This year TEDxAmsterdam 2013 was held at Amsterdam’s iconic Royal Concertgebouw in a localised and scaled down version of the annual TED conference. A record 1,000 attendees were present at TEDXAmsterdam. Live attendance of the event was only possible for those who received an invitation, but the entire event was streamed on the internet so people worldwide could watch the famous Ted Talks


TED is an annual event that draws upon many of the world's leading thinkers and doers to share what they are most passionate about. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is comprised of the three broad subject areas that not only give the event its name, but that collectively shape our future.

TEDxAmsterdam is an independently organised event that includes TED Talks, video and live speakers. Over the last five years, the event has grown to be one of the most influential gatherings for people to get inspired.

Speakers at TEDxAmsterdam

TEDxAmsterdam's impressive line-up of speakers included: Manfred Kets de Vries, Professor of Leadership Development and Organisational Change at INSEAD, Amy Robinson, Creative Director of EyeWire, an exciting game to map the brain, and Favio Chavez, creator of the Landfill Harmonic which recycles garbage into musical instruments.

Spin-off events

On 18 November 2013, the fourth edition of TEDxYouth will take place in Amsterdam. During the day, a grand line-up of young speakers will share their mind-blowing stories. On 6 December 2013, a line-up of inspiring women will fill the stage during the TEDxAmsterdamWomen event.