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TED conference returning to Vancouver; speakers include Gore, Gates, Musk

The Prime Minister of Finland and creator of Parks and Rec will also be there.
The TED conference is returning to Vancouver with speakers like Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Al Gore.

What do Al Gore, Bill Gates and Elon Musk have in common?

They all have surprisingly short names.

Also, they'll be speakers at the 2022 TED conference dubbed 'A New Era.'

The conference will be held at the Vancouver Conference Centre from April 10 to 14; it's the first time the famed conference will be held here after two years of pandemic pauses.

"A lot has changed since we last gathered in Vancouver for TED three years ago. We return not for more of the same, wonderful though that was, but to celebrate a new era," states the conference's website.

The five-day conference will feature parties, workshops and exhibits. And, of course, TED Talks, the brand's marquee creation. Among this year's speakers are former American vice-president Al Gore, tech entrepreneur Elon Musk and philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Other notable speakers include Finland's current prime minister Sanna Marin, actress and filmmaker Bryce Dallas Howard, and Michael Schur (who was one of the writers and producers for The Office, and who co-created Parks and Rec and Brooklyn 99 and created The Good Place).

There will also be speakers with all sorts of science and technology backgrounds, including the chief scientific officer with Moderna, one of the companies producing a COVID-19 vaccine.

Unfortunately, attendance will be limited as Vanguard and Standard levels have sold out (US $5,000 and $10,000, respectively). The Donor level still has some space, but that'll set you back $25,000 for the week of activities. The $250,000 Patron level has space too, which includes all the bonuses and a five-year membership.

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