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In the spirit that it is worth spreading ideas, TED conferences launched a new local TED program, which uses the TEDx brand, where x = independently organized TED event.

In a TEDx event, the combination of TEDTalks videos with the communications of the speakers present triggers in-depth discussions and the establishment of contacts.

TEDx events are non-profit and organized by volunteers passionate about their communities and “ideas that are worth spreading”.

It is a global phenomenon: until May 2014, 10,000 TEDx events were held in more than 800 cities worldwide.

The first TEDxLisboa (non-profit event) took place on May 15, 2010, in the Auditorium of the Faculty of Sciences and sold out to 700 people, with people unable to attend.

Our speakers included António Barreto, Henrique Cayatte, Miguel Seabra, Pedro Bizarro, Maria Conceição, Simão Rubim, Joaquim Casado, Noiserv, among others.

The second TEDxLisboa took place on September 20 of the same year, when we joined, live, TEDxChange, held in New York, by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This event had the support of CML and Libraries, through the provision of the Orlando Ribeiro Auditorium.

In 2011, we started a different TEDxLisboa format, thematic TEDxLisboa events, which bring together TED presentations and live presentations. We then held the first TEDxLisboa event in this new format on 07/07/11 , dedicated to the theme Education, What Motivation? , in the Palácio das Galveias.

Because we consider the theme of Education current and pressing, we decided to continue to hold this specific format of TEDx events, totally dedicated to the theme. Thus, on October 14 , 2013 , 700 participants participated in the TEDxLisboaED Forum at the Lisbon Forum, under the motto re.volution .

On October 18, 2014, we returned where we “were happy” and will be at Forum Lisboa, for yet another TEDxLisboaED, with the motto #MOB to mobilize is to act .

TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and creators are invited to share what excites them most.

“TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design – three areas of study that together shape our future. In fact, this event is much more comprehensive, discussing ideas that are relevant in any area. Participants have already called it, “the best spa for the mind” and “a four-day trip into the future.” The diverse audience – CEO’s, scientists, creatives, philanthropists – is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who include names like Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.

The first TED was in Monterey, California, in 1984. In 2001, Chris Anderson’s Sapling Foundation purchased TED from its founder, Richard Saul Wurman. In recent years, TED has grown to include an international conference, TEDGlobal; multimedia initiatives, including TED Talks and and the TED Prize.