BuildOn went to the Javits Center River Pavillion for the first time this year. With such a large space we upgraded the AV considerably - erecting a massive 25' LED wall with custom graphics and flanking the stage with beautiful 20' wide screens. There wasn't a bad seat in the house for the 1000+ attendees who joined in to fundraise for this very worthy charity.
Talks from our 2017 TED Institute events are hitting TED.com! Here's a talk that is near and dear to our hearts as it works to curb plastic pollution. Sean worked on TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch, and Mission Blue I, II to raise awareness of plastics' impact on the environment.
Photo by Russell Edwards / TED
In late August a gathering of the most innovative, artistic, and revolutionary thinkers took place in Arusha, Tanzania in the foothills of Kilimanjaro. This was the the TEDGlobal conference and it returned to Arusha 10 years after the first TEDGlobal was held in Africa. I had the privilege of working with speakers throughout the rehearsal process and then managing the stage for the event.
Powerful talks from the event are already being posted on TED.com. These include the emotional and beautiful speaking of OluTimehin Adegbeye who give new face to the impoverished and Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò who rings an alarm about a knowledge crises in Africa.
Continuing a tradition, I jumped in as show caller for the always fun TED-Ed Weekend. The show featured TED Talks from students who have been participating in TED-Ed clubs from all over the United States. It also had a great performance by Kayla Briët.
Continuing a tradition of Stage Management with the TED Conferences, Sean was on board at the inaugural TEDFest held at St. Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO, Brooklyn.