Our Event

UN New York City

TEDxUNPlaza | September 16, 2013 | New York City

What is the mission behind TEDxUNPlaza? 

TEDxUNPlaza is an initiative made possible by TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” In 2009, TED piloted the TEDx program to allow individuals across the globe to organize independent TED events. In less than four years, TEDx has become worldwide, bringing inspiration and innovation to major cities, villages, and slums across the globe.

We are proud to bring an independently organized TEDx event to the United Nations in New York City on September 16, 2013. Organized by a nonprofit foundation driven by volunteers and financially & in-kind supported by sponsors, TEDxUNPlaza brings together the BRAVEST thought leaders and emerging pioneers in global affairs, innovation, technology, medicine, film, and entertainment to explore a multidisciplinary approach to BRAVERY in our world today.

Why did we choose BRAVERY as our theme? 

The theme of this year’s TEDxUNPlaza is “BRAVE: United in Action.” We believe BRAVERY is part of being human, and allows individuals to enact enormous change in the world. Our speakers and attendees have used personal and group courage to disrupt industries, challenge norms, animate movies, combat complexity in policy, and design new structures for a better world. We are proud to deliver their stories of fearlessness, perseverance, courage, and change on September 16, 2013 at a location no less inspiring than the United Nations Headquarters. Come join us as we unite and celebrate a renowned community of individuals for whom BRAVERY is a continual engine for positive action.

What can I expect on the day of the event? 

Our goal for the day of the event is to showcase innovative, multi-disciplinary solutions to complex issues in a manner that is accessible to the global public while staying politically neutral. From start to finish, we have designed the event to be entirely immersive, requiring the full participation of all guests and speakers. On September 16, 2013, TEDTalks videos and live speakers engage the audience of delegates to begin discussions that will have impact long after we leave. Discussions will address the cutting-edge intersection of medicine, technology, global affairs, female empowerment, being human, turning ideas into action, and changing everything! We invite you to join us.