Part of the stage at the first TEDxBearCreekPark event, held in April at Surrey City Hall’s Centre Stage. (Photo: Amy Reid)

Surrey TEDx organizers prepare for ‘bigger and better’ 2020 event

The second iteration of TEDxBearCreekPark set for Feb. 29, 2020 at Bell Performing Arts Centre

After the inaugural TEDxBearCreekPark went off without a hitch at city hall’s Centre Stage earlier this year, organizers are readying for a “bigger and better” event next year.

While organizers were limited to selling 100 tickets last year, they hope to sell 1,000 in the event’s second iteration, set for Feb. 29, 2020 at the Bell Performing Arts Centre.

“We are making a significant step up this year to a beautiful, larger venue that is ideally suited for a TEDx event,” explained Ocean Park resident Alan Warburton, a retired school principal and lead organizer of TEDxBearCreekPark.

The full-day event will include entertainment, as it did in its 2019 edition, in the form of “energizers” to provide a change of pace for the audience. Also, there will be live music again.

See more: Organizers of Surrey TEDx talk seek ‘inspirational’ speakers (Nov. 1, 2018)

“For TEDxBearCreekPark 2020, we will be providing food for everyone as well,” explained Warburton. “We want our audience to stay with us at lunch time and not need to leave the venue. We will be providing a delicious boxed lunch for everyone and nutritious goodies at our breaks. The ticket price will include all the food and snacks provided throughout the day.”

The 2020 theme is “A Shift in Thinking.” Organizers are looking for 14 speakers in total and say each speaker needs to have “a compelling idea; a high level of expertise or experience related to their idea; and experience speaking in front of audiences of 100+ people.”

“We’ve approached a number of people already, but we also know there may be some people out there who we don’t know about,” said Warburton, noting a half-day information meeting is set for this weekend, for people who may be interested in learning more about applying to be a speaker at TEDxBearCreekPark 2020. “Anyone who is keen and interested in being a speaker is welcome to attend one of our information meetings.”

The Sept. 14 meeting will run from 9 a.m. to noon (another was held on Sept. 7). Email tedxbearcreekpark@gmail.com for details.

Tickets for the full-day event are expected to go on sale Dec. 1 and the talks are set to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bell.TEDx events are locally sponsored and operate under a license from TED. TED is a global community that welcomes people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. The main purpose for TED and TEDx events is for selected speakers to share “ideas worth spreading.”



amy.reid@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook and follow Amy on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Former Cloverdale church elder pleads guilty to sexual assault

Brian Batke, 73, entered guilty plea Feb. 14

Trial for White Rock fentanyl charge rescheduled for August

Navjot Cheema charged following May 2018 cocaine, fentanyl seizure

Free pads, tampons now available in Surrey school washrooms

Menstrual products previously given out to students upon request

Surrey student selected as Loran Award recipient

Award is valued at $100K over four years of undergraduate studies

Pipeline dispute: Tories put no-confidence motion on House of Commons agenda

Conservatives say they have no confidence in the Trudeau government to end the rail blockades

B.C.’s soda drink tax will help kids lose weight, improve health, says doctor

Dr. Tom Warshawski says studies show sugary drinks contribute to obesity

A&W employees in Ladysmith get all-inclusive vacation for 10 years of service

Kelly Frenchy, Katherine Aleck, and Muriel Jack are headed on all-expenses-paid vacations

B.C. mom’s complaint about ‘R word’ in children’s ministry email sparks review

In 2020, the ‘R’ word shouldn’t be used, Sue Robins says

B.C., federal ministers plead for meeting Wet’suwet’en dissidents

Scott Fraser, Carolyn Bennett says they can be in Smithers Thursday

UPDATE: TransLink gets injunction ahead of pipeline, Indigenous rights protest

The protest rally is in opposition to the Coastal GasLink and Trans Mountain pipeline projects

Province shows no interest in proposed highway between Alberta and B.C.

Province says it will instead focus on expanding the Kicking Horse Canyon to four lanes

Mysterious bang booms over Sumas Mountain once again

Police unsure of source, quarry companies say, ‘not us’

First case of COVID-19 in B.C. has fully recovered, health officer says

Three other cases are symptom-free and expected to test negative soon

Most Read

l -->