TEDxDhakaLive 2013 was the first TEDxLive event showing a TED Conference live video streaming in Bangladesh. The organizing team of TEDxDhaka were a little skeptic about the success of a simulcast event at first. But after the event they had to change their mind. The event was not flawless, however we surely can call it a success! The attendees loved watching TEDGlobal live and they enjoyed the time all the way including the breaks. We didn't have any live speaker, we watched session 4,5 and 6 of TEDGlobal 2013.
We hand picked the attendees and around 80-100 showed up, which is somewhat an extraordinary turnout taking the number of attendees we 'accepted' or invited. And they were an amazing group of people with curated majority of young students. We hosted a small workshop during a break with interested attendees about ‘how to host a TEDx event’. The target was to encourage the students from different universities in town to host TEDxUniversity events in their own campuses. It was quite an informative and interactive session with participation from all directions. It included a lot of behind the scene stories of organizing TEDxDhaka from the Organizing Team’s experiences.
While the venue EMK Center was perfect for the size of the crowd and they helped us in every possibility. The Ted Cafe adjacent to the main hall sold good snacks and drinks at a very reasonable price to the attendees. The internet connection for the live streaming was supported by Qubee with a 4mbps connection. It worked almost perfectly well with no major glitches during the live streaming.
We set up a separate screen for the live #TED twitter feed. Many among the TEDxDhakaLive audience joined the global conversation on twitter while watching the talks. It was pretty insightful and fun!
The breaks were full of waving hellos to strangers from different disciplines and backgrounds sparked enthusiastic conversations about the talks and beyond.
We look forward to keep organizing this type of smaller, intimate events around the TED simulcasts in the future.