After the successful TEDxRheinMain Rocketminds event hosted by ESOC, ESA’s Operations Centre in Darmstadt (Germany), in May 2014, it was about time for ESA to further engage with TED. Hence, the first TEDxESA event took place on 11 November 2015 at ESTEC, ESA’s engineering and technical heart, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
TEDxESA will be a long-term communication platform, aiming to continuously reach out across Europe. Therefore, future events are planned to be held in other ESA establishments in the years to come.
The theme of the first official TEDxESA 2015 event was Science Beyond Fiction. More info is available here.
TED is a non-profit organization 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 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 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-organized 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.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of regional, self-organised events that bring like-minded, technology-interested people together. ESA’s event is called TEDxESA, where x stands for ‘independently organized TED event’. At TEDxESA, TEDtalks will spark deep discussion and connection with the audience. TED itself provides general guidance for the TEDx programme, but individual TEDx events, such as TEDxESA, are self-organised.