By Bella Butler and Gabrielle Gasser EBS STAFF
BIG SKY – Following the rollercoaster that was 2020, the fifth annual TEDxBigSky took place in the new year on Jan. 30, 2021, capping off the weeklong Big Sky Ideas Festival which included panel conversations, live music and film screenings.
To plan a TEDx event during a normal year is a major lift; to plan one during a pandemic requires a team effort, hard work, flexibility and creativity. This year, the event was held in person, to a select group of approximately 50 attendees socially distanced, and virtually. Nine speakers presented their personal serendipitous, life-changing, awakening experiences from the stage of the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center which was broadcast to a live global audience.
The virtual event drew an audience of 1,700 on Jan. 30 and as of Feb. 1 the video has garnered close to 4,000 views.
“The biggest challenge was the changing…