On Friday, we stopped by City Winery to check out TEDxEast, the first independently organized TED event in New York.
The focus of the afternoon event was “Developing World Ideas,” and it featured presentations by a number of speakers including Suzy Welch, Dr. Naif Al Mutawa, John Wood and GroundReport.com’s Rachel Sterne, as well as TED Conference videos like Emmanuel Jal‘s moving story of a child soldier from the TED Global 2009 conference earlier this year and performances of song and dance. In between we sipped wine and mingled with the 250 attendees.
The event sold out, and with hundreds of applicants eager for a ticket, some were turned away, co-organizer Julianne Wurm told FishbowlNY. Overall, the event was a success, with 3,500 unique viewers clicking in to its livestream. “The feedback from participants has been very positive and since it is all about their experience it would seem to have been successful,” Wurm said.
But if you missed it, never fear. Wurm, a writer and professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College, said she and co-organizer Edward Rashba are hoping to do another TEDxEast event in the future, if their schedules allow.
“We are hoping to do future events but this is a lot of work in addition to our regular lives,” she said. “We are going to savor the completion of this and are considering something in April but that is still to be determined.”
More pictures after the jump