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What is TEDx?

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, 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 (subject to certain rules and regulations).

The 2022 Theme

Every TEDx event is given a theme, and in 2022 Kāpiti and Horowhenua will be embracing the theme emerge for its event. 

Emerge means to come to light. To move out or away from something and to become apparent, or even prominent. It means new ideas, invites a distinction from our neighbours in Wellington, and offers focus for the resilience seen in many areas since COVID changed our lives forever. 

It’s a simple word, a humble word, but it carries so much diversity and timeliness for our communities. And that’s why we’re excited to see how this is embraced and shared across industry, community and culture. 


TEDx is about ideas, not speakers.

Let us explain.

Yes, it’s the people – the speakers – who will deliver the ‘ideas worth sharing’ but read carefully: it’s actually not personality, profile or individual that will inform the line up, but a person’s idea or innovation.

This means it doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, or what your circumstances are. You don’t need to be a public speaking aficionado or a known presence in our community.

If you have an idea with global appeal that deserves a little air time, consider yourself a candidate. We can’t wait to hear about your idea.

Speaker nominations and applications are closed for 2022. We will announce the 2023 schedule later in the year, after the inaugural TEDxKāpiti – happening on 25 June 2022.

Stay Connected

Connect with us on social media and sign up to our newsletter to stay in the know about key dates and how it will all come together. We’ll also let you know when we’ve fleshed out our website a bit more – all the important details that you’ll need to know if you’re itching to be involved. We hope you’ll join us.

Our Partners

Join our TEDx Journey as a partner and align your business with a globally recognised brand. 

There are 3 levels of sponsorship available and we are looking for businesses who are also passionate about spreading new ideas and challenging the status quo. 

Let’s explore how you can be involved and the opportunity for exposure for your business.