On February 16, 2013, we will webcast TEDxManhattan live from New York City to provide access to viewers worldwide. To watch the webcast, visit https://new.livestream.com/tedx/manhattan2013.
We’re also encouraging individuals, groups, and organizations to host viewing parties of the event. Hosting a viewing party is your opportunity to rally your community and start conversations on sustainability, applying the talks to your local food system.
We’ll break a few times during the day-long conference—at those times, the webcast will be offline. These breaks are a great opportunity for viewing party hosts to plan activities for their guests. You can lead discussions on the talks you just heard, host a potluck of dishes made from local ingredients, or even have speakers from your own community. We’ve got ideas for how to structure the party and how to promote it. We’re eager to help you brainstorm ways to tailor your viewing party to your community’s needs and interests.
Visit our map to find a viewing party in your area. If there aren’t any close by, we’d love for you to host one of your own—contact Jane, Viewing Party Coordinator at email@example.com for information.
Viewing Party Rules
TEDx has strict guidelines for official viewing parties. TEDxManhattan viewing parties must adhere to the rules below:
- You must complete the registration form in order to register as an official viewing party for TEDxManhattan 2013.
- Parties must be free of charge to an audience of up to 100 people.
- TEDx approves viewing parties of more than 100 people on a case-by-case basis. If you think your party will attract a crowd larger than 100 guests, contact the Viewing Party Coordinator and we’ll send TEDx an inquiry.
- Viewing party sponsors must be pre-approved by TEDx. Sponsors may not receive any advertising or promotion during the webcast.
Please review the following linked PDFs for more information:
If you want to host a viewing party, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add you to our map and possibly include you in our promotion.
What time does the conference start?
The conference will begin at 10:30am est and run until 6 PM EST (though the webcast will end around 5:45pm). Once the schedule is finalized, you’ll find it among the linked PDFs listed above. You can learn more about the scheduled speakers by scrolling up and clicking on the “Speakers” link in the sidebar to the right.
Do I have to show the whole conference?
The conference is best viewed as whole. Showing all three sessions is the best use of an official viewing party and the most effective way to promote sustainable food systems through TEDxManhattan. Because the conference is webcast live, we realize showing the entire conference can prove inconvenient for our hosts on the west coast. If you’re dealing with a significant time difference, don’t worry—you can show just one or two sessions and still register as an official viewing party. If you have other scheduling conflicts that are making it difficult for you to show the conference in its entirety, contact the Viewing Party Coordinator and we’ll work with you to find a solution.
Is there a fee associated with hosting an official viewing party?
Official viewing party hosts do not pay dues or fees to TEDx or TEDxManhattan and showing the webcast is free of charge.
Who else is hosting a viewing party?
Check out our map (above) to see if there are other viewing parties in your area. If there are, that doesn’t mean you can’t host one of your own! The aim of these satellite events is to get as many people talking about their local food system as possible.
You’re also welcome to team up with other organizations or individuals to co-host an event. If there’s a host in your area you’d like to work with, contact the Viewing Party Coordinator.
What should I do during breaks in the webcast?
The conference will break once for lunch and again in the afternoon, at which point the webcast will be offline. The breaks are great opportunities to feed your guests and discuss the talks you just heard. Providing food for a crowd doesn’t have to break the bank. You could host a potluck and encourage your guests to bring dishes made from local ingredients, or ask a local café or restaurant to donate buffet-friendly dishes. In the wake of inspiring talks, discussions of your local food system will flow easily, particularly over good food. But you can also ask local experts to lead discussions or create a trivia game about sustainability for more structured conversation.
For more ideas based on your communities needs and interests, contact the Viewing Party Coordinator.
Who should host a viewing party?
If you’re affiliated with an organization, club, publication, or company that promotes sustainable food systems, you’d make a great viewing party host. Your pre-existing network of supporters serves as a great guest list and means of promoting your event. University food studies programs also make great hosts. Hosting a viewing party a great opportunity to promote sustainability to students outside the major.
But anyone with a passion for sustainable food systems would make a great viewing party host!