TEDxChristchurch brings together leading local, national and global thinkers and doers for a day like no other:
To encourage wonder and exploration
To connect possibility with practicality
To serve as a bridge between Christchurch and the world
To provoke, remind, delight, uplift, inform, and inspire
TEDxChristchurch is an independent event operated under license from TED. The first Christchurch TEDx event was TEDxChCh in October 2010. In May 2011 the team held the first TEDxEQChCh, focused on the future of post-quake Christchurch; 2012 saw TEDxEQChCh again focused on our post-quake context. Since 2013, we returned to our roots with TEDxChristchurch.
TEDxChristchurch and all TEDx events are entirely non-profit.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxChristchurch, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxChristchurch event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organised.
TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California in 1984, 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 TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organised events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.