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For TED2015, we have returned to Vancouver — bringing thinkers, dreamers and mavericks together to talk about our world and what's coming next. Our logo on the Vancouver Convention Centre echoes the enormous globe in the entrance. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED

For TED2015, we have returned to Vancouver — bringing thinkers, dreamers and mavericks together to talk about our world and what’s coming next. Our logo on the Vancouver Convention Centre echoes the enormous globe in the entrance. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED

TED Curator Chris Anderson addresses a group of TEDx organizers, from communities all across the globe. At this weekend's TEDx workshop, they got to ask Anderson questions like, "What's your favorite TED Talk?" Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

TED Curator Chris Anderson addresses a group of TEDx organizers, from communities all across the globe. At this weekend’s TEDx workshop, they got to ask Anderson questions like, “What’s your favorite TED Talk?” Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

A TEDx organizer is entranced watching a speaker rehearsal. Photo:

A TEDx organizer is entranced watching a speaker rehearsal. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

TEDx organizers make their way into the theater to get a sneak peek of Alan Eustace's TED Talk. The wood around them? Local Douglas fir. Photo: TED

TEDx organizers make their way into the theater to get a sneak peek of Alan Eustace’s TED Talk. The wood around them is local Douglas fir. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

At our registration desk, an app helps volunteers know when attendees have arrived. These volunteers pose in front of the "Dare" stairs, at the entrance to TED2015. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

At our registration desk, an app helps the check-in team know when attendees have arrived. These operations staffers pose in front of the “Dare” stairs, at the entrance to TED2015. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

TED staffer Ladan Wise gives a briefing to the registration team about how to make their work flow as seamlessly as possible. Photo: TED

TED staffer Ladan Wise gives a briefing to the registration team about how to make their work flow as seamlessly as possible. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

A crew member works on a whimsical sculpture that will eventually hang over Target's The Daring Truth Cafe. Photo: TED

A crew member works on a whimsical sculpture that will eventually hang over Target’s The Daring Truth Cafe. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

White and red balls form that hanging sculpture over Target's The Daring Truth Cafe. Photos on Wednesday will show the surprises inside. Photo: TED

White and red balls form a hanging sculpture over Target’s social space. Photos on Wednesday will reveal the surprises inside this piece. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED

Backstage at TED2015, our team works in darkness to make sure that talks look and sound their best. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED

Backstage at TED2015, our team works in darkness to make sure that talks look and sound their best. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED

TEDActive theater

A scene from TEDActive 2015, a simulcast of the conference for movers, shakers and makers. It takes place this week in beautiful Whistler, in a theater filled with chairs and lots of beanbags for maximum comfort. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

On a TED Fellow trip to Grouse Mountain, fog eclipses all. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

On a TED Fellows trip to Grouse Mountain, fog eclipses all. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

As the TED Fellows explore Grouse Mountain, they spot a bear. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

As the TED Fellows explore Grouse Mountain, they spot a bear. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

As they explore the conference's social spaces, attendees will get to snap a photo with the TED letters. Photo: TED

As they explore the Vancouver conference’s social spaces, attendees can snap a photo with the TED letters. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

A crew member touches up the paint on the 'D' in TED. Photo: TED

A crew member touches up the paint on the ‘D’ in TED. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

More than 20 architecture and design students teamed up to create "Marquee by DBR and Interfor," a pavilion for TED attendees to enjoy. Here, crew members start to build it. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

More than 20 architecture and design students teamed up to design a pavilion on the plaza called the Marquee by DBR and Interfor. Here, crew members start to build it. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

The TED2015 theater was built out in a matter of days, inside a vast empty ballroom at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Here, an image from the very start. Photo:

The TED2015 theater was built out in a matter of days, inside a vast empty ballroom at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Here, an image from the very start. Photo: TED

The Vancouver Convention Centre, where TED2015 is being held, sits right on the harbor. Photo: TED

The Vancouver Convention Centre, where TED2015 is being held, sits right on the harbor. Photo: TED

An empty ballroom no more — this space is now a fully-loaded TED theater, designed specifically to give a sense of intimacy for talks. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED

An empty ballroom no more — this space is now a fully loaded TED theater, designed specifically to create a sense of intimacy for talks. Read more about design tweaks made this year. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED

In the TED theater, the crew  has a conversation about stage direction. Photo: TED

In the TED theater, David Waldman, the show’s director of photography, talks with TED’s Katherine McCartney and Scott Hinde about stage direction. Photo: TED