TEDxRainier is an independently produced, one-day TED event. Our first event was held in 2010 in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, our second in Kane Hall at University of Washington, followed in 2012 in Meany Hall at University of Washington with over a thousand attendees.
TEDxRainier was envisioned by Nassim Assefi (Curator of TEDxRainier 2010 and TED Fellow) and Phil Klein, (Curator for TEDxRainier 2012, 2011 and co-organizer in 2010) who met at TEDGlobal 2009. TEDxRainier was formed to share the vision and experience of TED with Seattle, and to showcase some of the incredible talent we have in our community. This is a collaborative project staffed by many volunteers, including advisors, interns, partner organizations, and local TEDsters.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks ,or on Facebook athttp://facebook.com/TED