About TED

Ideas worth spreading!

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.


TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we're building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.

In fact, everything we do — from our Conferences to our TED Talks to the projects sparked by the TED Prize, from the global TEDx community to the TED-Ed lesson series — is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas?

TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Our agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.


Imagine a day filled with brilliant speakers, thought-provoking video and mind-blowing conversation. By organizing a TEDx event, you can create a unique gathering in your community that will unleash new ideas, inspire and inform.

A TEDx event is a local gathering where live TED-like talks and videos previously recorded at TED conferences are shared with the community. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. The content and design of each TEDx event is unique and developed independently, but all of them have features in common.

Design (y)our future

The world is in need of new ideas and positive people to make it a better place. By sharing personal stories, new developments and ideas we want to kickstart people to start with the design of their future. Not just for Alkmaar or The Netherlands, but for the world. Many extraordinary individuals proved that it's possible, especially now.

TEDx Alkmaar is not just a 1-day-event. Our team is dedicated to get as much people involved in this theme, so we can form a movement that will go on after January 21st. By joining forces we will be able to connect Alkmaar, the region, it's people, organizations and companies to a global audience.

This is why we organized the CREATE-IT, a local brainstorm. Or our SALON, the perfect moment to get a taste of TEDxAlkmaar. These are great moments to meet interesting people and think about new ideas,

Onze inspiratie: Sustainable Development Goals

Het team van TEDxAlkmaar raakte geïnspireerd door de Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) van de VN. Deze 17 doelen moeten een einde maken aan onder meer armoede, ongelijkheid en klimaatverandering in 2030. Je ziet ze terugkomen in onze CREATE-IT en de inspirerende verhalen en ideeën van diverse sprekers op 21 januari 2019.

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