In what is being hailed as “unprecedented access,” TED will allow its Talks to be live-streamed for free when its held in Vancouver for the first time next month.
Anyone with affiliation to an accredited secondary school, university, library, community centre, or non-governmental organization in the Greater Vancouver Area will be able to access a live webstream at no cost—a first for TED, whose tickets to attend in person are prohibitively expensive at more than $8,000 in Canadian dollars.
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“This is our 30th birthday and we decided to make this the most ambitious TED yet,” Tom Rielly, the company’s director of partnerships, explained to BCBusiness. “So we wanted to do something that would give back to the community in a real and exciting way.”
Previously, TED Live cost $600 per person to livestream events, or $2,500 for schools to stream to groups.
“As a gesture of appreciation for the warm welcome we’ve received in Vancouver, TED would like to offer you a free live webstream to share TED2014… with your students or constituents,” an email invite sent out to select organizations reads.