Press Release TEDxKobe 2015


Press Release
April 20th, 2015

Inaugural “TEDxKobe” to take place on Sunday, May 24th, 2015
-Theme: Dive into Diversity-

On Sunday, May 24th, 2015, TEDxKobe*1), an independently organized TEDx*2) event licensed by TED, will take place at the “Kobe Art Center” (7-1-13 Kumochi-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe) in order to share unique and worthy ideas from Kobe.

TED*3), which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is the conference event delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Under the ideal of “Ideas Worth Spreading”, it began in 1984 at Monterey, California and since then continued to hold yearly mainly in America. In 1993, TED was held outside America for the first time ever in Kobe (TED4KOBE). This fact is the one and only history we are so proud.

The passionate presentations of TED speakers always attract people and give great inspirations, and in 2009 we saw the creation of TEDx, a radical opening up of the TED format to local, independently organized events which have the same ideal, “Ideas Worth Spreading”. Moreover in Japan, a collaboration between TED and Japanese public broadcaster NHK is bringing TED Talks to TV.

This time, we will hold the first TEDxKobe yearly event to spread worthy ideas from the land of the 20th anniversary of Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995. Our theme for this first TEDxKobe is “Dive into Diversity” because we haven’t fully celebrated our diversity in Kobe. There are many communities in Kobe and they are respectively wonderful, but they are not inter-connected each other. So we will dare to dive into diversity at the event. We look forward to meeting you then.

Event Information

May 24th, 2015, 9:30-20:30 (9:30- Registration, 11:00- Session Start, 18:00 Session End, 18:30-20:30 After Party)
Kobe Art Center (7-1-13 Kumochi-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture)
12 people (so far 9 people have been decided as below)*Latest information is to be published on the official website, Facebook page and Twitter.
300 people (We will provide live streaming both in Japanese and English.)
8,000 JPY for adults, 6,000 JPY for students,
1,000 JPY for primary school students and free for pre-school children
(including Lunch and After Party fee)
Presentations and Performances by the live speakers/performers, and some TED movies that represent the theme “Dive into Diversity”
How to participate
Invitation and Public Applications. As to the public applications, you can apply on the official website (, and after the thorough examination we will let you know if you can attend “TEDxKobe 2015”. If you have any questions or anything, please to not hesitate to contact us.

Interview on the Day

Based on TEDx rules, all journalists who want to interview TEDxKobe in any media must contact to TEDxKobe prior to the event, to understand our purpose, idea, and rules. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in advance.

Contact informations

Official Website
Facebook Page
Twitter Account

Speakers and Performers(up to April 20th, 2015)

  • HAIOKA: Musician, Composer and Electronic Music Artist
  • IKESHIMA Ryo: Event Organizer
  • KANAYA Ichiro: Computer Scientist
  • KATAYAMA Mari: Artist
  • MATSUSHITA Mari: PR Advisor
  • SUMOTO Edward: Social Activist
  • TAKEDA Makio: Insect Scientist
  • YAMAKAMI Yu: Researcher on Environmental Infrastructure
  • YAMADERA Jun: Cycle Evangelist

Explanations about TED/TEDx/TEDxKobe

About TEDxKobe

TEDxKobe is a non-profit organization, organized by such volunteer members that hope to change the world much better by transmitting unique and worthy ideas from Kobe. TEDxKobe is first granted a license in June 2014, and is successor of TEDxSannomiya which was granted a license in June 2013.

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, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on 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.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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