This week, TEDx has transformed St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn into a giant TED2017 watch party. This is TEDFest, a week for TEDx’ers to meet, share tips and tricks, and take in big ideas on the big screen.
TEDFest kicked off Monday night with a welcome party at The Park, a greenery-filled space under the High Line in Manhattan. TEDx’ers caught up with one another around the fireplace and under sweeping wisteria vines and giant maple trees.
On Tuesday, it was time for TED. Jay Herratti, the executive director of TEDx, and deputy director Salome Heusel welcomed TEDx’ers from 60 countries to St. Ann’s — and shared how much the TEDx program has grown. “Over the last 12 months you produced 3,600 events in 170 countries, and together you have staged 20,000 talks,” Herratti told the crowd. “In just one year, [TEDx] talks have been viewed more than 600 million times.”
Talks were watched and ideas were shared. Attendees ate lunch with strangers and traded stories. Below, a taste:
What’s next? Two more days of talks, food, workshops … and shuffleboard.