TED is heading north of the border. To mark the organization’s 30th anniversary, it just announced today that it plans to move its West Coast conference from Long Beach, California to Vancouver, B.C. in 2014. The event will take place March 17th to March 24th at the stunning Vancouver Convention Centre, with the TedActive portion of the conference being held at the Whistler resort.
“TED will be held in this great city, which boasts a thriving spirit of innovation as well as stunning views — the harbor and mountains in the same scenic vistas,” the organization wrote in a blog post.
The annual TED event also will take place in Vancouver in 2015, with an option to continue in the Canadian city beyond those dates. TED started in Monterey, California in 1984, and moved to Long Beach in 2009. Past speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall and Sir Richard Branson.
Added TED curator Chris Anderson in a press release:
“We thought hard about how to make the 30th-anniversary TED conference truly memorable, and the Vancouver region offers the perfect setting for us. The city happens to be home to TED’s conference operations team, and going there is always an inspiration – it’s cosmopolitan, energetic, innovative, yet with unrivaled natural beauty. Having Whistler just up the road is an ideal combination. We’re excited to have found a region that can host both these events so well. We’re predicting this will inspire creative thinking and dynamic ideas.”