Registration has begun for next year's elite TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference in Vancouver. TED2016 will take place from February 15 to 19, 2016.
The theme of TED2016 is "Dream", which is fitting because the ticket price is US$8,500 (about $10,500 in today's Canadian dollars)—far from the reach of the 99 percent.
In an email sent today (January 27) to the "global TED community", TED curator Chris Anderson and his team talk about the TED2016 theme:
Because dreams matter. And TED2016 will be dedicated to the greatest dreams we are capable of dreaming. It will be a week to stare hard at humanity’s toughest challenges, and to listen carefully to those who can show us a way forward. A week to celebrate the creative brilliance of our generation’s best artists, designers and storytellers. A week of invention, innovation, imagination … and the dreamers who can bring us with them on their journey. A week to stir the blood.
I would like to invite you to be part of this week and to help make some of these dreams come true.
The price of admission for TED2016 is the same as for TED2015, which happens March 16 to 20 and has a theme of "Truth and Dare".
Vancouver's first TED conference, TED2014, cost US$7,500 a ticket.
Having the dough doesn't guarantee you admission to a TED conference. If you want to attend, you must fill out an application with questions about "your goals, accomplishments and connection to your community".
"We read every application, and actively seek out leading thinkers and doers across a wide range of fields," the email from the TED team says.