Contact: Kristine Sargsyan
YEREVAN, March 3, 2012 – TED, the nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” granted a TEDx Live license for TED2012 to be shown as a live webcast in Yerevan. This made it possible to organize an unprecedented event at the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies, the official partner and sponsor of TEDxYerevanLive. TED followers in Armenia had a unique opportunity to virtually join the world-famous conference attendees in Long Beach, California and to view talks about cutting-edge technology and amazing showcases of human creativity.
From February 27 to March 2, TED2012 featured an extraordinary collection of speakers with just this in common: they had something remarkable to share, and they were able to share it in a remarkable way.
The TED Conference webcast at Tumo took place on March 3, 2012 with more than 100 participants, including students, bloggers, civil activists and NGO leaders. They came together to share the TED experience – a dozen talks from the Lab, Earth and City sessions of TED2012.
The event sparked a number of blog posts from attending participants. The speakers ranged from roboticists to filmmakers and economists – each with an inspiring message. “I personally felt very energized by being part of the live streaming. It showed that life in Armenia is full of nice surprises and I felt I was not missing anything and not falling behind exciting events happening in the world!” noted Tumo Center Director Marie Lou Papazian.
“We are very proud to finally host a TEDxLive event in Yerevan,” said TEDxYerevanLive licensee Kristine Sargsyan. “This event is not only the first of its kind in the region but it’s also free for all to attend and get inspired by ideas worth spreading,” she added.
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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.
TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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