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Builders. Truth-tellers. Catalysts.

Ten years on, TEDGlobal returns to Africa. Since our 2007 conference in Arusha, Tanzania, the continent has experienced spectacular economic, demographic and creative growth, and has made exciting progress toward its rightful place in the world. Yet many African nations are beset by challenges. And the stakes have never been higher. As populations continue to surge, both opportunity and danger are rising.

At TEDGlobal 2017, we’ll bring together an incredible group of speakers who can collectively help shape how this plays out. Dreamers and doers. Technologists and entrepreneurs. Business leaders and creatives. The event ten years ago felt like history in the making. The ideas and connections forged then have had untold impact. We want to reignite those sparks and invite anyone passionate about the future of Africa, and the future of the world to come and be part of something special. TEDGlobal2017: "Builders. Truth-Tellers. Catalysts."

A week of ideas and connections

Here's what you can expect from your week at TEDGlobal 2017 in Arusha.



Arrive early to join tours of local tech clusters, social enterprises, art spaces and more. Consider joining a pre-TEDGlobal excursion — perhaps a safari through Tanzania's legendary game sanctuaries on the Northern Circuit. Explore excursions and tours

27 AUGUST 2017


TEDGlobal 2017 begins with an inspiring opening session of TED Talks, followed by a festive welcome party.

28 AUGUST 2017


A day of mainstage TED Talks, as well as not-to-be-missed talks from our TED Fellows, young game-changers from across Africa and the globe. Community workshops round out the day.

29 AUGUST 2017


Today, mainstage TED Talks sessions alternate with community workshops focused on ideas that matter -- plus outdoor activities in the beautiful surroundings of Arusha.

30 AUGUST 2017


On our final full day together, mainstage TED Talks and community workshops will tackle the ideas of the week, while outdoor activities will connect you with Tanzania's ecosystem. We'll say farewell at our grand closing party.

Your conference experience

Here's what you can expect at TEDGlobal:

A four-day stage program
Eight sessions of TED's famous 18-minute talks
Musical performances featuring local artists and other surprises
Dinners, parties and tours
In and around Arusha and the nearby National Parks
TED gift bag
Hand-picked by TED and our partners
Our award-winning app for meeting other attendees


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Our location: Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge, in Arusha, Tanzania

In the north of Tanzania, Arusha nestles in the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, surrounded by the belt of national parks and reserves known as the Northern Circuit, a spectacularly diverse cluster of ecosystems and habitats. Our conference home, Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge, is set within 140 acres of lush vegetation with magnificent views of the snow-capped mountains. The lodge is located between Arusha and Kilimanjaro International Airport, a 40-minute drive either way.

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