Edinburgh scoops 2019 TEDSummit

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Edinburgh set to host 2019 TEDSummit Edinburgh set to host 2019 TEDSummit

A high-profile gathering of innovators and ‘thinkers’ will take place in Edinburgh next year.

The triennial TEDSummit will be held at Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), 21-25 July, 2019, and is expected to attract up 1,300 members of the international TED community.

The bid to bring the event to Edinburgh was led by the EICC, VisitScotland Business Events, Convention Edinburgh, with support from government, universities and Festivals Edinburgh.

TED began in 1984 with a conference converging technology, entertainment and design and over time the organization has expanded its topics from science to business to global issues.

The EICC previously hosted TEDGlobal from 2010-2012, but the new five-day TEDSummit, which started in Banff, Canada two years ago, is regarded as the ‘trophy’ event outside the USA.

Bruno Giussani, global curator of TED and coordinator of TEDSummit, said: “It isn’t sufficient to just have a beautiful and strong theatre infrastructure – which the EICC provides. We look at the cultural atmosphere of the place, and at all the spaces that we will use – including hotels, restaurants, events and celebration venues and exhibition spaces – as creating a sort of virtual campus that our attendees will be able to experience over several days, moving from one venue to the other by foot, engaging with and immersing themselves in the city. Edinburgh offers this atmosphere in spades, and we look forward to bringing the TED community to town.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “With our history, culture and wealth of experience of hosting world leading festivals, Edinburgh is the ideal location for TedSummit 2019. This international event will be an opportunity to show off Scotland as a home of innovation and of creativity and to build on our reputation as a place to visit, to live and to develop new ideas.”

Marshall Dallas, EICC chief executive, said: "We are beyond excited to welcome TED to our venue, city and country in 2019.  It is hard to think of any event on the international scene that captures our own vision statement any better, to create an environment to inspire ideas that change the world."

Amanda Ferguson, head of business tourism at Marketing Edinburgh, added: “Edinburgh is renowned for attracting the great minds of the world, encouraging innovative thinking and inspiring debate, so it is entirely fitting that we welcome this unique, global initiative to our capital.”

James Lancaster
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