Mission & Vision

What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED‘s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project that takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event 

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

What is TEDxAmsterdamWomen! 

TEDxAmsterdamWomen aims to organize events in Amsterdam that provide people with the stage to inspire with original ideas: ideas that support women in society and the workplace, with the long-term purpose to increase equality of all aspects. 

This change can not be created by one person alone, but it happens because people see how others are starting to put their ideas into action.  This inspires others to create new ideas and make more changes.  Our stage is the place where this awareness starts and step by step, together, we will achieve our equality goals.

We are a team of professional and motivated women and men who dedicate their free time and energy to make a difference with the help of our sponsors.  Working together, we support each other, promoting ideas to support you, the public, to live in a more equal and balanced environment.


TEDxWomen is a global US lead annual conference that specifically focuses on the unique way in which women contribute to global change and thus help to reshape the future. 

In December 2010, Amsterdam hosted one of the first TEDxWomen events in the world, and as an independent local affiliate of this group, it became known as TEDxAmsterdamWomen. 

Since then, TEDxAmsterdamWomen has produced and delivered a stunning and inspiring conference every year, bringing forth well-known and critically acclaimed speakers such as Mei Lin Ang, Steve McCurry, Mariéme Jamme, Harriette Verweij, Naomi Feil, Sarah Britton, Corrine Vigreux, Olivia Bee, Lex Peters, Kelly Cutrone, Paul Zak, Marieke Eyskoot, Bénédicte Ficq and Lauren Zander. 

TEDxAmsterdamWomen events are not subsidized and are run on the enthusiasm of our sponsors and volunteers.

We invite you to read more about TED, TEDx, TEDxWomen and especially TEDxAmsterdamWomen. Find out more about how you too can be part of this campaign for change.