TEDxHamamatsu introduce speakers from various fields such as local culture, tradition, art, and industry, each with a mission to introduce an idea worth spreading. Presentations from TEDxHamamatsu are recorded and shared online, helping to extend the messages of speakers to the global community.

About TEDxHamamatsu

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDxHamamatsu is officially licensed by TED and was established in October, 2014. Operating as an NPO and organized by volunteers, our mission is to spread ideas worth sharing from Hamamasu to the world, shining the spotlight on talented and passionate individuals from diverse backgrounds. To achieve this goal we hold not only TEDx events, but also a range of community events designed to help make Hamamasu shine even brighter.

Hamamatsu has a proud history as an industrial town, but is now faced with the challenges of offshoring and a declining population. Through our work at TEDx we hope to provide a platform for ideas and voices that can contribute to the rejuvenation of the city. We hope that our TEDx events and community activities will provide meaningful experience and insights for participants from all walks of life, and provide an opportunity for people to feel the spirit of innovation and community that has been the backbone of Hamamatsu for centuries.

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.

About 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.

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