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Inspiration & Creativity go hand in hand

TEDx events are a phenomenon that have accounted for 15,000 events around the world in the past 8 years. The events are known for their TED format (3-18 minute talks) and creativity in choosing locations – events have been held on a plane, on the train, on Mt. Everest, in an ancient Greek Amphitheater and even at the Burning man festival. The events inspire participants and create mind-boggling moments with speakers who are the core of the concept. At the same time organisers are also aware that audience engagement is important and that is why they focus their energy on experiences during the breaks and engagement during each talk. We were curious to see how do they do it in different parts of the world and so we spoke to three TEDx organisers – from Ljubljana, Klagenfurt and Bangalore.

Srini Ramaswamy, TEDx Bangalore

Q: How do you engage the audience at your events? We are looking for some concrete examples.

We usually have pre-conference adventures and innovation break out spaces where attendees engage in some activity like rock climbing, a masterclass in brewing or tech. At the event, we either have something related to the theme or an entertainment activity like a drum jam, flash mob or interactive installations. We also have mini workshops and experience zones.

Q: You have probably attended many events, so do you remember something interactive or engaging that has really made an impression on you?

I think each event should be related to the audience that you are hosting with a futuristic spin to the entire experience.

Q: Where do you find inspiration to be so creative at your events?

We have a series of hackathons with influencers and attendees that inspire us to build an experience for the audience.