The annual TED conference in Vancouver will not go ahead as planned next month because of the Coronavirus and event organizers are now trying to decide on an alternative.
CBC has confirmed with conference organizers that they’ve asked attendees whether they prefer to postpone the event until the end of July, or conduct a virtual conference online.
“Despite the global health situation, TED is committed to sharing insights, sparking action and hosting meaningful discussions of the ideas that matter most in the world. What form that takes will be determined in the next week,” TED spokesperson Karen Navarre Wicki said in an email to the CBC.
Organizers will have a final decision by early next week.
Vancouver has been home to the week-long event since 2014, hosting about 2,000 people who pay USD $10,000 US each to attend. This year’s TED conference had been scheduled for April 20-24.