TEDSummit 2019 will take to the stage in Edinburgh

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says event 'will be an opportunity to show off Scotland as a home of innovation'.

The 2019 TEDSummit will be held at Edinburgh International Conference Centre from 21 to 25 July, and is expected to bring together up to 1,300 members of the international TED community.

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to identifying, and then spreading, relevant and potentially impactful ideas. TEDSummit gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for community brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops, outdoor activities and an eclectic programme of mainstage talks.

"For a big multi-day TED event we need a very specific type of location," said Bruno Giussani, the global curator of TED and coordinator of TEDSummit.

"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," said Giussani.

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."

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland added: "Scotland is known throughout the world as a country with a warm welcome, which millions of visitors experience and enjoy every year.

"We’re a nation of pioneers, and a home to ground-breaking scientists, philosophers, engineers and architects for a number of years. Scotland’s innovative past, present and future continue to inspire and influence audiences across the globe, so it seems fitting that we’ll be hosting such a prestigious event as the TEDSummit in Edinburgh next year."

The bid to bring the event to Edinburgh was led by the EICC, VisitScotland Business Events, Convention Edinburgh, and Scottish Enterprise, backed by support from the Scottish Government, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Social Bite, Festivals Edinburgh, Edinburgh Science Festival and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

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