TED 2012: Full Spectrum – Day 1

Today was my first day at TED2012: Full Spectrum. Here’s what greeted me when I walked into the lobby of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center this morning for AV check and rehearsal.

Seeing your face on an enormous poster high over your head is both surreal and really funny.Once I stopped laughing, I went backstage for AV check, where the really nice TED tech people helped me run through my presentation to make sure everything was as it should be.  It was.

So they hooked up my microphone for rehearsal. We had a chance to rehearse on stage, which was great. Workers were putting finishing touches on the set while rehearsals went on.

This is what the theater looks like without 1500 people filling the seats…

Tomorrow morning, those seats will all be full as TED2012 gets underway. I’ve already had the opportunity to meet SO many amazing people — teachers from New Hampshire and Chicago, Bill Nye the Science Guy, a storyteller from the Bay Area, a co-founder of Prezi, a Google engineer… and the list goes on and on.

I’ll try to post again soon, but for now, I’ll leave you with a taste of what TED is all about. Tonight at dinner, I sat at a table with Jill Bolte Taylor, who gave this amazing TED Talk on the brain back in 2008.  Enjoy and wonder!


3 Replies on “TED 2012: Full Spectrum – Day 1

  1. I am so excited for you, Kate! (And super jealous). My students are working with TED talks this week and I keep bragging that someone I know is actually giving a talk this week. 😀

  2. Wowsa! Really impressed you are speaking at a Tedd talk. We are wondering if you would like to come to the International School of Beijing and talk to our kids. Please e-mail if you would be interested…I tried to contact you on your webpage and am happy to send along our school calendar. We start school early in August and end early in July — you may be able to kick off our school year! Have a great time at TED!

    1. Karen, – I’d be delighted to talk with you about coming to Beijing some time. I’ll drop you an email with my information & we can chat!