Friends, the big day is almost here! Tomorrow, the fifth annual TEDxPeachtree will kick off at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, and the anticipation is at a fever pitch. Seventeen outstanding speakers and artists will share through their ideas and experiences of what it means to “Catalyze“, the theme of this year’s event. They will be joined by a sold-out crowd of 500 ignited, curious and passionate attendees, and hundreds more joining via livestream from as far as Europe and Asia.
True to TED‘s mission to showcase “ideas worth spreading“, TEDxPeachtree has developed a reputation to inspire and surprise, and this year is no exception. Attendees can look forward to a carefully curated day of thought-provoking talks and genre-defying artistic performances with ample breaks for making connections with the speakers, patrons and fellow attendees. And there’s more: past attendees also know that the TEDxPeachtree organizers are a playful bunch, and this year’s program holds promise of an unexpected element or two that will surprise and delight.
On Friday, Buckhead Theatre will be transformed into a total experiential space in which attendees will feast on ideas, tasty bites and rich conversations that promise to build upon this year’s theme and imbue a sense of serendipitous connections. TEDxPeachtree is often described as a daylong “brain spa“, and for good reasons: this is a day in which attendees unplug from their daily routines to purposely dedicate time to be inspired and rejuvenated.
Having been a past attendee, as well as serving on this year’s planning committee, I have the advantage of seeing TEDxPeachtree in the audience seat and from behind the curtains. I am particularly blown away by the superb quality of speakers, the commitment of the TEDxPeachtree leadership, and the sponsors and patrons who choose to be involved with TEDxPeachtree. I loved my experience as an attendee last year, and I am willing to stake a claim that this year, many attendees will also come away inspired to catalyze a change somewhere in their lives.
Tickets to the event are now all gone, but you can still watch the event through free livestream, or get live updates by following @tedxpeachtree or joining the global online conversation using #TEDxPT and #TEDxPTcatalyze. For those in Atlanta, join us at the official after-party at Czar Ice Bar, open to the public at 4:30 pm.
For those are attending tomorrow, here are some tips for a good TEDxPeachtree experience:
2. Dress Code: You must wear clothes! Business or creative casual.
3. Registration opens at 9 AM and we will have coffee AND tea available. No tickets needed but please have your ID ready. Your name and those of your guest(s) must be on our list. Lunch will also be provided.
4. Spoken Program: The program begins at 9:45 AM. Doors close promptly and late arrivals will not be admitted until the 2nd speaker block at 11 AM.
5. Parking: Please download this parking map for a better parking experience and to avoid getting towed.
6. WIFI: Wifi will be available. Live tweeting, Instagramming, Vining, etc. welcome. Please refrain from accessing YouTube and similar video sites at the event.
7. Video: Please do not video record speakers inside the auditorium. Video interviews are welcome in the lobby area.
See you tomorrow!
Wendy Ho is a sales marketing manager for CNN, and enjoys giving time to various projects in Atlanta, including volunteering as assistant Marketing Communications Director for TEDxPeachtree 2013.