August 18, 2011


My good friend Travis, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia, is one of the organizers of this event. I'm so excited for him and Mongolia. You should also check out his website,

Event: TEDxUlaanbaatar
When: August 20th, 2011; 09:00AM to 06:00PM
Where: BLACKBOX Theatre, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Or Watch live at in Mongolian and English

About TEDx

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 TEDxUlaanbaatar, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUlaanbaatar event, TEDTalks video 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.

About TEDxUlaanbaatar

As the idea behind TED is sharing knowledge, at TEDxUlaanbaatar, our speakers aim to present inspirational stories about the past, present, and future of Mongolia.

They will speak on topics ranging from Mongolian history to the vast web of Mongolian peoples across the world, from intellectual puzzles to the eclectic fusion of modern Mongolian hip-hop with traditional instruments, from the children of Ulaanbaatar’s streets to the country’s aggressive economic future.

With our first TEDxUlaanbaatar event, we hope to debut Mongolia to the TED community through a new lens, focusing on Mongolia’s rich past and promising future. In a blend of both Mongolians and expatriates, our team of organizers, contributors, and speakers are all working towards Mongolia’s LEGACY: Honoring Tradition, Designing the Future.


Introduction to TEDx

Session 1: Exploring the Past

An insightful look back into Mongolia's rich and unique history. Speakers and presenters in this session will provide a glimpse of Mongolia's colorful tapestry of culture, arts and spirituality.

Session 2: Honoring Tradition

Linking us to the present day, a mix of speakers and artists explore the ways in which Mongolia reveres the past through science, music, photography and lifestyle.

Session 3: Empowering Progress

Inspirational stories of change and the changemakers behind them in Mongolia today. From the streets of Ulaanbaatar to the peaks of the Altai mountains, amazing people positively impacting the world around them.

Session 4: Designing the Future

Visionaries and thought-leaders share their aspirations for realizing Mongolia's potential and shaping the country's legacy for generations to come.


TEDxUlaanbaatar will be streaming live!

While we are limited to 100 seats at the live event, there is unlimited seating for our friends who want to watch TEDxUlaanbaatar live on August 20th! Thanks to the incredible technology available to us you can watch TEDxUlaanbaatar live all day on Saturday, August 20, starting at 9am and running until 6pm in Mongolia. In America, Eastern Standard Time, this means the event starts on Friday, August 19th at 9pm and runs until 6am Saturday morning.

All you have to do is visit and the live stream of the event will be available in both Mongolian and English. Invite your friends to join you in watching this all-day event and be sure to join us on Facebook and Twitter to join the live conversation on as we live-tweet and live-blog the event. We would love to hear from you!

Also if you aren’t available to watch the event live, you can always watch the event later. All TEDxUlaanbaatar talks will be available after the event with subtitles in both languages! We look forward to seeing you soon!