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 “FAST FORWARD”- with change-makers, entrepreneurs, future thinkers, poets and athletes exploring the importance and impact of radical ideas and fast change in an age of upheaval.

This will be Pretoria's fourth TEDxPretoria - a localisedoffshoot of the hugely popular Technology, Education 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.

Like all TED talks, the TEDxPretoria event is open-source and not for material or political gain. It is organisedunder 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.

TEDxPretoria 2016 takes place on 17th November 2016 at 012 Central, our new home. A funky-fresh upcoming space which inspires creativity and open-mindedness.

About TEDx

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

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Venue Details

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

Safe parking is available.

For savvy travelers, we recommend Uber. Gautrain Pretoria station is 2.8 km from the venue.

Venue Location
381 Church St,


We are super excited to announce our speaker line-up for 2016!

You will see what we mean... real talent and amazing ideas are coming to the stage this year.

Speaker announcements will be made on social media – follow @TEDxPretoria on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



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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012 Central
381 Church St,

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