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About TED

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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About TEDx and TEDxGeneva

x = independently organized event

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where the “x” means “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.)

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TEDxGeneva: An open stage

We offer an open stage, allowing speakers with messages worth spreading to speak regardless of their public speaking experience. For each edition, we have a call for speakers to which anyone can respond with a 3-minute video presenting their topic. From the applications received—about a hundred—we select between 10 and 12 speakers, both local and international.

To ensure the highest possible quality of the talks, we work with each speaker for over 2 months. In particular, each speaker rehearses at least once a week with our team during the six weeks leading up to the event. Each speaker can decide at any time to postpone their performance to a later edition. We also reserve the right to postpone a talk to a later edition if a speaker is not sufficiently prepared. This organization allows us to host between 10 and 12 speakers on stage, each with a talk lasting between 8 and 18 minutes. An edition thus lasts between 1.5 and 2 hours.

There is a magnificient team behind this effort:

Our Team


Née pour être une star, elle fait que nos éditions brillent… À chaque fois !

Son TED talk préféré : Grit: the power of passion and perseverance | Angela Lee Duckworth


Créative et inclassable, Leonor et son équipe font le design et rassemblent nos scènes. La beauté avec des choses récupérées et réutilisables…

Son TED talk préféré : Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling | Emilie Wapnick


Depuis 2014, Matteo assure que le son, l’image et les idées fonctionnent. Et que la musique est là pour y danser…

Son TED talk préféré : The child-driven education | Sugata Mitra


Elle déclenche la magie nécessaire entre nos speakers, leurs idées et notre audience. Sacré rôle, non ?

Son TED talk préféré : Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban


Notre voix sur les réseaux, notre voie à travers nos éditions.

Son TED talk préféré : Quand l’insouciance et le naturisme transforment le capitalisme… | Thierry Pick | TEDxGeneva


Il est là pour écrire ces textes, c’est un énorme honneur.

Son TED talk préféré : My stroke of insight | Jill Bolte Taylor


Il a initié TEDxGeneva et reste fidèle à l’équipe pour tout besoin. Une ressource tellement précieuse.

Son TED talk préféré : Two rules for guys | Dr. Keith Witt | TEDxAmericanRiviera

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