The mind-shifting short-talk phenomenon returns to Pretoria in November for a day of disruptive ideas and bold new voices challenging a business-savvy audience to reboot their thoughts and actions to meet the needs of the future.

The theme for this year’s event is Don’t Blink

This will be Pretoria's 7th TEDxPretoria - a localised offshoot of the hugely popular Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) series of talks which has become an international movement under the banner of Ideas worth spreading. The talks, which are freely available online, are widely recognised as one of the world's most inspiring sources of fresh thinking on a wide range of cultural and scientific subjects.

TEDxPretoria 2019 takes place on 19 November 2019 at Brooklyn Theatre.

Like all TEDx talks, the TEDxPretoria event is open-source and not for material or political gain. It is organised under a free license by an independent team of professionals, graduates and students who share a burning desire to challenge accepted wisdom and spark deep conversations and connections in their communities.

About TEDx

Speaker application / nomination

The TEDxPretoria speaker and performer nominations and applications open in July 2019 and will be announced on our social media pages.

Here is a helpful article to get started.

Interested to speak at TED? Read this.

Contact the team if you have any questions.

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, selforganized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.*

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, 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 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.

Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED

*Subject to certain rules and regulations

TEDx Pretoria's Favourite TED Videos

Previous TEDXPretoria Videos

Global TED Videos


012 Central - Pretoria CBD

Venue Details

The event will take place at 012Central, in Pretoria.

Safe parking is available.

381 Church St,


To 012Central
  • Driving in Helen Joseph Street (previously Church Street) keep far left. At the T-junction turn left into Sisulu Street (previously Prinsloo Street) and keep far left.

  • The entrance to the parking is 20-30m from the intersection and is located on the left, please drive slowly as there are lots of taxi’s that park in the street and that can cause a bit of congestion.

  • Drive up the parking ramp and park in an open bay on P1 or P2, follow directional signage down to 012central.

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Public Transport

For savvy travelers, we recommend Taxify.

Gautrain Pretoria station is 2.8 km from the venue.

The container entrance is where shuttles and Uber drivers can drop off guests this is 381 Helen Joseph Street.

NB: There isn’t a drop off zone, drivers will need to pull to the left, put hazards on, drop and go.

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Programme coming soon


2018 Speakers (Talks now available on Youtube).

Previous Speakers

2017 Speakers (Talks now available on Youtube)




Partnerships make TEDxPretoria happen

Media Partners

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, Ideas Worth Spreading. The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

At TEDx events, a screening of TEDTalks videos -- or a combination of live presenters and TEDTalks videos -- spark deep conversation and connections..

TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. TEDx Organizers are not hosting events for political reasons, monetary reward or personal gain. They are doing so because they truly believe in the power of ideas to change the world. TEDx events are open source, local and community-driven events that inspire innovation, thought leadership and visionary insight.

A TEDx license is free to obtain.

If you feel that your company understands, values and works within a similar vision and approach, and you would like to support TEDxPretoria in developing this community of change makers and action takers – the entrepreneurs, the dreamers, the thinkers, the doers, and thereby engaging with inspired citizens and providing a catalyst for inspiration and a platform for collaboration, please get in touch!

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Physical Address

012 Central
381 Church St,

For media enquiries please e-mail tedxpretoria [at] gmail dot com.

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