On March 7, 2015, we will webcast TEDxManhattan live from New York City to provide access to viewers worldwide, including guests at viewing parties worldwide and those watching at home. We will also have a global twitter conversation all day that you can join in on.
We’re 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.
If you would like to host a viewing party, please fill out the online form. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
You can learn about what other viewing party hosts are planning and get tips from experienced hosts in our Viewing Party Profiles.
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 2015.
- 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 us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send TEDx an inquiry.
If you want to host a viewing party, please contact email@example.com 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 around 6 pm est. Once the schedule is finalized, you’ll find it among the linked PDFs listed above. When finalized, 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 Diane or Pam 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 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.
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.
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! – you don’t have to be an organization or company – individuals are more than welcome to host viewing parties in their homes.