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The TED Conference Is Moving to Canada

TED said today that it will relocate its main conference to Vancouver in 2014.

VancouverConventionCentreThe big-ideas event — which is on the must-attend list for certain Silicon Valley elite — had spent the past five years in the perpetually up-and-coming Long Beach, Calif. The final event in that location will be held later this month (and we’ll be there for live coverage).

This particular case of up and moving to Canada doesn’t seem to have much to do with dodging drafts or protesting elections.

TED said it will move to what it called “the world’s most eco-friendly meeting venue,” the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The conference said it was also modestly scaling back its audience size, from 1,400 to 1,200. Its annual simulcast/companion event, TEDActive, will be moving to nearby Whistler.

The conference, which originated in Monterey, Calif., will be marking its 30th anniversary in 2014. TED said it would be inviting back 100 of its best speakers of all time, both to participate and to present again onstage.

In the past few years, TED has become a much broader phenomenon via community events and online videos of its talks. There have been more than 6,000 TEDx events, and one billion TED video views.

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