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Take the TED Conference and add a generous helping of play, a sprinkling of colorful creativity, a lot of red beanbags, an endless supply of coffee, and a plethora of riveting conversations around fire pits with a tribe of smart, quirky people from all over the world and — voila! — you have the recipe for TEDActive.

TEDActive is a live simulcast of the TED conference, but it’s so much more than that. It is a full-on immersive experience where the people you meet, the connections you make and the conversations you have pack as much inspirational punch as the ideas you hear from the TED stage. This year, 600+ passionate doers, thinkers, dreamers and makers will converge on the slopes of beautiful Whistler B.C., Canada, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of TED and usher in “The Next Chapter.” Register to be one of them »

Here, an Instagram story of some memorable moments of TEDActive 2013:

Red beanbags have always been a signature at TEDActive. Here, the crew loads up the theater before attendees arrive.

Red beanbags have always been a signature at TEDActive. Here, the crew loads up the theater before attendees arrive.

Here, on this map, are the places where last year’s TEDActive attendees were born, and where they live now. So many lines crossed.

On this map, TEDActive attendees marked the places where they were born, and where they live now. So many lines criss-crossed.

Kelly and Rives, the hosts of TEDActive, introduce the speakers of TEDYou, a very special session where the audience takes the stage and give their own talks and performances. Last year speakers included David Burns and Austin Young of art-activism duo Fallen Fruit, plus Michael Karnjanaprakorn, the co-founder of SkillShare, and Graham Hughes, who holds a world record of visiting every country without flying.

Kelly and Rives, the hosts of TEDActive, introduce the speakers of TEDYou, a  special session where the audience takes the stage. Last year speakers included David Burns; Austin Young of art-activism duo Fallen Fruit; Michael Karnjanaprakorn, the co-founder of SkillShare; and Graham Hughes, who holds a world record for visiting every country … without flying.

Attendees at TEDActive were encouraged to share a picnic basket with someone they didn’t know. It might have been the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Attendees at TEDActive were encouraged to share a picnic basket with someone they didn’t know. This might have been the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Everyone picks out their seats as the intro music for the first session of TED begins to sound on the speakers.

Everyone picks out their seats as the intro music for the first session of TED begins to sound on the speakers.

A lot of the best conversations at TEDActive happen around an open fire. There’s something magical about being around fire pit; it encourages openness and fuels a special camaraderie.

A lot of the best conversations at TEDActive happen around an open fire. There’s something magical about being around fire pit; it encourages openness and fuels a special camaraderie.

A little exercise gets the blood flowing and jumpstarts the brain. Here, attendees let it all out in a super-fun Brazilian butt lift class during one of the breaks.

A little exercise gets the blood flowing and jumpstarts the brain. Here, attendees let it all out in a super-fun Brazilian butt lift class during one of the breaks.

TED speaker Richard Turere is one of many TED speakers who got a standing ovation at TEDActive. His talk about inventing “lion lights” to keep his family’s cattle safe from lions was one that everyone can’t stop talking about in the following break.

TED speaker Richard Turere is one of many TED speakers who got a standing ovation at TEDActive. His talk about inventing “lion lights” to keep his family’s cattle safe was one that everyone can’t stop talking about in the following break.

Sometimes there’s a pillow fight. Anything goes.

Sometimes there’s a pillow fight. Anything goes.

Comedian and TED speaker Reggie Watts performed at the closing party, which resulted in this epic TEDActive family photo.

Comedian and TED speaker Reggie Watts performed at the closing party, which resulted in this TEDActive family photo. Reggie is one of the many musical mavens who are part of the TEDActive family.

What better cathartic release from a week chock-full of ideas than a jump into a pristine blue swimming pool?

What better cathartic release from a week chock-full of ideas than a jump into a pristine blue swimming pool?