Sue Blyth Hall talks about “Dyslexia: Enable the Learning Difference” during Surrey’s TEDxBearCreekPark event on March 27, in video posted to youtube.com.

Sue Blyth Hall talks about “Dyslexia: Enable the Learning Difference” during Surrey’s TEDxBearCreekPark event on March 27, in video posted to youtube.com.

‘Unparalleled success’: Surrey TEDx talk draws online audience from 30 countries

The 2021 event culminated after months of planning and production, curator Alan Warburton says

Surrey’s TEDxBearCreekPark attracted more than 3,000 viewers from around the world on March 27.

Video of this year’s virtual event is now posted to YouTube, with clips of the dozen guest speakers talking about a variety of subjects.

“This year’s Surrey-based TEDx event was an unparalleled success,” said Alan Warburton, event licensee and curator.

COVID restrictions prevented an in-person audience from gathering, so free online access was offered.

“A worldwide audience spanning 30 countries enjoyed a full range of stimulating ideas, excitement, and entertainment,” said Warburton, a retired school principal who lives in the Ocean Park area.

• RELATED STORY, from Feb. 26: Surrey TEDx talks move online with ‘fast-paced’ event that’s free to watch.

The three-hour morning broadcast featured 12 talks, four musical interludes, a video introducing the City of Surrey to the audience and prize draws from local businesses worth $1,000.

Warburton said the virtual event “wasn’t our first choice, but it pushed us to be more creative and inventive. And to avoid that Zoomed-out feeling we’re all experiencing, we kept the event fun, fast-paced and full of learning. The response was overwhelmingly positive. I am so proud of all of our speakers and our volunteer teams.”

He said the 2021 event culminated after months of planning and production. The process began last June with the hunt for outstanding ideas and speakers. More than 90 potential speakers engaged with TEDxBearCreekPark, Warburton said, and by the end of 2020, the final list of speakers was narrowed to 12. Then began an “intensive preparation period,” he noted.

(Story continues below)

homelessphoto

PICTURED: Alan Warburton, TEDxBearCreekPark event licensee and curator. (file photo)

The 2020 TEDxBearCreekPark attracted close to 900 people Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre, prior to the pandemic.

“It’s our plan to return to the Bell (theatre) in 2022, bigger and better than ever,” Warburton said in a post-event news release. “In fact, we’ve already started.”

Event details are posted to tedxbearcreekpark.ca.



tom.zillich@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Surrey Board of Trade is calling on the provincial government to implement a temporary paid sick-leave program. (Unsplash.com photo by Kelly Sikkema)
Surrey Board of Trade calls for temporary paid sick-leave program

Reccomendations sent to provincial labour minister, news release notes

North Surrey Sport and Ice Complex. (Photo: larkgroup.com)
North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex earns B.C. facility excellence award

Award is among four presented by BC Recreation and Parks Association

Surrey Memorial Hospital emergency department entrance. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Youth counselling services expand to Surrey Memorial and other hospitals with $1.35M grant

Dan’s Legacy Foundation to provide free mental health, substance-use outreach

Low tide offered plenty of space for people to relax on White Rock's beach Sunday afternoon. (Aaron Hinks photo)
City of White Rock asking outside visitors to stay away

South Surrey residents encouraged to visit, while others urged to stick close to home

Jose Marchand prepares Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination doses at a mobile clinic for members of First Nations and their partners, in Montreal, Friday, April 30, 2021. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is coming under fire after contradicting the advice Canadians have been receiving for weeks to take the first vaccine against COVID-19 that they’re offered. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Trudeau says he is glad he got AstraZeneca, vaccines are only way out of pandemic

‘The most important thing is to get vaccinated with the first vaccine offered to you’

A wild rabbit grazes in Nanaimo, B.C. in this Feb.2, 2018 photo. Rabbit owners in Alberta are being warned about a deadly virus that was identified in a southern Alberta household last month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dirk Meissner
‘Like a flash fire:’ Rabbit owners warned about outbreak of deadly disease in Alberta

The disease is confined to rabbits and cannot spread to humans

A lady wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canada may find it challenging to reach herd immunity from COVID-19, experts say

Level of immunity among the population changes with the variants, especially the more transmissible strains

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Dip in COVID-19 cases with 572 newly announced in B.C.

No new deaths have been reported but hospitalized patients are up to 481, with 161 being treated in intensive care

Ripy Jubbal of Abbotsford has received a 30-month jail sentence for the fraudulent use of credit cards and credit card data. (Facebook photo)
Abbotsford woman sentenced for $80K in fraudulent credit card purchases

Ripy Jubbal and spouse used identities of 19 different victims, court hears

Solar panels on a parking garage at the University of B.C. will be used to separate water into oxygen and hydrogen, the latter captured to supply a vehicle filling station. (UBC video)
UBC parkade project to use solar energy for hydrogen vehicles

Demonstration project gets $5.6M in low-carbon fuel credits

FILE – A student arrives at school as teachers dressed in red participate in a solidarity march to raise awareness about cases of COVID-19 at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. ‘should be able to’ offer 1st dose of COVID vaccine to kids 12+ by end of June: Henry

Health Canada authorized the vaccine for younger teens this morning

Most Read