas examined, subject matter explored and discussions generated extend far beyond the three guiding pillars of TED.

The first TED conference was held as a one-off event in Monterey, California in 1984. In 2001, Chris Anderson’s Sapling Foundation acquired TED from its original founder, Richard Saul Wurman, and in recent years, the movement has expanded to include the annual TEDGlobal international conference, TEDActive, TEDWomen, TEDYouth and TEDCity2.0 initiatives, as well as newfound multimedia stages including TED Talks and TED.com, and the coveted $1 million TED Prize, awarded annually to an extraordinary individual with a bold and creative vision to spark global change.

From CEO’s and scientists to creatives and philanthropists, TED’s list of loyalists reads as extraordinary as the speakers themselves, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono, among others. 2014 marks TED’s exciting 30-year anniversary, and the start of the next exhilarating chapter.