Who is TEDxBoston?
We are a team of volunteers in Boston who are catalyzing innovation by sharing ideas with citizens around the world.
At TED2009, Chris Anderson, TED Curator, announced the TEDx initiative and local executives Sean Belka, Danielle D. Duplin, and Matt Saiia sprang into action to create TEDxBoston. We partnered with the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology and Collective Next, and in a few exhilarating months produced our inaugural event.
TEDxBoston 2009 featured live talks by impressive Bostonians, enthusiastic attendees, and an international youth orchestra conducted by Ben Zander in the lobby of our office building. Little did we know the event would tap into Boston’s huge reservoir of goodwill to celebrate the region’s ingenuity and to share ideas across all disciplines. We were hooked.
The following year, along with a growing cohort of volunteers, we produced TEDxBoston 2010, in the heart of Boston’s Seaport Innovation District. We also launched Adventures, a tapestry of community experiences throughout the year that connect the people and places that make greater Boston such a fascinating and thriving city.
For TEDxBoston 2011, we added new ways to participate such as simulcast venues and an immersive online environment.
The Boston Children’s Choir’s opening of TEDxBoston 2012 set the tone for the day, reminding us of the power of freedom and ideas. We were thrilled to extend the reach of the event with a live broadcast on WBUR 90.9 FM, and a special on-site production of Radio Boston.
So far, thousands of people of have attended TEDxBoston events and the videos have been viewed over 7 million times worldwide. We’re thrilled to be back on our fifth anniversary for TEDxBoston 2013 on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013.
For inspiration, we take our cue from the founding families who centuries ago were the original entrepreneurs of democracy.
For the speakers, we seek out luminaries who hail from the Boston area, are driven to make the world a better place, and are devoted to implementing their game-changing ideas at scale.
For you the audience, well let’s just say that we are in awe of the talent, the energy, and the accomplishments of everyone who participates before, during, and after the events. It’s been our privilege to get to know you.