June 10-13 2013. It was our first time as TED Speaker and Attendee. As "TED virgins", being in the auditorium is a different experience than watching the talks and entertainment on-screen.
I looked forward to each session; enjoyed tea and nice food during breaks and applauding with the crowd; and my favourite: getting into the green room and feeling the excitement before the talk.
We concluded that this TED conference was highly entertaining and enjoyable (also mind-blowing, for me), and the spirit of it all represented what we like about the United States -- the innovative bright ideas and the rallying spirit of hope and optimism.