Win Tickets: TEDx Portland @ Gerding Armory | Deep Discussion, Live Speakers, School of Rock

Pipeline has a pair of tickets to attend the sold out TEDx Portland conference on Saturday, April 30. To win, comment on this post why you would like to attend. Winners will be drawn and emailed on Friday, April 22.

From our sponsors at TEDx Portland:
TEDxPortlandTEDx Portland
Saturday, April 30
8 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. | SOLD OUT

Gerding Theater at The Armory

128 NW Eleventh Avenue

At its core, Portland, Oregon, is a city with imagination and an insatiable desire to learn and to create. Please join us in celebrating what we hope will be the first of many exciting and inspiring TEDxPortland events to come.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations). Guest speakers include Spencer Beebe, president of EcoTrust, Karen Brooks, foodie and Portland Monthly author, and John Jay, executive creative director at Wieden + Kennedy. Entertainment will be provided by after-school music program School of Rock and college a cappella group On The Rocks.

Our theme this year is “crossroads.” A crossroads is a place where two things impact one another in a way that creates change. It’s where technology impacts behavior, where beliefs create ideas or where different branches of social science come together to create a whole new philosophy or field. The possibilities are endless, and the end results more powerful than we can imagine.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at

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81 Responses to Win Tickets: TEDx Portland @ Gerding Armory | Deep Discussion, Live Speakers, School of Rock

  1. Nicole April 20, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    I would really appreciate attending this amazing event to discuss/hear these important topics with my community!! Thank you, Nicole

  2. Grady April 20, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I’d like to attend because TEDx Portland is going to be awesome!

  3. Emily April 20, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Portland AND TED??! Please count me in!

  4. Aaron April 20, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    I have been watching TED events on their site for years, and have used them multiple times in the classroom as a presentation tool. I would really like the opportunity to be a part of TEDx Portland to see what our region has to offer to the global community.

  5. Rose jones April 20, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    I want to engage!

  6. Desi April 20, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    Wow! What a cool opportunity! I wish I’d had known about this before it was sold out… I would have just purchased tickets! I am a graphic designer working in the music industry, and daily experience this idea of “technology impacting behavior”, I would love to learn more from the experts! I am always looking for ideas that inspire and this sounds like a great opportunity to brainstorm! I am also starting a blog and have yet to write anything on it, ’cause I am so darn particular, so perhaps “Ideas Worth Spreading” could be my first entry! Pick me, pick me!!

  7. miranda April 20, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    I am a research scientists in Portland and I love TED talks. If I had tickets to attend this event, I would be very active in the discussions and believe that I could add a unique perspective.

  8. Figo April 20, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    I want to engage, too.

  9. Derek April 20, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    TED events highlight the brightest thinkers and most current community-impacting innovators in society today. Furthermore, the have a wide diversity of speakers and topics that educate, inspire, reveal and invigorate.

    I want to attend TED because there is no better event that balances great thought and effective action.

  10. Aaron S April 20, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    I wanted to buy tickets but it sold out before I had a chance! I would love to go!

  11. Gene April 20, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    Ted talks got me interested in Wii remotes, swimming, running, the art of happiness, creating a better world…

    Ted talks prove the power of narrative and story-telling and connect the collective us, that much more.

    I was disappointed to miss buying a ticket before they sold out!

  12. tony April 20, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    Wow, TED in pdx – would love to go, been watching it online for years!

  13. Drew April 20, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    I think the Value of attending a Ted Event would be incredible.

    The power of hearing innovaters in our community share is a great way to bring people together who are alligned with a common cause, to help.

  14. AdamBam April 20, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    My family & I just made the leap to PDX a few weeks ago drawn by the strong ethos of creativity and sustainability. A chance to experience the latest ideas from the best & brightest of the local community would be incredible.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. Marcela Musgrove April 20, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    There are amazing speakers lined up including my hero, Genevieve Bell. Since I’m new to Portland, I’ve heard Ted talks are a great place to meet interesting people. Plus I would only need one ticket so you could pick someone else on the comment board to give the other one to!

  16. Jon April 20, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    I heard about this some time ago but it fell of my radar I guess. I would love to see some of what’s being discussed there, as it could very much benefit my job.

  17. Glenn April 20, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    I’d give my right arm…no, wait…I guess I wouldn’t amputate anything. But I’d really, really like to go.

  18. Ryan April 20, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    I want to go to TED too.

  19. Cori Taratoot April 20, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Yes please! Because I want/need to be with my brilliant nerds. (Not the purple and pink kind.)

  20. Stuart April 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    I just moved to Portland, and this would be a great opportunity to meet some like minded people and experience an awesome event.

  21. Molly April 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    I would love to attend this event. I have been watching TED podcasts since college and would love to bepart of the local Portland event

  22. Sean April 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    Brilliant, thought-evoking discussions. Need one say more?

  23. Amy April 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    I’m studying to be a TED speaker someday and would greatly appreciate having access to the educational experience of seeing live speakers. These are people at the forefront of Thought Leadership and their purpose is to share knowledge as role models. I would love to learn as much as possible from them, and don’t want to go for the ‘entertainment value’ alone.

  24. Betsy April 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    Gee, I’d like to attend TEDx because every time I hear a TED talk I feel slightly giddy, a bit nervous, and, most of all, like I am brimming with potential. As a soon-to-be Graphic Design graduate, that’s precisely what I need.

  25. Elizabeth April 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    This is the stuff I am trying (like 50hr weeks trying) to build a career around, it would be an amazing oppertunity.

  26. Lloyd Bagtas April 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    TED talks is a staple when looking for inspiration in multiple disciplines. As a designer and huge fanboy I’d nearly pee my pants if I got these tickets.

  27. April April 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    I check out the new Ted talks online weekly. It would make my year to hear them in person at TedXPortland!

  28. Humberto Gonzalez April 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    I am a big fan and supporter of Ted Talks. This time I’d love to have the opportunity to attend interact directly at this event in Portland. There so much you can learn from these leaders and entrepreneurs!

  29. Carol Williams April 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    I promised my son that as part of his birthday present, I would buy him a ticket to this TEDxPortland event. But my heart sank when he asked me about it today and I realized that it is sold out– YIKES!! So now this looks like my only chance to fulfill my promise to him. He works at Weiden+Kennedy and would benefit a LOT from being able to attend this event. It would be an excellent way to feed his voracious quest to soak-up quality knowledge and to hone his creative outlook. .

  30. Cere Davis April 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    I would like to attend TED because I love learning and actively support making the world a better place.

  31. Kendrick April 20, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    I was so bummed when I saw how fast these tickets sold out. I’ve been trying to find tickets ever since.

  32. Amber April 20, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    Sunny day
    Sweepin’ the clouds away
    On my way to where the air is sweet
    Can you tell me how to get,
    How to get TEDx tickets?

  33. Evelyn April 20, 2011 at 11:17 pm #


  34. Dani Tamar April 20, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    I’m an architectural designer, improv comedienne, actor, environmentalist, feminist, model [who hearts contradictions], and overall-thinking-person who happens to be at a crossroads herself.

    The recession finds me paying my rent through none of these means, questioning capitalism, flooded with technology, and in deep need of an alternate paradigm. I’d like to manifest that through some sort of public-oriented creative endeavor, but am in need of a stroke of genius (though a spark of inspiration would also be fine) in order to combat what currently amounts to an existential crisis of moderate proportions. I’m hoping that TEDx will be just that.

    That said, I have no ticket. If you would be so kind to oblige, I would be very grateful.


  35. Matt April 21, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    I am a local software engineer and I spent so much of my free time watching TED talks.. One of my favorite TED talks ever is David Byrne’s talk on venue acoustics.. amazing. Somehow, I just missed getting tickets to TEDxPDX but I would be so unbelievably stokedd to attend. Drooling over the idea of all the innovative ideas and insights that will be discussed. Hook it up! Please? k thanks. ;)

  36. Adrienne April 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    I was so exited to hear that Portland was hosting a TEDx event, as I love the TED talks I’ve watched online. I’d love the opportunity to listen to leaders in the community and become more involved. Thank you!

  37. Kristen April 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    All the speakers sound awesome but I’d especially love to hear John Jay speak.

  38. AriH April 21, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    Winning these would be the awesomest thing ever! Portland is *made* for TEDx since this is such a fertile environment for new ideas and interesting people. I would thoroughly enjoy this and truly hope that I get picked. Thanks, as always, so much for putting on this prize drawing!

  39. Nick April 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    I would love an opportunity to get some intellectual stimulation VIA all of these amazing speakers! I have been a huge fan of TED’s amazing talks for quite some time, and would love the opportunity to experience it live, surrounded by armies of intellectuals!

  40. [email protected] April 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    TeD tAlKs
    i LiStEn
    FoR fReE

  41. M. Sullivan April 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    Woah. What an opportunity. I’d be mighty pleased to be able to score these tickets and take the Hus-Friend to this awesome event. He’s an obsessive TED fan, and a recent college attendee. Facts and science (along with DragonAge and local PDX music) is what makes him tick.

  42. Zakk April 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    I would love to hear what John Jay has to say.

  43. Peter April 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    I do not believe these are the best minds Portland has to offer. I’d love to attend and be proven wrong.

  44. Matthew April 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    I’ve been a longtime aficionado of the TED talks, and would love to attend the PDX incarnation. Plus, my brother’s name is Ted. Thanks!

  45. Bill April 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    I’m tired of watching TED on YouTube or tv. I want some live action. Besides, this will totally be impressive to my girlfriend. She’s a tech geek and I will look like a creative fellow. Win-Win!

  46. Lauren April 21, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    I would love to win these tickets so that I can get my unemployed boyfriend, who spends all day watching TED talks in his underwear, out of the house. This might be the push he needs to put on some pants and go see TED talks in person. If you could see his facebook wall then you would know that he finds the Ideas, in Ted talks, Worth Spreading and was recently asked to submit his ideas for TED talks. Yes, he’s a very lovable kept man who would LOVE tickets. Won’t you help his sugar mama?

  47. Lucy April 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    TEDx-tra ticket for me? Yes please!

  48. Emily April 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    I would love to attend because I love watching TED talks online and it would be amazing to experience them in person!

  49. Tia April 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    Hey all!

    I would love to attend this TEDxPortland event and wanted to tell you that ANOTHER, yes ANOTHER, TEDx event is happening in a few weeks in NE Portland. And – the best part – there are still tickets available! You can find out more at

    It is going to rock – we will have innovative thinkers presenting their ideas, FOOD CARTS, group discussions about alternative living, sustainability, peace and justice, and much more! Hope to see you there!

  50. eric April 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    I watch a TED talk whenever I need inspiration. Would love to attend live!

  51. Nate April 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    One can never have a shortage of inspiration.

  52. Alana Armstrong April 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    I would love to attend the TED Talks!!

  53. Ian April 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    Sign me up!

  54. Yuri April 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    I’ve watched Ted talks videos from cities all over the world. So excited to see it in Portland live!

  55. Sarah April 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    What I would give to attend the TEDXPDX event… I’d give coffee. No really, what a fantastic collection of thought leaders in Portland. I’d love to be a part of that energy and innovative thinking. Pick me!

  56. Gray April 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

    I want tickets because it will make my mother jealous. And because the ted talks figure that viral video doesn’t all have to be cute kittens & auto tuned babies

  57. Ankur April 21, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    I love TED and would be thrilled to attend TEDx Portland!

  58. Andy E April 21, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    Ted makes my brain hurt in a good kind of way.

  59. Victor April 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    I’d love to win tickets as I have been very excited about the incredible things I have seen from the TEDx’s in the past. I too have a world changing project that I have been developing for several years and plan to present it at a TEDx in the future. Get me in! Thanks for this opportunity!

  60. reena April 21, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    i have been streaming Ted Talks for bedtime stories…..pretty please can i be like grown up and go out for a change

  61. Heather April 21, 2011 at 10:53 pm #


  62. Angela April 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    OMG!!!! There are still tickets available?????? They were already sold out as soon as I started looking for them.

  63. Andy April 22, 2011 at 6:23 am #

    Me! Me! Me!

  64. Kim April 22, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    I’ve enjoyed TED talks online for years and would love the chance to be inspired by some of PDX’s most visionary in person!

  65. jade k April 22, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    Now why would I even have to explain why I’d want to attend?! Wouldn’t everyone want to go to this!!!

  66. Matt Kowal April 22, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Yo, we got the Internet going on.

  67. Sarah April 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    “And we pray, and we pray and we pray and we pray.
    Everyday, everyday, everyday, everyday…
    See you at the crossroads
    so you won’t be lonely”

  68. Kat April 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    I would love the chance to attend. TED talks are so inspirational, and center around human connection, the ways other see the world and why. The speaker line up looks like there should be some great knowledge to be soaked up, and at the moment I am feeling a little lost in my sense of direction in life, it would be great to gather some new inspiration from local heroes who have a lot of experience under their belt.

  69. T April 22, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    This would be such a wonderful use of time for anyone to go to. I’ve been watching TED talks via the web almost to an addicted point and have been hoping to attend in person. This is a place for people that love ideas to share ideas, hear new ones, create new ideas, and begin to implement them for the greater good. Your tickets would not be wasted on me!

  70. Dee April 23, 2011 at 12:00 am #

    I’m a fan of and would love to attend this live!

  71. Carissa April 24, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    I would like to attend TEDx because I enjoy watching the talks online. I feel if I could attend, it would be a massage for my brain and give my soul an opportunity to sing.

  72. Jhane April 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    TED spelled backwards in DET.

  73. Ben April 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    This would be an amazing opportunity for me to get out of this uncreative funk and mingle with great minds.

  74. Julia April 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    I have come to listening to TedEx talks as a source of inspiration, hope, and motivation!! Please let me come listen!!I’d be happy to volunteer in any way as well. Thanks!

  75. ashley April 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    As a long time PDX-ophile and TED fan, I would love (LOVE!!) to see what kind of intellectual love-child they’d produce. In my imagination it would be a smart, inspiring, quirky, creative mix of practical DIY solutions and ideas so crazy they just might work. Oh boy oh boy oh boy, I hope I win!

  76. Tim Hulford April 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    I’ve wrestled bears in the great woods of the Yukon
    I’ve eaten honey ants dug from holes in the desert of the Nullarbor Plain.
    I’ve built ships
    I’ve built speeches and promises for politicians
    I’ve broken hearts
    I’ve performed broken-heart replacement surgery
    I’ve perfected engines and mechanisms
    I’ve Designed countless doorhandles
    window locks,
    thermal coffee mugs
    and wireless drill-head locators for trenchless cable drills.

    But I’ve never been to TedxPortland….

  77. Katie P. April 8, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    I would love to win tickets as a surprise for my boyfriend. It’s his birthday that day. As unemployed recent college graduates, we could really use some inspiration and TEDxPortland seems like a perfect opportunity for that!

  78. Tyler T March 21, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    These be my people and I would love to go

  79. Leanne March 11, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    My brain needs to get out and get some exercise, pick me pick me!

  80. Amelia Sherman March 31, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    I would love to go to TED! Pick me!

  81. Monica April 10, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    The first time I was exposed to TEDxTalk was in my marketing class, and ever since then I watch all that is available. I am so excited that they’re coming to Portland. I can not imagine being so close and listen to people who are so inspiring. I really hope to have this opportunity to see these people in person instead of through the screen. I already felt a sense of closeness with all the speakers because of the fact that they leave footprints in Portland. Please pick me! I would greatly appreciate this opportunity.

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