Once a sleepy town in the foothills of the north Indian Himalaya, Dharamshala, is now a global destination. The town is the exile home of the Dalai Lama, the capital of the Tibetan diaspora, the summer capital of the hill state of Himachal Pradesh, an international cricket venue, and more recently, incorporated into the smart city programme of the country.
Drawn by the beauty of the mountain setting and its unusual mix of Indian, Tibetan and international cultures, one can see thousands of visitors from all over the world strolling through its narrow streets throughout the year.
Crowded with multi-cuisine restaurants, cafes, bookshops, and video parlours, the small town of Dharamshala can very well be considered a mini-cosmopolitan, making it the perfect location for hosting a TEDx Event.
The local community is full of people with rich experiences from all walks of life. Travellers, entrepreneurs, researchers, explorers, designers, doctors, philosophers, teachers, artists, social workers, global thinkers, etc. you’ll find them all in this town. With the large portion of the working class employed in the education sector, the community will serve as an ideal audience to ideas that inspire individuals. The local community also hosts students from various professional fields like design, engineering, medical and business from across the country, due to the presence of prominent colleges and universities in and around the region creating an atmosphere of growth and freedom.
TEDxDharamshala is the annual TEDx Conference, organised in the hilly town of Dharamshala. It brings together our region’s most innovative, inspiring and creative minds to showcase their story and ideas. Each year the event is attended by 100 open-minded, creative and forward-thinking individuals representing all facets of life and culture of India including businessmen, educators, artists, homemakers, activists, doctors, lawyers, students, futurists, and every person that is interested in broadening his/her mind.
TED is a nonprofit organisation 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; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; 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.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxDharamshala where x = independent organised TED event. At our TEDxDharamshala event, TED Talks, videos and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.