There currently are two committees — TEDxCalgary and TEDxYYC — actively organizing TEDx events for Calgary in 2013 under separate licences.There also are some private corporate events that are being offered in Calgary this year, but these are not generally open to the public, so we don't list them.
There is no formal connection between these events, other than that we're all TEDx licencees and share a passion for TED. That said, we do coordinate aspects of our events with one another in terms of timing and themes, and we're exploring ways that we can hold additional joint events of interest to the Calgary TED-watching community.
The richness of the TEDx program
As part of the amazingly visionary TEDx program, there can be multiple licences granted within a particular geographical area like Calgary. For a city of our size, we experienced an exceptional level of interest in the TEDx program for 2010 and beyond, and we're pleased to see that this has continued growing.
Although it may seem confusing to have multiple events and groups in a single city, this is (to us) an essential part of ensuring that the TEDx process remains vibrant and accessible to the public. Each event's organizing committee brings a different interpretation of what ideas are worth sharing, allows people to attend local TEDx events at different times of the year, and builds a wider community of people interested to think and act on the ideas that are shared.
At TEDxCalgary, we're proud to be part of a system of TEDx events that literally spans the globe, and is offered in as many languages as possible. Large or small, urban or rural, we're all passionate advocates of ideas that are worth spreading, and we welcome your involvement in our efforts.
For information on other TEDx events that may be occurring in Calgary (or elsewhere in Alberta) at any particular time, visit the master list of TEDx events globally.
Congratulations to the TEDx Red Deer organizing team! We're excited to welcome another TEDx organizing team to the Alberta-wide community of TEDx events, and greatly enjoyed their inaugural event in October 2011. They continue to organize events, and please visit them at http://TEDxRedDeer.com for more information.