On February 28, the TEDxWilfridBastienEd event took place in Montreal. Many were eagerly awaiting the posting of these six inspiring lectures to view them on the Web. It is now done, and for the occasion, we discussed the workings of such an event with the main and responsible organizer, Mr. Pierre Poulin.
A brief trip back in time tells us that it was in 1984 that the first TED conference took place. It is interesting to learn that topics like the Compact Disc (DC) demo, the first eBook and 3D graphics from Lucas Film Studios were featured there. The event did not have the expected success, it was only 6 years later that the idea was relaunched to finally experience a phenomenal progression, helped by the appearance of the first online conferences in 2006, then the open translation of these in more than one hundred languages, in 2009. They will have allowed the appearance of "heroes of the Internet", such as Sir Ken Robinson, by crossing the milestone of 100 million views on the site TED.com.
That same year the TEDx conferences appeared. The particularity of these? They are organized completely independently in order to help communities, organizations and individuals to initiate conversations for change and to establish connections in their environment. At the time, Pierre Poulin got wind of this through his colleagues François Rivest and François Bourdon who frequently sent him links to these conferences inviting him to view them. With his great interest in innovation in education, as demonstrated by his iClass, all it took was for him to take an interest in this great manifestation of ideas and decide to organize the TEDxWilfridBastien 2012, which was the first TEDx conference in French dedicated to education.
After attending a TEDxEd day in New York and bonding with the organizers for almost two years, he finally decided to go for it by applying for a license, which is only valid for 12 months after it is issued. Interestingly, these organizers whom he worked with also deal with CampED (edcamp), another formula that Mr. Poulin has helped to make known in Quebec. It was decided to give the name of the school in which he worked to the TEDxEd event, with the aim of exposing to the population, employers and decision-makers, new and original ideas in education, under the TEDx banner. .
The organizing committee of TEDxWilfridBastienEd 2014 was made up of a dozen volunteers, including Ms. Isabelle Massé, director of the school, Mr. François Bourdon, teacher and co-founder of iClasse, her fellow teachers and an educational advisor from RÉCIT, Ms. Nadine Martel- Octeau. For the technical team, Bill Kerrigan and Jacques Rourke, of McGill University, did the video capture and the independent expert Nicolas Lusignan, the sound capture. Ms. Bettina Caroli, former student of Mr. Poulin, was the host of the evening.
The rule being that the videos of the conferences must be published online a maximum of one month after the event is held, Mr. Poulin and his team are proud to announce that they are now available on Youtube.
It has been confirmed that a new edition of TEDxEd, which could this time welcome 500 spectators, will take place in 2016. Mr. Poulin told us that he is already looking forward to organizing this one with a new pan-Canadian team, encouraged by the success and the wind of change generated in Quebec's education community.