Now 5,000+ events and 20,000+ talks strong, TEDx’s “x” has made its way to some marvelously unexpected places. From the staircase of a full-size reproduction of the Titanic to a base camp in Antarctica, TEDx venues are far from ordinary. Below, nine of our favorite venues from TEDx events past.
What would a great wonder of the world be without a TEDx? At TEDxGreatWall in 2011, TEDx’ers took over the Jinshanling section of the Chinese landmark, marking this historic landscape with ideas worth spreading.
Looking like a cross between a UFO and an amusement park ride, TEDxBrainport’s venue might have had its audience thinking “aliens” at first. Located in the tech-savvy Brainport Eindhoven region of The Netherlands, TEDxBrainport’s former science museum locale easily set the scene for visions of the future.
Kathmandu, Nepal by Javi Leon
Nimesh Ghimire is the organizer of TEDxKathmandu, the first TEDx event in Nepal, which just held its second event last month. Here are his thoughts on the TEDx movement, the importance of TEDx in Nepal and TEDxKathmandu’s impact on its community.
TEDx: How did you hear about TEDx? What made you want to organize a TEDx event?
Nimesh: I have always been a big fan of TED videos and its ethos of ideas worth spreading. In fact, I have derived a lot of inspiration and motivation on the works I have done (the projects I am involved with) by watching TED videos. At the same time, I was aware that TED allowed local events to be self-organized by members of the TED community. Knowing that Nepal had never seen a TEDx event, and with my own motivation to share the TED inspiration with members of the Nepali community, I collaborated with a friend to host TEDxKathmandu, beginning in 2011. So far, our team has hosted two TEDx events in Nepal.